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Whitey Morgan and the 78s – Outlaw Country!


So the other day Outlaw Country was on the XM Radio and a song came on that sounded like Waylon and I looked down and saw the name Whitey Morgan. Later that day I was checking out the FAR Chart and saw that Whitey Morgan and the 78s and their new self titled album  Whitey Morgan and the 78s sit at number 11 this month down from 8 last month! So I headed over to Rhapsody and put the album on the ZenV and I’ve been listening since and I am a fan! IF you enjoy Outlaw Country and folks like Waylon Jennings, Johnny Paycheck, Dale Watson (the band covers “Where Do You Want It” and does Dale proud) and Willie then you’ll like Whitey Morgan! From their myspace page

Whitey Morgan and the 78’s are a Honky Tonk band from Flint, Michigan. They haven’t re-invented the wheel, they just picked it up and started it rolling all over again.

and from their  page at Bloodshot Records

“In a world of soft rock-driven country music, there’s little place of the kind of outlaw country pioneered by Willie Nelson (pre-iconic status), Waylon Jennings and Johnny Paycheck. Bullshit, says Whitey Morgan…the band’s barroom country sound – instrumentally full, but naked-sounding compared to the crap on country radio – isn’t retro. It’s classic.” -the Big Takeover

“In a world of soft rock-driven country music, there’s little place of the kind of outlaw country pioneered by Willie Nelson (pre-iconic status), Waylon Jennings and Johnny Paycheck. Bullshit, says Whitey Morgan…the band’s barroom country sound – instrumentally full, but naked-sounding compared to the crap on country radio – isn’t retro. It’s classic.” -the Big Takeover.

Whitey Morgan and the 78s are composed of:

Whitey Morgan – Vocals, Guitar, Attitude
Brett Robinson – Pedal Steel
Tamineh Gueramy – Fiddle, Vocals
Jeremy Mackinder – Bass
Travis Harrett – Drums

From the opening lines of the first track “Bad News”. “Bad new travels like wildfire, good news travels slow,they all call me Wiildfire, everybody knows hell I’m bad news….” he had me and didn’t let good until the last track “Long Road Home”,. In between there’s a lot of Outlaw Country music and songs about drinking, “I Ain’t Drunk”, and drinking at lonely bars… “Turn Up the Bottle” “turn up the bottle, turn up the Jones”and those mean jukeboxes “Meanest Jukebox” and cheaters, “Cheaters Always Lose” and honky tonk queens “Honky Tonk Queen”. Well you get the idea, it’s a COUNTRY album and a damn good one! Yep, Whitey provides that attitude and Brett adds the right touch of pedal steel and then along comes Tamineh with that fiddle and well just check them out!!

Here’s a current performance of “I Ain’t Drunk” from October 2010!