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Texas five-piece Whiskey Myers—comprised of Cody Cannon, Cody Tate, Jeff Hogg, John Jeffers and Gary Brown—sounds like it could have existed in another time and place, when the airwaves were dominated by Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers. The group’s upcoming album, Early Morning Shakes, combines those greasy Southern rock riffs with countrified songwriting and Texas grit for something wholly unique.
“We never plan anything, believe it or not,” says leader Cody Cannon, laughing. “We didn’t plan on sounding that Southern rock in the beginning. It’s not like we sat around and played Skynyrd songs all day long. We grew up listening to stuff like that, and singer/songwriters, classic rock ’n’ roll, Southern rock, classic country. I guess if you listen to stuff like that your whole life it comes out the same way when you start creating.”
Early Morning Shakes, which was produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell) arrives on Feb. 4. Check out the premiere of the brooding rocker “Reckoning” right here, and read more about Whiskey Myers in the Dec. 30 issue of Country Weekly, on stands Dec. 21.