Like his favorite poet, Charles Bukowski, Rolf Gehrung doesn’t hesitate to write about drinking. And his new alternative country album, “Drinking Poems” — as the title suggests — invokes plenty of imbibing references.
Gehrung, who has an English degree from California State University, Long Beach, and plays bass for the North County rock band Machine, grew up on punk music in Orange County. And while marketing has provided a better living than music, he has sold some of his songs to TV shows such as “The West Wing,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “Diagnosis Murder” and “Brooklyn South.”
Gehrung’s album features twang-less, California country that will put a tear in your beer.
We spoke to him about drinking songs and TV music at his home in Templeton.
club.” And she’s like, “So what do you want to do in the next five years?” And he’s like, “Well, I haven’t given it much thought but” (sings) “in my next five beers, I’ll probably still be sitting here, working on my goal to drink ’em while they’re cold and livin’ life by ear.” That’s me — I’m the next five-beer guy.