Whiskey Myers Details How Fishing and Hunting Play a Role in Their Music

by Joe Rutland
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Inspiration for country music songs comes from a multitude of environments. Whiskey Myers finds it in places more in tune with the outdoors.

During a visit on “The MeatEater Podcast” with host Steven Rinella, Whiskey Myers band member Cody Cannon was asked by Rinella how much of the music is informed by hunting or fishing and other outdoor pursuits’ vernacular or wording.

“I don’t have a long of songs about hunting or fishing, per se’, but they’ll say stuff in them,” Cannon says. “In ‘Gasoline,’ there’s a line in it, I think ‘Frogman’ has a line in it, um, so there’s things that you can tell.”

“Like terminology or references,” Rinella says.

“Yeah, but not necessarily like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to go fishing today,'” Cannon says.

Cannon was joined on the podcast by his bandmates, Chris Alexander and Khris Poage

Whiskey Myers Knows Euro Fans Don’t Like Blood Sports

Rinella then asks Cannon about him or other Whiskey Myers band members being involved in the “blood sports.” He says some people in the music industry have to turn away from it because it can be a liability.

“I’ll never be like that,” Cannon replies. Asked if he understands why they do it, Cannon says, “Yeah, 100 percent.”

Rinella wanted to know if Cannon has ever been in a situation where he thought it’d be better not to be associated with them.

Cannon says, “Our European fans aren’t down with the hunting and stuff like that, but it comes from ignorance.

“Like when I had all those pictures of the hogs and stuff like that, you know, they were like, everybody was b—hing so maybe I shouldn’t have posted that,” Cannon says. “But, yeah, whatever.

Cannon Says He’s Still Going To Go Out And Hunt

“But to be like, ‘Oh, I’m not going to hunt’ and stuff, nah, I would never do that,” Cannon says. “That’s just who I am. I’m not changing, I have no interest in changing to be bigger, more famous, or have more money. I’m completely fine with how I am.”

A lot of Cannon’s feedback that he hears from fans comes through social media comments.

“Yeah, they were supposedly upset because we killed a bunch of pigs and it comes from ignorance,” Cannon says. “They didn’t know that it’s an invasive species and shouldn’t have been there.

“I don’t think we’ve had a lot of backlash other than about that,” he says. “I don’t have social media or anything like that so if they were talking a bunch of s–t, I wouldn’t hear about it unless somebody told me.”

Cannon also says the band appreciates its own musical freedom, having no one except themselves to answer to in their career. This type of attitude makes them an outsider to the rather organized view of the music industry.

“It was important for us to have our own style and have our own control,” Cannon says. “And I think that has a little bit to do with your upbringing or being a little bit of an ignorant redneck, ‘Hell with that, I’m going to do it my own way!’”

Back in July, the band released “Bury My Bones,” a cut off of their recent self-titled album.