On our first episode of Whiskey Sour Happy Hour, mother-daughter duo Aubrie Sellers and Lee Ann Womack delivered a message we oh-so desperately needed to hear. Only a month into nationwide stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were all missing live music — with no visible light at the end of the music-less tunnel — and craving human connection as we fell into the new normal of isolation and social distancing.
This first night of performances from multiple BGS Friends and Neighbors, such as Yola, Watkins Family Hour, Billy Strings, and many more, reminded us of the power of both music and community. And while the depths of social isolation, not to mention the world’s seemingly constant negative news, may seem like the perfect breeding ground for pessimism and hopelessness, Sellers and Womack remind us that there is a sunny side — we just need to look for it.
So let us greet, with a song of hope, each day. We can get started by watching Sellers and Womack, with guitarist Ethan Ballinger, serenade Whiskey Sour Happy Hour listeners with their version of the Carter Family classic, “Keep on the Sunny Side.”