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Whiskey Myers - 2011 Firewater

ARTIST: Whiskey Myers
ALBUM: Firewater
LABEL: Smith Music Group/Thirty Tigers
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Cody Cannon - lead vocals, acoustic guitar * Cody Tate - lead guitar, vocals, rhythm guitar * John Jeffers - rhythm & lead guitar, vocals * Gary Brown - bass * Jeff Hogg - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bar, Guitar And A Honky Tonk Crowd * 02 Guitar Picker * 03 Ballad Of A Southern Man * 04 Calm Before The Storm * 05 Broken Window Serenade * 06 Cut From A Different Mold * 07 Turn It Up * 08 Virginia * 09 Anna Marie * 10 How Far * 11 Strange Dreams * 12 Song For You



We have a number of southern rock fans here at GD, and I'm sure many of you will be intrigued in following the fortunes of popular East Texas band Whiskey Myers. Bought to my attention by southern rock fan extraordinaire David Shaw, this band are big news in their Texan locale of Tyler TX. Now some of you will be asking. Where have I heard that town's name before? Well, if you've been with us for awhile, you'll recall that Tyler is also the home town of our favourite Tolkien-esque pomp rockers Hobbit! But unlike pomp rock, Whiskey Myers are saturated in the 70's swamp and swagger of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Allman Brothers, a touch of The Black Crowes while combining it with a 21st century approach that makes them popular around the Lone Star state. Not quite as heavy as some of the bands that came through the late 70's and early 80's surge, the Whiskey boys also add a folk country element to their songs, giving them appeal all across the Confederate territory. Not that some of the more prudish Americans will agree with the gun-toting southern way of life, but then I guess some of them (as per the lyrics in 'Ballad Of A Southern Man') just won't understand.. lol! Living among rednecks and bogans in Western Australia is kinda similar, but what do I care? Good music is universal. Released in April 2011, yeah ok we're a year late getting to this one, so forgive us the delay.

The Songs
The southern vibe kicks in immediately for the compellingly good 'Bar, Guitar And A Honky Tonk Crowd' (long title I know). Every trademark of southern rock from circa 1970 through to the modern day can be wrapped in songs such as these. 'Guitar Picker' not only features some smokin' guitar playing but the lyrics are good too, no throwaway lyrics as you might find somewhere else. The pick of the album is the 'Freebird' equivalent called 'Ballad Of A Southern Man'. Check out the video below which will give you an idea as to what WM are all about. The swampy 'Calm Before The Storm' is an easy on the ear midtempo ballad, so too the expansive wide open road balladry of 'Broken Window Serenade', with its breathtaking harmonica parts adding to the vista. 'Cut From A Different Mold' has that Texan blues/boogie element coming through the mix, the big drums and amped guitars fire this one up big time. 'Turn It Up' crosses all points of the southern divide, fusing every style east of Texas and west of Georgia. 'Virginia' is a moody and slow piece, melodic with some slide guitar to mix up its appeal. Unlike the foot-stomping acoustic jig 'Anna Marie' which has a certain sense of humour. The foot stomping continues onward to the bluesy rocker 'How Far', but when they get to 'Strange Dreams' this band is hitting its straps, an excellent track that finally gets close to the likes of GD faves Molly Hatchet. The band finish up with the 'song around the fire' effort 'Song For You', the crackle coming through the mix is either a very bad bit of distortion or the crackle of an open fire. I'll take the latter option. It's a long one too, a touch over 8 minutes.

In Summary
It's good to see bands like these navigating through the murky waterways of sweet treacle as offered up by Nashville, and diluting it with their brand of firewater, distilled to maximum effect. If you are investigating the band's music, check out their 2008 CD 'Road Of Life', and if you want some band merchandise (tees bundled with CD's), then look no further than their website. The south has a new band on the rise. Take a swig of your nearest liquid poison and salute Whiskey Myers.

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#1 | gdazegod on May 07 2012 11:13:57
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#2 | gdazegod on May 07 2012 11:17:16
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#3 | david on May 08 2012 02:25:49
A fine review from a mighty fine band. Kudos goes out to Dutchwang for recommended this band. At present i am listening to an Italian southern band called Smokey Fingers, Very guitar orientated and another band that i am checking out is Eli Cook.
#4 | rkbluez on November 23 2012 18:23:32
Great band can't wait for their next album...if you like southern rock chances are you'll love this disc...I was blown away by how good this band was...great recommendation from Dutchwang.

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