by Chuck Dauphin
I will start off this review by saying that I don’t know if I have ever heard a song that lives up to its’ title any more than the title cut of the latest disc from Whiskey Myers. As busy as it is musically, “Early Morning Shakes” definitely sounds like one might expect to feel in the early morning after a night on the town. That’s not a knock on the track – as much as it says this band knows exactly what they are talking about.
They can also play like nobody’s business. They’re a little bit Country, a little bit Rock….not so much Southern Rock, either. A song like “Hard Row To Hoe” simply sizzles with it’s electrifying guitar work, as the band shows an adeptness to shift between musical generes better than a lot of Saturday night bands who want to show their “Bad Ass” side by playing “Sweet Home Alabama.” (Seriously, isn’t that classical music by now?)
The band tips their hat to a more Country sound on the churning “Dogwood,” as well as the murky “Reckoning,” which is one of the best-written songs on the disc. At the end of the day, this is a band we’re talking about – and a dang good one at that. “Lightning” and “Headstone” give them an opportunity to show off their swagger – which they have no problem doing. In fact, they are so good at it, I think they will be doing it for years to come!
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