I’m not sure if this is interesting or just odd, but if you haven’t already come across the Haunted Saloon in your western web-surfing, you should check it out and see what you think. The Haunted Saloon website bills itself as the “World’s First Live Internet TV Western.” They offer a live webcast from Tombstone, Arizona, every Tuesday night at 10 pm Pacific (7 pm Eastern). It’s a kind of a costumed call-in talk show with host Terry Ike Clanton channeling the persona of Joseph “Ike” Clanton (of OK Corral gunfight fame). Or something like that. I’m still trying to figure it all out.
The Haunted Saloon website has an archive of clips from prior shows (the webcast started in 2007), including interviews with a psychic who explains various ghostly happenings in Tombstone, conversations with historians who explain non-ghostly happenings in Tombstone history, and, in the clips embedded below, a detailing of the history of the Old Crow Straight Bourbon Whiskey (with Bruce the Bartender in the role of expert guide), and a bourbon tasting with the great grandson of Jim Beam (this involves, by the way, time travel, and instructions on how to “chew” bourbon).
Bourbon tasting with Fred Noe (descendant of Jim Beam):
I still don’t know quite what to think about the “World’s First Live Internet TV Western” and its combination of (at least at little) real historical fact and unreal spoofy silliness (time travel to drink bourbon with Jim Beam’s great grandson). Any ideas?