10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hard-boiled honky-tonker Whitey Morgan spends a serious amount of time on the road. For his band’s new studio album, they explore that experience, blending the steely energy of their hometown of Flint, Michigan with a simmering Texas heat. The self-produced LP finds Morgan bemoaning how his usual pick-me-ups can’t dig him out of a low place (the outlaw country number “Hard to Get High”), pondering divorce’s aftermath (the propulsive “Around Here”), and toasting his moth-eaten existence (the swaggering “Bourbon and the Blues”). Swerving between country-and-western and roadhouse traditions, the band provides a grizzled look at classic country fare. For Morgan, it’s not about reinventing the wheel, but fine-tuning a good time.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hard-boiled honky-tonker Whitey Morgan spends a serious amount of time on the road. For his band’s new studio album, they explore that experience, blending the steely energy of their hometown of Flint, Michigan with a simmering Texas heat. The self-produced LP finds Morgan bemoaning how his usual pick-me-ups can’t dig him out of a low place (the outlaw country number “Hard to Get High”), pondering divorce’s aftermath (the propulsive “Around Here”), and toasting his moth-eaten existence (the swaggering “Bourbon and the Blues”). Swerving between country-and-western and roadhouse traditions, the band provides a grizzled look at classic country fare. For Morgan, it’s not about reinventing the wheel, but fine-tuning a good time.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
48 Ratings
48 Ratings
Misguidedmommy ,

Real country with real soul

The steel guitar on on this album will wrap around your soul like a blanket. Wild and Reckless describes me daily. Tired of the Rain is brilliant, and relatable. What am I supposed to do strikes a nerve for a small business family like mine, in a way that makes me feel like someone understands. Just got Paid is the right amount of loud and pumping beat to get you revved up on a Friday after work. Around Here has a fantastic little thumping beat that you can jam out to driving. The entire album can easily be listened to on repeat without skipping a single song.

rebel rich ,

too short.

worst cd of all his music.i want my money back.

Nanker Phelger ,

He Tamed it Down a Bit

This album is a little slower IMO than the ones before. It's not bad, but it seems to lack those couple rocking honky tonk tunes we want. Still great music.

About Whitey Morgan and the 78's

Although he resides in the automotive capital of Flint, MI, vocalist/guitarist Whitey Morgan (real name Eric Allen) is a country boy through and through -- and one particularly beholden to Waylon Jennings and his fellow outlaw country posse -- David Allan Coe, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, and Ray Wylie Hubbard, as well as country traditionalists Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. In 2005, Morgan began assembling a group of sympathetic Motor City musicians to become his 78's, these being guitarists Jeremy "Leroy" Biltz and Benny James, bassist Jeremy Mackinder, and drummer Mike "Pops" Popovich.

After making a name for themselves in the local clubs, Whitey Morgan & the 78's connected with Detroit's own typically hard rock-oriented Small Stone Records to cut their debut album, Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels, with crucial assistance coming from session pedal steel player Fred Newell. Morgan and company underwent some personnel changes when Biltz left and fiddle player Tamineh Gueramy joined. They signed with Chicago's Bloodshot Records in 2009; their first album for the imprint, a self-titled affair, was issued in October of 2010. Along with the band, the effort included guest appearances by Larry Campbell, Drew Howard, Pete Ballard on pedal steel, and Mike Lynch on accordion and piano. The album's release was followed by a national headlining tour featuring added bandmembers Travis Harrett on drums, and Brett Robinson on pedal steel. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia & Thom Jurek

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