Whiskey Myers Throws Down at The Fillmore Charlotte
The Die Rockin’ Tour Makes a Stop in the Queen City
Texas natives Whiskey Myers brought their Die Rockin’ Tour to Charlotte Thursday evening and it was a boot-stomping, beer-drinking good time. The band got started with two friends, Cody Cannon, and Cody Tate getting together to play guitar and jamming to the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr. Joined by guitarist John Jeffers, they started calling themselves Lucky Southern. After a while, the three decided to get serious about the band, enlisting the help of others, and hit the Texas scene hard. Before you know it, Whiskey Myers was becoming a staple in the local Red Dirt music community.
In 2008, the band released their debut album Road of Life and in 2011 followed up with the Firewater record which earned then a Top 30 spot on the Billboard Country Albums Chart thanks in part to the single “Ballad of a Southern Man.” Things really started to get cranking for Whiskey Myers with their breakout third album Early Morning Shakes and 2016’s Mud album. In 2018, the band caught a break with a cameo appearance in Kevin Costner’s new television drama Yellowstone.
Their music was featured in four of the episodes, spiking interest and moving their records back up in the charts. The band is currently out on tour in support of their highly anticipated, upcoming Die Rockin’ album.
What exactly is Whisky Myers all about? In the words of the famous Osmond siblings, Donny and Marie, “they’re a little bit country and they’re a little bit rock and roll; a little bit of Memphis and Nashville with a little bit of Motown in their soul.” Their sound truly defies genre with a fantastic blend of rock, southern rock, country, blues, and soul. They are southern to the core with an energetic live show and brilliant songs that are easy to relate to. You can take the band out of Texas but you can’t take Texas out of the band as Whiskey Myers brought a little of that Texas Red Dirt magic to fans at the Fillmore.
The evening got off to a great start with Missouri native Bones Owens opening the show. Bones is a sought after touring and session musician and former guitarist for Yelawolf and Mikky Ekko.
His solo career took off with his 2014 debut EP and he hasn’t looked back since. With the recent release of the new single “Bout Time,” Bones is turning heads in a big way.
He took the stage at the Fillmore, guitar in hand with only a drummer set up stage left to back him up. Owens’ music is also a great blend of rock, country, and various genres and is a perfect fit for the bill. His vocals resonated well across the venue and his guitar playing was stellar.
Bones is both a gifted musician and gifted songwriter and his set at the Fillmore Thursday night showed he has what it takes to be one of the best.
The audience loved him and I’m sure that he made a lot of new, lifelong fans that night.
After the requisite break between acts, the Whiskey Myers logo lit up in a dazzling display at the rear of the stage as the band made their way to the stage launching into the first song of the night, “Frogman.”
The tune follows the journey of a southern Navy Seal fighting against terrorism in the Middle East and was written with Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes. It’s a powerhouse of a song both musically and lyrically and an audience favorite.
The stage set up was simple, focusing on the music and the songs rather than a fancy set up. Lead vocalist Cody Cannon was front and center at his microphone, often strapping on a guitar with guitarists Cody Tate and John Jeffers flanking him. Drummer Jeff Hogg was set up behind Cannon along with keyboardist and percussionist Tony Kent next to him and bass guitarist Jamey Gleaves on the other side. Every member of the band possesses mad skills resulting in a sonic quality that is pure and unadulterated by electronics or studio effects.
Cannon is a true firecracker on stage with an innate ability to excite the crowd, getting them involved in the show. I must give a special shout out to Tony Kent who can rock a tambourine like no one else.
He was an absolute mad man all night long and was a favorite topic of conversation of fans. “Look at that guy with the tambourine!” “Check him out, he is out of control!” Cannon brought out the harmonica for “Broken Window Serenade” and Cody Tate took over on lead vocals for “Cut From A Different Mold” as well as provided an awesome bluesy solo. One of the many highlights of the show was the all-out jam session during “Early Morning Shakes” with everyone having their moment to shine. The setlist included songs from all their albums along with a few from the upcoming album including the title track “Die Rockin’” which is destined for to become a Whiskey Myers classic.
Guitarist John Jeffers took lead vocals on the blues rocker “Bitch” while Cannon had the stage to himself for “Home.”
Their first big hit “Ballad of a Southern Man” was a special song for many in attendance who could relate to the lyrics and the struggles of life. The band closed out the night with “Stone” from their 2016 Mud album, one of the songs that were featured on the Yellowstone show.
It was an explosive night of music that had us on our feet all night long. We sang. We danced. We laughed. We cried. Don’t miss your chance to see the Die Rockin’ Tour when it hits a city near you. Get yourself “Deep Down in the South” with Whiskey Myers for a night you will never forget. Find tour dates and ticket information HERE.
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