Mixing their influences of country, rock, metal and more into a blender, Texas Music act Whiskey Myers has solidly built a fan base and have crafted a sound that helps fill in the temporary absence of scene stalwarts Cross Canadian Ragweed on their latest release Firewater. “Bar, Guitar & Honky Tonk Crowd” gets the proceedings going with a bluesy, hard rocking tune that sets the mood for what comes after the record. Channeling southern hard rock bands like Jackyl and Tesla “Guitar Picker” is sure to grab a new legion of fans as is the southern roots anthem “Ballad of a Southern Man.”
Produced by ace guitarist Leroy Powell, a former member of Shooter Jennings’ band, Firewater rocks and rolls with the confidence that only comes from the time spent on the road bringing the music to the masses. While this band isn’t likely to find any fans in the mainstream country market promoted by Nashville, they’re certainly to find crossover with fans of artists like Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Randy Houser. Songs like “Calm Before The Storm” has interesting musical accompaniment along with being the first of a string of three tues to check in at well over five minutes, which tells you that this band is way more interested in being just that – a band - than worrying about radio airplay and the smoldering “Cut From A Different Mold” certainly drives this point home as the band rolls through blues rock riffs for one minute and twenty seconds before any lyrics are sung by lead vocalist Cody Cannon. Doualing guitars from John Jeffers and Cody Tate provide the instrumental color provided by rhythm section of bassist Gary Brown and drummer Jeff Hogg.
With the band writing nine of the 12 tracks on this record (Leroy Powell wrote the other three), Whiskey Myers certainly presents a compelling and interesting record perfect for listening to on a road trip and even if it sounds somewhat similar to Lynyrd Skynyrd, it’s hard not to find much of the tunes on Firewater enjoyable, particularly when they let loose and rock out on songs like “Strange Dreams,” “Broken Window Serenade” and “Virginia.”