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It would be an understatement to say that a lot has happened since Whiskey Myers was
last in the recording studio. Over two whirlwind years, the gritty Texas band hit #1 on
the iTunes Country Chart with their breakout third album ‘Early Morning Shakes,’
earned raves everywhere from Rolling Stone to USA Today, and toured the US and UK
relentlessly, slaying massive festival crowds and sharing stages with Lynyrd Skynyrd,
Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, and more along the way. You’d be forgiven, then,
for expecting things to work a little differently this time around when the band
reunited with acclaimed producer Dave Cobb for their stellar new album, ‘Mud.’ But as
it turns out, success doesn’t change a Southern gentleman, and they don’t come any
more Southern than Whiskey Myers.

Fueled by larger-than-life performances honed tight from countless nights on the road,
‘Mud’ finds the band scaling new heights of songwriting and musicianship, with searing
guitars, soulful vocals, and indelible hooks. While their approach to the music and
humble, hard-working attitudes may not have altered, there have been developments
in the Whiskey Myers world, most notably with the arrival of new faces. For the
recording sessions, the band’s five founding members—Cody Cannon on lead vocals and
guitar, Cody Tate and John Jeffers on guitars, Gary Brown on bass, and Jeff Hogg on
drums—fleshed out their sound with the addition of fiddler/keyboard player Jon
Knudson and percussionist Tony Kent, who are both now full-time members.

What the music sounds like is raw, visceral emotion: pride, faith, desire, defiance. The
songs on ‘Mud’ are stories of ordinary men and women standing up for their families
and honoring their roots. Home is sacred ground for Whiskey Myers, not just a plot of
land, but rather the cornerstone of an identity worth dying for. Fiddle-led album
opener “On The River” steps back to frontier times when the struggle for survival was a
daily one, while the epic title track promises a home-foreclosing banker “Ain’t no man
gonna take it away / Because it’s deep down in my blood / So step across the ol’
property line / And you’ll die right here in the mud.” “Frogman,” written with Rich
Robinson of the Black Crowes, follows a Southern man halfway around the world, as he
risks his life to defend freedom and fight terror in the Middle East as a Navy Seal, and
the Darrell Scott co-write “Trailer We Call Home” finds the beauty in simple things,
concluding, “Times get tough but love is strong / Here in this trailer that we call

As a result, Whiskey Myers’ music fits neatly into no genre. Sure, it’s heavily influenced
by country music (“My first record was ‘The Pressure Is On’ / Ain’t it funny how your life
can change with a song” Cannon sings on “Hank”), but the band credits everything from
Alan Jackson and Waylon Jennings to Led Zeppelin and Nirvana as inspiration. “Some
Of Your Love” channels old-school soul, while the bright, punchy horns of “Lightning
Bugs And Rain” flirts with Rolling Stones swagger, and “Good Ole’ Days” captures a
stripped-down, folky vibe, as the whole band sat in a circle singing together live. It all
adds up to what Cannon perhaps describes best as “no frills, no bullshit rock and roll.”

In the end, there may be no better word for Whiskey Myers than authentic. This music
is in their blood, and it flows as naturally from them as a spring feeding a mountain
creek. While a record this good is sure to send their (lone)star rising higher than ever
before, you can rest assured that success still won’t be changing this band any time
soon. They make music they’re proud of that celebrates where they come from and
makes people feel good. As far as they’re concerned, that’s all the success anyone
could ever ask for.