Whiskey Myers returns to Lubbock on May 16 at The Office for their first show since the band's third album released.
“Everyone in the world has the right to listen to music. It’s our job to make it as good as we possibly can.”
Very profound words from Whiskey Myers’ lead singer Cody Cannon. And if you believe the reviews not only from the Texas and regional publications and blogs, as well as the likes of “USA Today,” “Esquire” magazine and the Billboard country music charts top 10, as well as the number one country album on iTunes, Whiskey Myers’ third album, “Early Morning Shakes” makes Cannon a prophet with those words as well.
Whiskey Myers returns to Lubbock on May 16 at The Office for their first show since the album’s release. This is a show expected to contain the energy that gravitates people toward the honesty and true nature of Whiskey Myers’ music.
It all came together for Whiskey Myers’ third album. Building on the success of two previous releases, Cannon and bandmates Cody Tate (lead guitar and vocals), John Jeffers (rhythm guitar and vocals), Gary Brown (bass) and Jeff Hogg (drums) went into the studio with about eight songs composed and with the help of producer Dave Cobb.
“Dave Cobb brought it out of us,” said Cannon of the producer with producing credits under his belt to the likes of Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson and Jason Isbell. “He saw more in us and went down and got it. There were times when he would ask me to do something and I didn’t get it, but then I heard it and we all bought in.”
What comes across in “Early Morning Shakes” is a dark feel with music and lyrics in tunes like “Headstone,” “Shelter from the Rain,” “Where the Sun Don’t Shine” and “Reckoning” balanced out by more upbeat tracks like “Home,” “Wild Baby Shake Me” and the David Allan Coe tune, “Need a Little Time off for Bad Behavior.”
Dark isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either. “It’s just where we all were,” said Cannon. “We didn’t mean to go into the studio and make this really dark album, and it started darker than it wound up, but that’s what came out. And we’re fine with that.”
Part of the consistent theme of “Early Morning Shakes” is the countless references to nature which Cannon attributes to his upbringing.
“I’m just a kid from the woods,” said Cannon. “I write what I know. I’ve never been able to sit down with a group of people and say, ‘Hey, what are we going to write about today?’ I don’t work that way.”
Returning to Lubbock is always special for Whiskey Myers, as this area saw one of the most memorable performance Cannon has ever done, the Waylon Jennings Birthday Bash in 2012. It started pouring rain in Whiteface, Texas, and Whiskey Myers played the most energetic set of the night.
“It was Waylon’s seventy-fifth birthday celebration, and I wasn’t going to let a little rain get in the way of us paying tribute to Waylon Jennings,” Cannon said.
As a patron at Waylon Bash that night, I can personally vouch for that performance as the best of Waylon Bash 2012. And with everything Whiskey Myers is doing, and with their latest work, Jennings is probably somewhere smiling.
By Scott Fitzgerald
Lubbock’s best bet concerts in May
- May 16: Whiskey Myers with Josh Grider – The Office
- May 18, 20: The Reverend Horton Heat – Jake’s Back Room
- May 25: KFMX Purple Party feat. Staind, The Deftones, Crobot, Hellyeah, Skid Row – Lonestar Ampitheater
- May 30: Jack White – Wild West. (Sold out)
- May 31: Zac Wilkerson – The Blue Light