Early Morning Shakes CD (2014)

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Specifications

Label Thirty-One Tigers/red
SKU 260246558
UPC 794504955057
UPC 14 00794504955057
Format CD
Release Date 2/4/2014
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Author Whiskey Myers
Artist Influence Led Zeppelin
Artist Influence Lynyrd Skynyrd
Artist Influence The Allman Brothers Band
Artist Contemporary Cross Canadian Ragweed
Artist Contemporary Eric Church
Artist Contemporary Jason Aldean
Artist Contemporary Randy Houser
Artist Contemporary Randy Rogers
Artist Contemporary Reckless Kelly
Technical Info
Producer Dave Cobb
CatalogID WM 95515
Lable Name Wiggy Thump
Released 2013
Original Release 2014
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 52m : 35s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00794504955057
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Audio Mixer: Dave Cobb.
Photographers: Kaysie Dorsey; Gary Dorsey.
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
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
Disc 1
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
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Artist Whiskey Myers

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