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Whiskey Myers

Minglewood Hall Presents

Whiskey Myers

Mutual Live

Fri, August 4, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

1884 Lounge

Memphis, TN

$15.00 - $17.00

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Whiskey Myers
Whiskey Myers
It would be an understatement to say that a lot has happened since Whiskey Myers was last in the recording studio. Over two whirlwind years, the gritty Texas band hit #1 on the iTunes Country Chart with their breakout third album 'Early Morning Shakes,' earned raves everywhere from Rolling Stone to USA Today, and toured the US and UK relentlessly, slaying massive festival crowds and sharing stages with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, and more along the way. You'd be forgiven, then, for expecting things to work a little differently this time around when the band reunited with acclaimed producer Dave Cobb for their stellar new album, 'Mud.' But as it turns out, success doesn't change a Southern gentleman, and they don't come any more Southern than Whiskey Myers.

Fueled by larger-than-life performances honed tight from countless nights on the road, 'Mud' finds the band scaling new heights of songwriting and musicianship, with searing guitars, soulful vocals, and indelible hooks. While their approach to the music and humble, hard-working attitudes may not have altered, there have been developments in the Whiskey Myers world, most notably with the arrival of new faces. For the recording sessions, the band's five founding members—Cody Cannon on lead vocals and guitar, Cody Tate and John Jeffers on guitars, Gary Brown on bass, and Jeff Hogg on drums—fleshed out their sound with the addition of fiddler/keyboard player Jon Knudson and percussionist Tony Kent, who are both now full-time members. "They bring a great energy, and I think it's really helped our sound and makes the band more versatile," explains Cannon. "There's less room onstage now, but sometimes a family grows."

A glance through Whiskey Myers' lyrics will show you that Cannon is a man who chooses his words carefully, so it's little surprise that he describes the band as a family. The tight-knit group's roots stretch back decades into the red dirt of East Texas, where Cannon, Jeffers, and Tate first began playing together before rounding out their initial lineup with the addition Hogg and Brown (who is Cannon's actual cousin). They built up a rabid local following on the strength of their 2008 debut album, 'Road Of Life,' and then notched their first #1 on the Texas Music Charts with their 2011 follow-up 'Firewater.' It was 'Early Morning Shakes,' though, that introduced the rest of the world to what Texas already knew. The album cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Country Chart, a remarkable feat for a fiercely independent band and a testament to their rigorous DIY work ethic and endless supply of passion and drive. Esquire called them "the real damn deal," while Country Weekly said they combine "greasy Southern rock riffs with countrified songwriting and Texas grit for something wholly unique," and Playboy dubbed them "the new bad boys of country music."

Even in the face of their rapidly-growing profile and expanding lineup, the band found they were able to pick up exactly where they left off when they returned to the studio for 'Mud.'

"We don’t want a high stress situation, and we don’t want to feel uncomfortable while we're recording, because we want to make sure everybody can get into their creative mode," explains Brown. "Dave has a laid back attitude as far as making music and that fits right in with the way we work. His ear is similar to ours and he has the same kind of vision for what the music should sound like."

What the music sounds like is raw, visceral emotion: pride, faith, desire, defiance. The songs on 'Mud' are stories of ordinary men and women standing up for their families and honoring their roots. Home is sacred ground for Whiskey Myers, not just a plot of land, but rather the cornerstone of an identity worth dying for. Fiddle-led album opener "On The River" steps back to frontier times when the struggle for survival was a daily one, while the epic title track promises a home-foreclosing banker "Ain’t no man gonna take it away / Because it's deep down in my blood / So step across the ol' property line / And you’ll die right here in the mud." "Frogman," written with Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, follows a Southern man halfway around the world, as he risks his life to defend freedom and fight terror in the Middle East as a Navy Seal, and the Darrell Scott co-write "Trailer We Call Home" finds the beauty in simple things, concluding, "Times get tough but love is strong / Here in this trailer that we call home."

"Where you come from and where you grew up influences your music a lot," says Cannon. "As a band, we don't go into the studio with any preconceived theme. You just sit down and you write and the songs come out naturally."

