Whiskey Myers

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Loud and proud, they sing about what they know with a refreshing directness and clarity. Some call it rebel music, but it’s more like everyday soul. Their songs are stories, with relatable characters and situations. Stories of celebration, of mourning, of trials and triumph. Through the quality of these songs, and the band’s undeniable power in concert and on record, Whiskey Myers has attracted a devoted army of outspoken fans who pack venues, sing the band’s praises online, and continue to make them a growing word-of-mouth sensation. 

And now, they stand poised to unleash the thrilling Early Morning Shakes upon the world. Available on February 4, 2014 through the band’s own Wiggy Thump imprint, their latest full-length was recorded with noted producer Dave Cobb (whose credits include Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, and both Waylon and Shooter Jennings) and represents the culmination of years of dedication, experimentation, and refinement. Visceral and dynamic, the album’s 12 songs encompass an impressive range of perspectives and emotions – while finding the band’s musicianship honed to a razor’s edge. And though Early Morning Shakes is a great step forward creatively, it’s an organic one. As guitarist John Jeffers explains, “Staying true to ourselves and to our music has gotten us to the point we’re at. We really wanted to continue on that same track.” 

The collaboration with Cobb became a vital partnership, essential to Early Morning Shakes’ edgy yet accessible sound. “I have to credit Dave for creating a natural, relaxed recording atmosphere,” says drummer Jeff Hogg. “It allowed us to be comfortable, creative, and to better express ourselves. Plus, his experience mixing country and rock in his production works perfectly for us.” One listen to the lacerating title track – “The coolest song we haveever done,” beams lead singer and principal songwriter Cody Cannon – makes very clear that Cobb was an ideal choice to harness the band’s growing power and confidence. Although always unabashed, the soul of Whiskey Myers comes through clearer than ever on Early Morning Shakes,from the disarming tenderness of “Shelter from the Rain” to the winking rabble rousing on display in their version of outlaw forefather David Allen Coe’s “Need a Little Time Off for Bad Behavior.” It’s that rare album that promises to enthrall the band’s vocal, devoted fanbase while enticing new listeners. And it couldn’t come at a better time…

Whiskey Myers’ last record, Firewater, was released in the spring of 2011, and enjoyed a remarkable run on the Texas Music Charts that culminated with its third single “Anna Marie” reaching #1. Airplay success has led to larger and larger crowds, with the band now selling out 1,000-capacity venues with ease – and delivering stadium-sized shows grounded in the sincerity and unpretentious, fun-loving energy of their bar-band roots. “Our fans always tell us how much they get out of seeing us play,” says Cannon, “but it’s a two-way street: We get something, too. They inspire us to dedicate ourselves more and more to our music and our sound. And it sure feels like it’s paying off.”

As their chemistry onstage and in the studio reflect, Whiskey Myers is a brotherhood. The five members cut their teeth together, honing their chops side-by-side from an early age. Hailing from Neches, Texas, Cannon was given an acoustic guitar by his “wild-ass biker” (Cody’s words) grandpa, and guitarist John Jeffers’s dad taught them both the rudiments of the instrument. A job at a sporting goods store introduced Cannon to future Whiskey Myers lead guitarist Cody Tate, forming the songwriting core of the band. Upon moving to Tyler, Texas, they picked up drummer Jeff Hogg and enlisted Cannon’s cousin Gary Brown on bass—even though he’d never played the instrument before. 

What came next was a blur of gigs, songs, struggles, and victories: With each show, their natural bond as friends continued to grow into a formidable musical telepathy, and with each song they composed, their innate gifts as craftsmen were honed further. The resultant sound, taken to its apex on Early Morning Shakes, is hard-driving and immediate, steeped in the rich legacy of southern rock. Often reduced to a one-dimensional stereotype, the kind of music that inspired Whiskey Myers—artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, and Hank Williams, Jr.—is actually multifaceted and inventive, drawing from country, R&B, psychedelic rock, and stringband traditions.

