Whiskey Myers is one of those bands that is not only successful with any single they release to Texas radio, but they are also one of the more entertaining and purely talented live bands you will see. There’s something special about this East Texas quintet. They always seem to be working to improve the entertainment value of their live performance, so whether you’re watching them play for the first time or the 20th, you’re sure to have a great time. Along with another great Texas-based singer/songwriter, John David Kent, Whiskey Myers will be playing the Lucky Mule Saloon on Thursday night, May 16th.
Cost: Adults 21 and older $12.00; 18-20 are $12.00, with a $3.00 minor charge at the door.
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Date and Time
Thursday, May 16th. Doors open at 7:00pm
John David Kent
Rocker turned Red Dirt singer/songwriter John David Kent has an exceptional knowledge and ability when it comes to music. He plays several instruments, sings and writes songs, and certainly knows his way around a recording studio. It’s fair to say that Kent is a very well-rounded musical talent.
Along with his band, their three-part harmonies and fresh twists on sounds that draw comparisons to the musical styles of Waylon Jennings and Credence Clearwater Revival. Kent’s songs instantly feel both unique and familiar. As a result, the single ‘My Girl’ garnered immediate attention after the video became a recent “Pick of the Week” on CMT.com and was added to CMT’s Pure Country rotation.
Kent’s decision to take his music into the direction more rooted in country was an organic one. As a young child, Kent’s parents introduced him to a diverse array of music. He started playing drums at the age of 4 and he vividly remembers being drawn to the earthy stylings of musicians like John Denver, Willie Nelson and the Eagles. “When I…settled down with my family back in Texas, a lot of the songs I was writing were subconsciously coming out with a southern flavor. I like taking the elements of traditional rock and country and blurring the lines. It’s a very natural evolution for me.”
Whiskey Myers broke into the Texas music scene with their 2008 CD ‘Road of Life’. Almost immediately, fans and music critics could only wonder what these five guys were capable of. The raw talent shown on the debut album turned heads, and had everybody asking ‘who are these guys’? It seemed they were constantly on the road, playing everywhere from Corpus Christi to Chicago, and earning fans with each passing show.
Despite the fact that they are not traditional country, or even red dirt band, Whiskey Myers released three songs to Texas radio from their debut album, and all three were hits. One can only imagine the expectations for the band’s follow-up CD, ‘Firewater’.
Well, Whiskey Myers – a band of boyhood friends from East Texas – exceeded everybody’s expectations but their own, with a more refined, focused, and more mature sound. Fans of ‘Road of Life’ were treated to more of the same long, impressive, epic southern rock tunes that seemed as though they would go on forever (and that’s what you wanted). But ‘Firewater’ has more depth. The quality of the songs on the sophomore CD are equal to the quality of the band’s live show, which is an impressive feat. Songs like ‘Ballad of a Southern Man’, ‘Anna Marie’, and ‘Bar, Guitar and a Honky Tonk Crowd’ are all proof of Whiskey Myers’ musical growth.
While a lot of Texas music critics and fans may be wondering ‘what’ll they come up with next’?, I have to encourage you to just enjoy what you’re witnessing. Bands as talented as Whiskey Myers don’t come along every day, so when they come to your town and play, just be sure you’re in the crowd and appreciate just how good these guys are.