Bourbon Aristocracy
The Bourbon Aristocracy plays 100-proof bottled-in-bond Kentucky bluegrass - authentic traditional music from a simpler time.

The band includes fiddler/vocalist Ryan Hinshaw, banjoist/vocalist Joe Rauen, bassist Pete Wojtowicz, guitarist/vocalist Ethan Taylor Sellers, and frequent guests on mandolin and dobro.

The Bourbon Aristocracy's repertoire includes bluegrass classics from artists such as Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Del McCoury, Stanley Brothers, and many more - alongside more recent bluegrass favorites and songs by classic country artists like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

Tthe band's public engagements have included Shedd Aquarium, Fiddler's Hearth, Untitled,Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Company, Skokie Public Library, Long Grove Vintage Days, Mrs. Murphy's Irish Bistro,Glenview Park District, Chicago Park District, Downtown Oak Park, and the Louisville Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Bourbon Aristocracy name pays tribute to Kentucky's gift to the whiskey world (bourbon, of course) and one of Ethan Taylor Sellers' distant relatives from Kentucky, E.H. Taylor. nephew of U.S. President Zachary Taylor. E.H. Taylor was the father of the modern bourbon industry, through his distillery and his efforts to pass the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, and Pure Food and Drug Act, two pieces of legislation which collectively ensure the authenticity and purity of bourbon whiskey.

The Bourbon Aristocracy plays authentic bluegrass worthy of this heritage.


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Bourbon Aristocracy

Bourbon Aristocracy