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, mourning, 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 album, Firewater, 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 stadiumsized 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 the Palestine, Texas area, 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 Firewater, is hard-driving and immediate, steeped in the rich legacy of southern rock. Often reduced to a onedimensional 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 string band traditions.
Voted by BURLESQUE MAGAZINE as one of the Top 10 Burlesque shows in the USA!
A sinful circus of burlesque, fire-dancing, DJs & debauchery. Every Sunday night for 16 years...the longest-running weekly cabaret show on the west coast!
Guitarist, singer, harmonica player, and songwriter MARK PORKCHOP HOLDER is a founding member of the seminal Tennessee punk rock blues band The Black Diamond Heavies (with John Wesley Myers aka James Leg, and Van Campbell of the band King Mud).
MARK PORKCHOP HOLDER plays the blues, and his music is the sound of the truth. He has traveled around the world and the US, and played at festivals, clubs, in the streets, at churches, in public toilets, army surplus stores, and in a mental hospital or two. After more than a decade of struggling with depression and addiction, he has finally come back home, in Chattanooga TN, and assembled a first rate power trio.
His debut "Let It Slide" is a blistering blues album that marries both the modern and the traditional. "Let It Slide" has been described by the Chattanooga Pulse as "Boogie, sans bullshit. Dirty roadhouse music. Juke Joint jamming. Swamp rock. Too rock for blues, too blues for rock, the music is hungry, hard and mean."
When Josh Abbott Band recorded "Ghosts" for its fourth album Front Row Seat, , Abbott expected to redo the vocals. The final chorus had some technical imperfections, and he figured he could improve on the performance once his he art settled down. Producer Dwight Baker, one - half of the Austin - based duo The Wind and The Wave, wouldn't let Abbott retouch it. "I was actually crying my eyes out during that last chorus, and that's why there's a couple of notes in the beginning of that section that don't really explode like normal," Abbott says. "Dwight was like, 'We're keeping that. That's real.'" Real is the operative word for Front Row Seat, a 16-track song cycle that represents the most ambitious and emotionally challenging project yet for JAB, a highly melodic six - piece ensemble that's managed to keep a foot in both the Texas music scene and the national country world. The band won four times during the inaugural Texas Regional Radio Awards behind an upbeat brand of country that still leans on classic instrumentation - particularly banjo and fiddle - to effect a raucous, roof - raising attitude. The band has lobbed three singles onto the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart - including "Oh, Tonight," the first charted track to feature - Grammy - winning Kacey Musgraves - and nabbed a Top 10 album with the 2012 release Small Town Family Dreams and reached No. 12 with the 2014 EP Tuesday Night. But Front Row Seat steps beyond the band's honky - tonk inclinations for a more personal journey as the album traverses the emotional course of Abbott's first marriage and subsequent divorce. It was not his original intention to depict his private life in a public way, but as he wrote the songs for Front Row Seat, beginning before the split actually occurred, he naturally mined his emotional life for a set of songs that were profoundly honest and revealing. It was only as they began recording the material at Baker's Matchbox Studios outside of Austin, that they realized they had the germ of a tangible plot. "We started looking at the music we'd done and had a whole bunch of other songs that we really loved and we were like, 'Man, we could put this together and make a really neat story out of it," fiddler Preston Wait recalls. "Especially with the song 'Front Row Seat,' we basically just made it kind of like you're watching a movie and it's your front row seat to this life."
Farnell's Othership Connection: Revitalizing Funk & Soul with a new twist, Farnell Newton & the Othership Connection has been stirring up a ton of noise on the NW music scene. Led by Trumpeter Farnell Newton, who currently tours with Jill Scott & Bootsy Collins, the Othership Connection brings a sound that blends the old with the new. They are gaining a reputation of funkin' up stages all night long.
JoyTribe: Fresh off of releasing their first EP with a successful Kickstarter Campaign, JoyTribe is on the rise as the NW's hottest Fusion band. Dubbed World Infused Funk, the music is a unique blend of Funk, Reggae, Latin, Rock and Soul. Led by Singer/Saxophonist, Chelsea Luker, in collaboration with Rick Bouvette on bass, Eric Hickey on guitar, Keith Abbott on drums, Gil Assayas on keys and Katie Presley on trumpet, JoyTribe is a passionate fusion of Pretenders inspired vocals meets Prince and Pink Floyd's psychedelic funk child.
Over the last three decades, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys have kept up a constant cycle of traveling back and forth across the lower 48, then hopping across the pond to Europe and beyond. They bring with them a brand of American music that has earned them an induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, several national television appearances, guest spots on The Grand Ole Opry, and a slew of adoring fans.
"I truly love being out on the road, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to sing my songs all over the world," said Sandy. "But when I'm away from the U.S. for too long, it's like I need a recharge... like I need a solid dose of everything Americana. Give me a Chuck Berry song while rolling down the interstate, or a truck stop conversation with a waitress who once danced with Lefty Frizzell, and I'm good for another three thousand miles".
