Fans got their fill and newcomers got a substantial introduction to Southern-rock band Whiskey Myers at Cannery Ballroom on Thursday night. Taking the stage around 9:15 p.m., after opener Jonathan Tyler, Whiskey Myers rocked the house for a solid two hours – and the packed crowd stuck around until the very last note.
From the moment the group takes the stage, it’s evident they’ve soaked up a good Southern rock education via opening gigs for greats like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., and Jamey Johnson. But the true magic of Whiskey Myers is their variety, especially with their latest album Mud, released last September. The Cannery Ballroom crowd was treated to everything from traditional Southern rock, to heavy rock, to songs almost edging on metal.
Whiskey Myers kicked off the evening with “Home,” revving the audience up with its swaggering guitar line and a wild cowbell solo in the middle. Lead singer Cody Cannon, who barely took a break for water, led the group in song after song. His voice ranged from melodic storytelling
(“Broken Windows Serenade,” “Ballad of a Southern Man”) to rock/metal shout-singing (“Mud,” “Bar, Guitar and a Honky Tonk Crowd”). The mostly-male audience may not have been much for dancing around, but the head nods and beer-raising at the end of each song seemed to be all the encouragement needed or expected.
In a final burst of energy, Whiskey Myers performed a killer encore version of the fast-paced “How Far.” Fans scrambled to get phones out of their pockets to capture the fantastic dueling guitar solos by Cody Tate and John Jeffers, and an awesome fiddle solo by Jon Knudson.
Catch Whiskey Myers on tour in the coming months.