WHISKEY MYERS – CD RELEASE SHOW
USA Today has done a big preview of the new Whiskey Myers album “Early Morning Shakes” including a free stream of every song on the album plus a great review. http://smarturl.it/EMS_USA
Whiskey Myers make honest music.
Loud and proud, they sing about what they know with a refreshing directness and clarity. Some call it rebel
music, but it’s more like everyday soul. Their songs are stories, with characters and situations that are
immediately relatable. Stories of celebration, of mourning, of trials and triumph. Through the quality of
these songs, and their undeniable power in concert and on record, the band has attracted a devoted army of
outspoken fans who pack venues, sing the band’s praises online, and continue to make Whiskey Myers a
growing word-of-mouth sensation.
Whiskey Myers’ most recent full-length,
, was released on their own Wiggy Thump imprint in the
spring of 2011. It continues to sell steadily, enjoying a remarkable run on the Texas Music Charts that
culminated with its third single “Anna Marie” reaching #1. All over their home state, they are commanding
larger and larger crowds, selling out 1,000-capacity venues with ease and delivering stadium-sized shows
grounded in the sincerity and unpretentious, fun-loving energy of their bar-band roots. “Our fans always
tell us how much they get out of seeing us play,” says lead singer Cody Cannon, “ but it’s a two-way street:
We get something, too. They inspire us to dedicate ourselves more and more to our music and our sound.
And it sure feels like it’s paying off.”
As their chemistry onstage and in the studio reflect, Whiskey Myers is a brotherhood. The five members cut
their teeth together, honing their chops side-by-side from an early age. Hailing from Palestine, Texas,
Cannon was given an acoustic guitar by his “wild-ass biker” (Cody’s words) grandpa, and guitarist John
Jeffers’s dad taught them both the rudiments of the instrument. A job at a sporting goods store introduced
Cannon to future Whiskey Myers lead guitarist Cody Tate, forming the songwriting core of the band. Upon
moving to Tyler, Texas, they picked up drummer Jeff Hogg and enlisted Cannon’s cousin Gary Brown on
bass—even though he’d never played the instrument before.
What came next was a blur of gigs, songs, struggles, and victories: With each show, their natural bond as
friends continued to grow into a formidable musical telepathy, and with each song they composed, their
innate gifts as craftsmen were honed further. The resultant sound, so perfectly crystallized on
hard-driving and immediate, steeped in the rich legacy of southern rock. Often reduced to a one-
dimensional stereotype, the kind of music that inspired Whiskey Myers—artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the
Allman Brothers, and Hank Williams, Jr.—is actually multifaceted and inventive, drawing from country,
R&B, psychedelic rock, and stringband traditions.
In that tradition, Whiskey Myers are grand southern eclectics, pulling in an array of influences and
seamlessly mingling them. Listeners can pick up traces of everything from grunge to rockabilly in the
course of a set, united by Cannon’s soulfully heartfelt singing and Brown and Hogg’s solid, supple
foundation. On top of it all, Tate and Jeffers intertwine their leads, soaring in harmony one moment, darting
around one another in intricate improvisations the next. Sure, they’re rousing—just cue up “Bar, Guitar,
and a Honky Tonk Crowd” or “Turn It Up” for a dose of pile-driver intensity. But they’re range is wide and
expanding to encompass touching pleas like “Broken Window Serenade” and the acoustic stomp of “Anna
In Whiskey Myers’ world, nothing is off-limits. Nothing is too personal, too sensitive, or too controversial
to embrace and explore. Theirs is a confidence born of a long-standing brotherhood—a closeness that few
groups can rival. “Well we all grew up together,” bassist Brown explains. “We’re two sets of cousins. Some
of us have been friends since we were two or three years old.”
Cannon picks up the thread immediately, adding “Plus, after six years touring in a van together, you know
each other through and through. We know who we are, and try our best to stay true to ourselves and to our
It has long been said that country music belongs in the South, but the Enumclaw, WA based group Aces Up is challenging that notion. With a unique blend of blue collar country and the raw energy of the famous Seattle rock scene, they deliver hard hitting, boot stomping, feel good country music that consistently sells out the Northwest’s premier venues. In addition to receiving national airplay, Aces Up has shared the stage with country music artists Gretchen Wilson, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Uncle Kracker, Jack Ingram, Steve Holy, Big and Rich and many more.
With a voice that belies his 25 years, front man Tyler Adams can croon a heartfelt ballad like “One lane road” just as easily as he can growl a blistering barn burner like “Cars, guitars, & honky tonk bars”. Former marine Jason Adams holds down telecaster duties while a solid rhythm section of seasoned veterans on bass and Barrett Nelson on drums keeps the dance floor packed.
It is no surprise that Aces Up has quickly become a favorite of even the most discerning country music fans up and down the West Coast, and a welcome addition to the playlists of committed rockers. With the 2011 release of their Exact Records debut album “Backyard Superstars,” look for them on tour bringing their authentic and original Northwest blend of country and rock to the rest of the world.
Caldwell Jack & The Sixpack
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Caldwell Jack & The Six Pack is a good timin’ band playin’ revved up honky tonk, drinkin’ n dancin’ country music, and their own brand of Outlaw Garage Country.
These boys formed and are currently in Los Angeles though drawing their heart and inspiration from places all over this fine country.
They’ve been on the same bill for national acts such as Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Josh Thompson and the Jagermiester Country Tour, Amy Dalley and Jack Sizemore, Johnzo West, Jason Charles Miller and the Johnny Cash tribute authorities, Cash’d Out.
The band is fronted by John Caldwell, a singin n strummin cowboy from southern Ohio. Davey Grimm, band founder, bassist, vocals, locks in on beat and throws that 70s country phaser on to give that extra honky tonk. On piano, organ and harmonica is Daniel “Free Range” Schuck, a seasoned and tasty player giving the band that old time feel. Joaquin Sanchez brings that twangy lead geeeeeetar feel with heavy dose of classic rock. Drummer Sean Drummond gets those boots stompin while providing the solid rhythm for the rest of the band to deliver firey performances. The members bring a vast love of music from various genres as players.
“Caldwell Jack is a good timing band playing revved up classic country music. I’ll play with these guys anytime.”
-Willie Chambers, The Chambers Brothers Band