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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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 Ratings

zmac071 ,

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!

TimP21117 ,

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!

Captain Red Rooster ,

Not too shabby

never heard of them!!! their album color looked cool!!! when your not looking for a new artist is when you find some one!!! a breath of fresh air from big labels!!!

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