Since his stunning debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs in 1995, Wayne "The Train" Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing - that alchemist's dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Wayne's uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never "retro;" bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie. Wayne makes music fit for any road house anywhere. With his unmistakable voice, The Train's reckless honky-tonk can move the dead. If you see him live (and he is ALWAYS touring), you'll surely work up some sweat stains on that snazzy Rayon shirt you're wearing. If you buy his records, you'll be rolling up your carpets, spreading sawdust on the hardwood floor, and dancing until the downstairs neighbors are banging their brooms on the ceiling. Call him a throwback if you want, but all Wayne Hancock wants to do, is simply ENTERTAIN you, and what's wrong with that?
SXSW staple, the coolest Japanese indie rock, punk and obscure culture extravaganza with another killer line-up. Since 1996, Japan Nite has been showcasing both big-name Japanese artists and acts rising up in the country's music scene at SXSW, followed by a tour across the United States. After celebrating two decades of shows in Austin last year, the 2017 edition of Japan Nite picks up right where it last left off, introducing fresh-faced Japanese performers to North America.
Hard Love, Tim Showalter's latest release as Strand of Oaks, is a record that explores the balancing act between overindulgence and accountability. Recounting Showalter's decadent tour experiences, his struggling marriage, and the near death of his younger brother, Hard Love emanates an unabashed, raw, and manic energy that embodies both the songs and the songwriter behind them. "For me, there are always two forces at work: the side that's constantly on the hunt for the perfect song, and the side that's naked in the desert screaming at the moon. It's about finding a place where neither side is compromised, only elevated."
So when you see a man in a jumpsuit and full-face helmet rigged up with a telephone receiver come barreling down the honky-tonk stairs in a lifeboat while beating away on a hollow-body guitar, don't get out of the way. Jump right in there with him. And as long as you live, you'll never forget what he taught you.Taipei Times December 2015
A man in a human cannonball suit soon appeared from a side door, his head completely obscured by a tinted black helmet, its front welded into a telephone which seemed to wirelessly amplify his voice to the audience. Bob Log III launched into a mind-blowing set, finger-picking his beaten-up black guitar for a sound of steel string blues and heavy rock n' roll. The sound was reminiscent of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion if it had to be categorised, but his music would be better described as Jerry Lee Lewis crossed with a little of Tom Waits' heavy industrial sounds.yorkpress.co.uk 2012
His guitar growls like a rabies-infested mutt, straight from the backyard of an Alabama whorehouse. The expletives he squawks are absolutely unintelligible, at least while the groan of his six stringed demon viciously dominates the aural realm. When the blanket of perfectly distorted guitar ends, which always coincides with a great victory stance, Mr. Log displays his propensity for what is only describable as 'not giving a fuck', which in his case takes the form of the perfect stage presence. beatsperminute.com 2012
Boobs were dipped in scotch, one fan took an accidental swan dive into the music equipment and Bob Log III managed to play slide guitar, drums and sing while balancing three women on his lap. heyreverb.com 2011
Should you never have had the joy of seeing Bob Log III play, let me attempt to describe it for you: picture a man in a shiny blue jumpsuit and a pilot's helmet wired to a telephone receiver, playing slide guitar with all the dirty, scuzzy joy in his heart. Add to that a kick drum and foot cymbal, the myth of a monkey paw in place of a right hand, and a setlist that includes songs named Boob Scotch, Bubble Strut and My Shit Is Perfect, and you'll begin to get the gist. It is loud and strange and electrifying, and how ecstatic it all sounds, that guitar glazed with a kind of sublime and honey-dipped happiness. theguardian.com 2011
One would have to be in a pretty foul mood not to be entertained by the mysterious awesomeness of Bob Log III. Sure, his musical skills are something to behold, his one-man-band brand of blues/Americana displaying dexterity, creativity, and plenty of good old rock â€˜n' roll, but then there's his wacky persona. At Monday's packed Union Hall gig, Mr. Log leapt from behind the curtain that functions as the stage door in his signature getup: a full suit with bits of gold teasing at the bottom, and a dark-glassed racing helmet with a phone receiver wired as a mic. After a quick intro jam he shed the formality to reveal his shimmering gold full body suit, the very rocket man the audience had been waiting for, and burst into "Goddam Sounds Good" off the recently released My Shit Is Perfect. theowlmag.com
Bob Log III's live shows are wild affairs. Bob likes to ride rubber dinghies across the heads of his audience and summon women onstage to stir his whiskey with their tits. nme.com 2009
The Blasters exemplify the best traditions of American Music, performing with
passion and honesty that for over three decades has won the hearts and souls of fans
worldwide. Composed of founding members vocalist-guitarist Phil Alvin, drummer Bill
Bateman and bassist John Bazz with Keith Wyatt on guitar, they carry on a hard-won
legacy as one of the most recognizable and credible bands in American Music.
Their influences range from the likes of George Jones and Carl Perkins to Ike Turner,
Howlin’ Wolf, James Brown and Big Joe Turner, all blending into a sound that ignores
the lines between Rock & Roll, Country, Blues and Rockabilly. "Fun On
Saturday Night" (Rip Cat Records) is the Blasters sixth and latest studio album, featuring
twelve tracks that extend the band’s legacy of classic recordings. Fronted by Phil Alvin's
powerful vocals, the band follows through with spontaneity, power and grit that make
their live performances into experiences not to be missed.