13 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their sophomore album, Whiskey Myers wrap themselves in the Stars and Bars as they serve up unadulterated Southern rock with gusto. The Texas-bred quintet recalls the ‘70s heyday of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, and other guitar-centric Dixie combos. Six-string ferocity and an ornery vocal attitude give tunes like “Bar, Guitar and a Honky Tonk Crowd,” “Turn It Up," and “Strange Dreams” the bite of a junkyard Rottweiler jacked up on Jim Beam. The band shows off its blues-boogie instincts on the hard-slamming “Different Mold” and embrace acoustic country on the quietly searing “Song for You.” Lead singer Cody Cannon reins in his throat-shredding tendencies to deliver “Virginia” with surprising tenderness and lend “Broken Window Serenade” an almost Dylanesque folk quality. If the album has a centerpiece, it’s “Ballad of a Southern Man,” a heartfelt expression of down-home pride that’s comparable to Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” in its mix of nostalgia and defiance. Producer Leroy Powell keeps the tracks sounding radio-ready without sanding down the band’s pugnacious edge.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their sophomore album, Whiskey Myers wrap themselves in the Stars and Bars as they serve up unadulterated Southern rock with gusto. The Texas-bred quintet recalls the ‘70s heyday of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, and other guitar-centric Dixie combos. Six-string ferocity and an ornery vocal attitude give tunes like “Bar, Guitar and a Honky Tonk Crowd,” “Turn It Up," and “Strange Dreams” the bite of a junkyard Rottweiler jacked up on Jim Beam. The band shows off its blues-boogie instincts on the hard-slamming “Different Mold” and embrace acoustic country on the quietly searing “Song for You.” Lead singer Cody Cannon reins in his throat-shredding tendencies to deliver “Virginia” with surprising tenderness and lend “Broken Window Serenade” an almost Dylanesque folk quality. If the album has a centerpiece, it’s “Ballad of a Southern Man,” a heartfelt expression of down-home pride that’s comparable to Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” in its mix of nostalgia and defiance. Producer Leroy Powell keeps the tracks sounding radio-ready without sanding down the band’s pugnacious edge.

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About Whiskey Myers

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 whatever gigs they could find in the East Texas area, attracting a large and enthusiastic following. Signing with Smith Entertainment, the band released a debut album, Road of Life, in 2008, following it with Firewater on the band's own Wiggy Thump imprint in 2011. Early Morning Shakes arrived early in 2014 and it pushed the band toward a wider audience, reaching number 10 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. Two years later, they expanded their audience with Mud, which debuted at number four on the Country Albums charts. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Elkhart, TX
  • FORMED
    2008

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