In that tradition, Whiskey Myers are grand southern eclectics, pulling in an array of influences and seamlessly mingling them. Listeners can pick up traces of everything from grunge to rockabilly in the course of a set, united by Cannon’s soulfully heartfelt singing and Brown and Hogg’s solid, supple foundation. On top of it all, Tate and Jeffers intertwine their leads, soaring in harmony one moment, darting around one another in intricate improvisations the next. Sure, they’re rousing—just cue up “Hard Row to Hoe” or “Where the Sun Don’t Shine” from Early Morning Shakes for a dose of pile-driver intensity. But their range is wide and expanding, as is evidenced by the inclusion of moving, thoughtful reflections like “Reckoning” and the elegantly arranged “Colloquy.” 

In Whiskey Myers’ world, nothing is off-limits. Nothing is too personal, too sensitive, or too controversial to embrace and explore. Theirs is a confidence born of a long-standing brotherhood—a closeness that few groups can rival. That closeness even extends to their road crew, whose first two members were a cousin and childhood friend of Cannon and Jeffers. “Well we all grew up together,” bassist Brown explains. “We’re two sets of cousins. Some of us have been friends since we were two or three years old.”

Cannon picks up the thread immediately, adding “Plus, after six years together, you know each other through and through. We know who we are, and try our best to stay true to ourselves and to our music.