As a result, Whiskey Myers' music fits neatly into no genre. Sure, it's heavily influenced by country music ("My first record was 'The Pressure Is On' / Ain’t it funny how your life can change with a song" Cannon sings on "Hank"), but the band credits everything from Alan Jackson and Waylon Jennings to Led Zeppelin and Nirvana as inspiration. "Some Of Your Love" channels old-school soul, while the bright, punchy horns of "Lightning Bugs And Rain" flirts with Rolling Stones swagger, and "Good Ole' Days" captures a stripped-down, folky vibe, as the whole band sat in a circle singing together live. It all adds up to what Cannon perhaps describes best as "no frills, no bullshit rock and roll." "The equipment we used on the recording process for this one was really important to the sound, too" he adds. "Dave has these amazing old amps and we recorded everything to tape for the first time. The piano was from, like, 1904 or something, and I don't think it's been tuned since. Little things like that make a big difference. It sounds authentic when you actually use the real, old gear."

In the end, there may be no better word for Whiskey Myers than authentic. This music is in their blood, and it flows as naturally from them as a spring feeding a mountain creek. While a record this good is sure to send their (lone)star rising higher than ever before, you can rest assured that success still won't be changing this band any time soon. They make music they're proud of that celebrates where they come from and makes people feel good. As far as they're concerned, that's all the success anyone could ever ask for.
Mutual Live
Mutual Live
Mutual Live
Mutual Live is an American southern rock band from Jackson, TN, formed in 2009 in Kalamazoo, MI and founded by members Zachary Charles (vocals) and Dan Drogosh (guitar). The duo later added the still current members, Evan Mayo (Drums) and Joseph Maliszewski (Bass) in Jackson, TN where the band is based out of today. Since Mutual Live’s inception, they have released 2 EPs: Self titled Mutual Live (2013), and Mama Raised An Outlaw (2015).


History
Mutual Live formed in 2013 after Zachary (Charles) Mutual began playing acoustic guitar and singing at large house parties at the University of Michigan. The shows began to grow in size and eventually the childhood friend of Mutual’s, Dan Drogosh, was brought up on stage to bring a rhythmic element to the duo. One of the more memorable shows at UofM occurred at 1109 Electric Avenue (which can be seen on the cover of Mutual Live’s first EP) where over 200 students came out in the pouring rain to hear the two play classic drinking songs and perform a few originals as well. This is where the band’s name was founded.

Spending time in Ann Arbor’s Duderstadt Studio, Mutual and Drogosh recorded their debut EP Mutual Live with recording engineer and lead producer, Eric Garcia. Some of the tracks feature guest performances by Jonathan Petro (drums), Nicole Balsamo (vocals), Jarrett Doe (bass), and Neil Vaughn (bass). With photography and video by Victor Lord. Popular tracks on the Mutual Live EP included “Cold Day in Hell” and “Strange How it Feels”.


In 2013, Mutual and Drogosh ventured south to Tennessee with hopes to advance their musical efforts. Residing in Jackson, TN, the two shared the stage with local Jackson band, Trash the Brand and began playing shows all over the state. Having been introduced to producer/engineer Justin Rimer (former 12 Stones and Breaking Point guitarist), Mutual and Drogosh recorded their hit single “Stay” which charted on select AAA radio stations across the U.S. The song attracted the likes of music executive Jeff Hanson, who was the former manager of Creed, Seven Dust, and Paramore. Working under the Silent Majority Group label for just a short period, Mutual Live decided to part ways with Hanson on good terms. Upon leaving the label, Mutual and Drogosh added new members, Evan Mayo (drums) and Joseph Maliszewski (bass/guitar). Both Evan and Joseph grew up in Jackson, TN. The two performed in local bands that never saw much momentum until joining Mutual Live.
Now a four piece rock band, Mutual Live was quick to solidify their place as one of Tennessee’s up and coming southern rock bands. The group’s first show was an opening slot for Hawthorne Heights in Clarksville, TN at the famous Warehouse for a sold out crowd. Later shows included performing with Zach Myers of the nationally touring rock group, Shinedown, as well as the platinum recording rock group, Saving Abel. The band has performed several festivals and shows with groups such as Full Devil Jacket, Jonathan Singleton, Artifas, and most recently Wayland.
In the later part of 2015, Mutual Live hit the studio to record their first EP, Mama Raised an Outlaw, as a 4 piece line-up. The band recorded in a rustic studio in south Pinson, TN. It contained 6 southern rock tracks. One of which, “Heart for Ransom” had been previously recorded on their first EP. The album is available on most digital platforms.

Mutual Live is currently in the works meeting record labels to find the best fit for the band’s future success.
Venue Information:
1884 Lounge
1555 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN, 38104