Over whiskey and through Zoom, Fred Minnick discovered a side of Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) the world doesn’t know.
On The Fred Minnick Show, Fleetwood confessed to the conversationalist—and inviting interviewer—that he misses “hugging” people while isolated from others in the coronavirus pandemic. “We are losing our sense of touch,” Fleetwood told Minnick. “It’s going to be a different world for a while.”
Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart, YouTube, Google Podcast and TuneIn, The Fred Minnick Show showcases Minnick’s two passions: music and whiskey. Minnick, a renowned whiskey critic, best-selling author of seven books and editor-in-chief of Bourbon+ magazine, drinks whiskey with artists, ranging from Clown of Slipknot to Rock & Roll Hall of Famer David Byrne, and is invited into their lives. After a couple sips of good bourbon, the musicians genuinely open up about their careers and passions. The interviews feel like two friends chatting over a good drink.
As Minnick’s seventeenth guest, Fleetwood nosed Minnick’s five curated whiskeys like a seasoned professional, revealing that smelling is his favorite of the five senses. Fleetwood tasted Barrell Bourbon Batch 21, Jack Daniel’s Tasters Select, Rhetoric 25-year-old, Cream of Kentucky and George T. Stagg. The drummer selected George T. Stagg as his favorite of the crop.
While tasting, Fleetwood and Minnick found a common note of “marzipan,” which led to a wonderful story from Fleetwood’s childhood about his grandma’s marzipan cake.
In addition, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer expressed his affection for former and current bandmates Peter Green and Neil Finn, respectively, while revealing the origins of his passions for ascots and the blues. And much, much more.
“I was really impressed with Mick‘s approach toward the whiskey. Most people I have to coach a little on how to properly nose and some I have to teach to not shoot it like they’re at a frat party,” Minnick said. “But Mick knew how to taste. And soon after the first sip, we really hit it off like two old friends getting reacquainted. More importantly, as we continue down this ‘new norm,’ this episode shows how much fun can be had sipping good bourbon with friends virtually.”
The hour-long interview is available on most podcast streaming devices and video of the Mick Fleetwood interview is also available on Minnick’s YouTube channel here:
Episode 1: https://youtu.be/V7AmQUCk4pY
Episode 2: https://youtu.be/_5lqqRtTLdU
Next week’s guest is Harry Shearer, the voice of Ned Flanders on The Simpsons, who is working with musicians in New Orleans to stay relevant during the pandemic. This episode will be available on Friday, May 8.