Tribune-Courier General Manager
Spencer Balentine said he was on the wrong end of a mop cleaning the floors at the Silver Trail Distillery in Hardin last week when his phone rang. On the other end of the line was a caller with an invitation to attend the 86th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Balentine, owner of the distillery, said was he was honored to receive the invitation.
On March 1 Balentine and his moonshine girls, Amanda Powell of Benton and Sarah Alexander of Farmington, will be in Los Angeles to pour sips of LBL’s Most Wanted Moonshine. They will be in a red carpet suite on Hollywood Boulevard as rehearsal takes place for the show which will air on ABC on Sunday, March 2.
Balentine said he was invited to attend the event by representatives of Celebrity Connected, an event planning firm from Los Angeles, whom he had met during a George Jones Memorial Concert in Nashville last year.
“We really connected with that company,” said Balentine. “We had the most popular booth at the event. They remembered us and asked us to serve our product to the celebrities.”
Balentine said Powell and Alexander were excited at the prospect of buying gowns for the event, but he said the company specifically asked them to come dressed in their LBL Most Wanted attire.
“I told them no, no they want us to come in our moonshine clothes like we are in our poster,” said Balentine, who is frequently accompanied by Powell and Alexander, two shot-gun toting models dressed in Daisy Duke shorts and plunging necklines with cowboy boots and plenty of bling.
Balentine said he’s looking forward to rubbing elbows with the stars and has been told any pictures or video taken during the event will be available for his use for future promotional use.