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Whiskey Myers: Country music with an attitude


Gary Brown has a confession. The bassist in Whiskey Myers says that when they entered a Nashville studio to record their new album, they hadn’t even written most of the songs – not even close.

“We had ideas for songs and the skeletons (of songs) in place. … Sometimes we just had a chorus or guitar riffs we liked.”


From there it was all about collaboration.

“It really was everybody pitching in their two cents. … And the (album’s) producers were coming up with some great stuff.”

Brown says the big payoff is that when they sat down and recorded the music, it was still fresh and exciting and that their performance definitely had an edge to it.

“We were having fun and we didn’t want the music to come across as overdone.”

The album, “Early Morning Shakes!” is set to be released in October.


Besides Brown, Whiskey Myers is made up of Jeff Hogg on drums; Cody Cannon on lead vocals and acoustic guitar; and Cody Tate and John Jeffers on guitar and backup vocals.

They have known one another since they were literally little kids growing up in Palestine and Tyler and have been performing together since 2006.

Some of their earliest gigs were in the bars and honky tonks of East Texas. By the time they, released their debut album, “Road of Life,” in 2008, Whiskey Myers had established a strong regional following. In 2010 the band opened for superstar Miranda Lambert at her Cause for the Paws fundraiser. Last year they were the headliner at Tyler’s fall outdoor music festival.

The band’s career took off in 2011 after the release of its second album “Firewater” and their biggest hits “Anna Marie,” (a song about a girlfriend outlaw chick who, as the lyrics proclaim, is a “dirty, dirty girl”) and “Ballad of a Southern Man.”


It’s hard to describe Whiskey Myers’ music. They are often compared to Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin and even ZZ Top. Some call it outlaw music others label it rebel music.

Cody Tate once told the Tyler Morning Telegraph that they grew up listening to the bands above along with heavy metal bands but don’t try to copy any band or type of music.

“We try to put our own spin on it,” Tate said in the interview. “We are a little bit more on the rock side but we are not big on genres. We don’t like to label our music.”

Even Whiskey Myers fans have trouble classifying the sound.

“Even though they sound a little like southern rock with a little bit of country mix, they have created a completely new sound. … I don’t know what to call this new sound, but it definitely deserves a name all its own,” posted on fan the website TexasCountryMusic.com

“Mark my words, in the years to come, when you hear someone say Texas music, Texas country or red dirt music, Whiskey Myers is going to the band that comes to mind,” posted another.

Whatever you want to call the sound, Brown says fans will get more of it in “Early Morning Shakes!”

“We have the same song writing style. It’s the same bones of what it has always been. … We’ve grown as musicians and songwriters, that’s the main difference. It (new album) shows a lot of maturing in our musical direction. … We’re pretty pleased with the results.”

Brown says they have high hopes for the new album. So far, each album has brought more success and more fans.


Charlie O., a DJ at East Texas country station KYKX, has been following Whiskey Myers’ career for years.

He believes it’s just a matter time before the band becomes the next big music act to come from East Texas. “What they do, they do very well. They just need that perfect storm, of being the right band, with the right music at the right time.”

Besides a non-stop tour schedule, the band will be shooting videos for the new album and promoting singles.

Perhaps it will all lead to a contract with a big music label, even bigger concerts and their emergence as the next breakout act in country music.

“We’re going to be trying to get into the ears of as many people as we can and go for it,” says Brown “We’re going to keep making music and just see what happens.”





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