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AAA Music | 16 October 2019

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WHISKEY MYERS – Home

| On 21, Nov 2014

When you hear this track, be prepared for the soulful, blues rock overload that is about to envelop your ear canals.

This Texan quintet will be sure to satisfy that Southern itch (Just to make it clear, I mean in a purely in a geographical sense and not that of the human anatomy, you understand) with this corker of a single, released ahead of their new album, Early Morning Shakes.

These boys have been together for over six years and their solidity in songwriting is obvious from the moment my digit struck the play button. Their ‘tight but loose’ feel is one that enlists the attention of the listener from the get go, engulfing the senses in a way that a bourbon-soaked bandit gets overpowered by the heat from the mid-day sun. With a healthy and welcoming introduction of slide playing that is the common thread throughout the track, shows that Whiskey Myers aren’t afraid to stay true to their roots. This, I believe, allows the listener to enter the bands own world, as if walking through the swinging doors of a spit-and-sawdust saloon. When the lead vocal explodes into this piece (courtesy of the aptly named, Cody Cannon) and with the vibrant, awe-inspiring gospel backing vocals boosting them, the authenticity of this track that is set up from the start is validated.

With a video that is reflective, yet far from twee, the band pay homage to a place that they have grown-up in: a place called Palestine, Texas. Through the grainy filters, you get a true sense that this is an honest, blue-collar and straight-talking band that hasn’t changed their personalities from those early days. This is something that I find refreshing in today’s music: songwriting straight from the heart without the over-glamourised rambunctiousness of contemporary music. These five boys from the South mean everything they intend on this single and more.

Chris Hutchings

Review Overview

Chris Hutchings
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Very Good

This is something that I find refreshing in today's music: songwriting straight from the heart without the over-glamourised rambunctiousness of contemporary music.