12 Songs, 52 Minutes

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. 

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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4:26
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3:28
4:29
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3:26
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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
  • GENRE
    Country
  • FORMED
    2008

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