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Editors’ Notes

Whiskey Myers’ cover of David Allan Coe’s “Need a Little Time Off for Bad Behavior” assures fans that the Texas quintet haven’t lost their spitballs on the Dave Cobb–produced Early Morning Shakes. Cobb (who also produced Jason Isbell’s acclaimed Southeastern album and artists such as Jamey Johnson and Waylon and Shooter Jennings) knows his share about how to keep a tough Southern rock band close enough to their roots to be real without losing the band’s individual identity. Here, singer Cody Cannon handles the reflective songs—“Shelter from the Rain,” “Reckoning”—with a heart-tugging authenticity that would make Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant proud. The title track, “Hard Row to Hoe," and “Lightning” trudge with tough hard rock from Cody Tate and John Jeffers’ electric guitars and an uncompromising groove from Jeff Hoggs’ drums and Gary Brown’s basslines. Touches of The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, Willie Nelson, and Skynyrd (of course) all poke through Whiskey Myers' own expert playing. 

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True Country Outlaws

These guys are amazing. They make great music that is far from mainstream cookie cutter country. The southern rock influences are apparent as well as classic country. These guys are true outlaws of country with another great album!

Amazing band, amazing songwriters

A friend introduced me to Whiskey Myers two years ago and I got hooked. I even managed to see them live in Washington DC last fall and they put on a hell of a show. The ill-informed reviewer that called them a ripoff of "Wanted Dead or Alive" has obviously not listened to them. They are a proud, unapologetic southern rock (or outlaw country) mixed with gospel, blues and some other genres. If you have never heard Whiskey Myers, take a listen, I doubt you'll be disappointed. The early releases off the album are great and I can't wait for the rest next week. I would also like them to return to the DC area soon!


After listening to one song I was hooked. I am now an instant fan. Not sure how this band has stayed under the mainstream radar. Great album!


Formed: 2008 in Elkhart, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Built on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Southern rock template, complete with country and blues overtones, Whiskey Myers formed in Elkhart, Texas when housemates Cody Cannon (lead vocals and guitar) and Cody Tate (lead guitar) began writing songs together. Soon enlisting the help of friend and guitarist John Jeffers, the trio began calling themselves Lucky Southern. Relocating to Tyler, Texas, they added Jeff Hogg (drums) and Gary Brown (bass) to the band, and after a name change to Whiskey Myers, began playing...
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