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Whiskey Myers  07/15/2008            
Great new band with a really great sound!!!! Way to go guys keep up the good work!!!!
Whiskey Myers  07/15/2008            
Great new band with a really great sound!!!! Way to go guys keep up the good work!!!!
Whiskey Myers  07/11/2008            
The only good thing about this cd is when 'tate' sings. Brutal stuff really. Texas music is on the way out and this isnt changing that fact. This might be the worst Texas country CD ive heard in 8 years or so.
Whiskey Myers  07/11/2008            
Watch out Allman Bro's! Just kidding, but for real, i have seen these guys live and they are legit! Closest thing to new greatness that i have seen in a while...Buy It, it wont leave your cd player.
Whiskey Myers  07/09/2008            
This is the best CD I have. And they are even better live! I Love you guys!
Whiskey Myers  07/09/2008            
These kids have a really great sound. I listen to the CD over and over, just can't seem to get enough.
Whiskey Myers  07/09/2008            
For all you old tyme Southern Rock Fans this is the CD for you. I bought it at their cd release party in April and it has never left my cd player. Know almost all the words to all the songs play it as loud as the stereo will go and sing my lungs out. And to see them in concert is well.. freakin AWESOME. and..I have turned them on to all my friends and family that have ears and have yet to have anybody say anything less than WOW! Check them out live or recorded I promise you wont be disapointed.
Whiskey Myers  07/08/2008            
Jim David
I saw them in Houston with the Marshall Tucker Band and got a copy of their cd at the concert cause they were good live. The cd is the best new cd I have bought in a long time.
Whiskey Myers  07/03/2008            
PennyLynn Webb
Interview and Musical Review that appeared in the July 3 Issue of The Messenger, an East TExas Newpaper 'Whiskey Myers’: A Singing Group For The Ages By PennyLynn Webb “Just make us look cool”, is what John Jeffers Lead and Rhythm Guitarist of the band Whiskey Myers told me as we concluded an interview in my office. The irony is, I don’t have to try to make them look cool, Whiskey Myers is the coolest Southern Rock band to hit the scene since the prime of The Allman Brothers, Credence Clearwater Revival and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Their music with its rich incendiary sound breaks through the barrier of time taking us back to when music made your soul feel free. For those of you who haven’t been formally introduced, Whiskey Myers is the newest and brightest star of the Texas music scene. Lead singer Cody Cannon of Neches and Vocalist, Rhythm and Lead Guitarist Cody Tate of Grapeland met while working at Hibbits, a sporting goods store in Palestine. Cannon introduced Tate to his longtime friend John Jeffers of Palestine. Wanting to embark on becoming a band, in 2005 these guys began jamming at the homes of their friends and family, calling themselves “Lucky Southern”. They were eventually joined by Cannon’s cousin Gary Brown who plays Bass and long time friend Jeff Hogg on drums. When the group found out that there was already a band named “Lucky Southern” in existence, the name “Whiskey Myers” emerged and became their new calling card. Their humble beginnings in 2007 had them playing concerts for their friends and family on flatbed trailers. “They’ve since have made leaps and bounds in their career opening for Roger Creager, The Eli Young Band and The Randy Roger Band just to name a notable few. Now on the verge of signing a contract with Smith Entertainment, their first album is set to be released in stores on July 15, all the while readying themselves to lay down tracks on a second album. Lead singer Cody Cannon has a voice that could be likened to the sound of Gregg Allman lead singer of The Allman Brothers with a hint of Jon Bon Jovi and maybe a splash of lead singer of Guns n Roses, Axel Rose. Already seasoned for success, his voice is layered with wisdom well beyond his years. Cody Tate, who can give an on-spot impersonation of Billy Givens of ZZ Top, has this amazing gravely voice that is very alluring. John Jeffers and Gary Brown are no slouches when it comes to their vocal offerings. One of the truly amazing things about this group is that they’ve not had formal musical training. John Jeffers and Cody Tate learned their guitar skills from their fathers. Cody Cannon was taught by Jeffers’ father. Their guitar prowess could be likened to that of the Counting Crows, the Marshall Tucker Band or Lynyrd Skynyrd. Both are adequately proficient with Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Jeffers and Tate exchange their roles throughout the concert, even during songs. Drummer Jeff Hogg is the only one who can read music. After learning to play the snare drum in band class, he taught himself how to play a drum set. And although Gary Brown has only been playing Bass for the past year, he effectively fills in the gaps. While these guys are wide eyed and euphoric, soaking up the experience of this wild and crazy ride, they remain grounded in the fact that they are not willing to cave into industry pressure. When asked if they would consider caving to industry pressure if the money was right, Tate answered, “It might change, but it won’t be influenced. From the beginning to where you are ten years down the road, it’s going to be different music, like it or not.” He continued with, “We’re not trying to sound like anybody else. Were just trying to play what we love. Even if it’s ten years from now we are going to play what we want to play.” When asked if they wanted to be famous, Cody Cannon replied, “Everybody wants to be famous. We’re playing because we love it. This is all we’ve got, this is all we do.” John Jeffers followed with, “We want to be up there playing. We want to do it. We are dedicated to doing this. We don’t have anything to fall back on. We don’t necessarily want to be famous, but we do want to be successful. We’re doing what we love and we hope to continue doing it.” Their album is full of rock worthy songs that Southern Rock fans will want to listen to at full volume. Their fresh and in your face lyrics can be heard on “Summer 2005” the autobiographical song about how it all began, and “TYA”, a song about a girl that is threatening to leave. The band digs soulfully deeper with Russell’s Song, an introspective song about the life of Cody Tate’s childhood friend Russell Pennington who was struck by lighting. “American Outlaw”, with it’s wicked guitar intro, gives the listener the feeling of a front row seat to an old west gunslingers face off. Each song on the album has a sound uniquely it’s own. While the sound on their CD Road of Life is a no holds barred spiritual offering to the altar of Southern Rock, the live resonance of this group is amazingly electrified as they feed off the energy of the crowd. At times they get so lost in the performance with a music high they forget the crowd is there. This group’s sound and performance, even on a bad day, will out live your expectations. Not yet jaded by the attention of the crowd, they all profess a love of visiting with the crowd after their performances and ladies, Cody Tate is the only one currently in a relationship. If you haven’t seen or heard of Whiskey Myers you can check them out at www.whiskeymeyers.com or www.myspace.myers/whiskey.
Whiskey Myers  06/15/2008            
Saw these guys not too long ago at Bootleggers in Tyler, thought I was at a Ragweed concert or somthing. Amazing show! These boys are dang good!
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