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Format: CD
Sku: 260246558
UPC: 794504955057
UPC 14: 00794504955057
Release Date: 2/4/2014
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Early Morning Shakes
2. Hard Row To Hoe
3. Dogwood
4. Shelter From the Rain
5. Home
6. Headstone
7. Where the Sun Don'T Shine
8. Reckoning
9. Wild Baby Shake Me
10. Lightning
11. Need a Little Time Off For Bad Behavior
12. Colloquy

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Cody Cannon (vocals); John Jeffers (guitar, slide guitar, lap steel guitar, background vocals); Cody Tate (guitar, background vocals); Chris Hennessee (harp); Michael Webb (keyboards); Gary Brown (bass guitar); Jeff Hogg (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Dave Cobb.
Muze PNote Photographers: Kaysie Dorsey; Gary Dorsey.
Muze PNote Early Morning Shakes, the third full-length from Tyler, Texas' Whiskey Myers, was produced by veteran Dave Cobb (who also helmed the sessions for Jason Isbell's Southeastern). Frontman Cody Cannon and company retain the hard-edged brand of Southern rock they've pursued from the beginning, leaving most traces of the Red Dirt scene's brand of country from 2011's Firewater and their self-titled debut fading in the rearview. (Firewater actually debuted at number 26 on Billboard's Country Albums chart.) There are country tinges here, especially in the excellent "Dogwood" and "Shelter from the Rain," but these have more in common with the music on Dickey Betts' Highway Call than Nashville, and there are two interesting, largely acoustic numbers ("Reckoning" and "Colloquy"). These cuts prove the exceptions on the set. The rest of these songs are constructed of loud and proud guitar riffs, popping rim shots, and blues-rock that nod equally to Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd. (Though they should have known better than to record "Hard Road to Hoe," which is a blatant rip-off of the former's trademark "Heartbreaker" vamp.) Cobb's collaboration with the band adds an important element, and one that Skynyrd used to great effect: a soaring, soulful, female backing chorus that draws directly on the inspiration of Muscle Shoals-era R&B. It adds another dimension to the twin-guitar attack of Cody Tate and John Jeffers (who never wander off into self-indulgence here). Check the set's first single, "Home," the opening title track, and "Wild Baby Shake Me" for three excellent examples. "Where the Sun Don't Shine" delves too deeply into Texas's Red Dirt's wanna-be-outlaw songwriting xenophobia. On the other hand, the reading of David Allan Coe's "Need a Little Time Off for Bad Behavior" features the swampy, Deep Purple-esque organ, chugging harmonica, whinnying lap steel, and female backing vocals of the original while adding canny new textures and a funkier, greasier groove. Early Morning Shakes breaks no new ground, but Whiskey Myers aren't trying to. Though the band still needs to focus more on its songwriting, this set gives the listener a real feel for Whiskey Myers' live presence, making this set a kinetic (mostly) enjoyable whole. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Dave Cobb

Artist Overview

Built on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Southern rock template, complete with country and blues overtones, Whiskey Myers formed in Elkhart, Texas when housemates Cody Cannon and Cody Tate began writing songs together. Soon enlisting the help of friend and guitarist John Jeffers, they began calling themselves Lucky Southern. Relocating to Tyler, Texas, they added Jeff Hogg and Gary Brown to the band, and after a name change to Whiskey Myers, began playing whatever gigs they could find in the East Texas area, attracting a large and enthusiastic following. Signing with Smith Entertainment, the band released a debut album, Road of Life, in 2008, following it with Firewater in 2011. ~ Steve Leggett

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations TEXAS MUSIC SCENE LIVE VOL 1(Live)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2014
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : WM 95515
Music Label Name Label : Wiggy Thump
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00794504955057

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Whiskey Myers
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