Genre-bending six piece Whiskey Myers found a recipe for success with their self-titled fifth studio album in 2019. Recorded at the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, the album was self-produced, self-written, and released independently via their own Wiggy Thump Records.
Whiskey Myers debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, moving more than 41,000 equivalent units in its first week.
The Texas troupe—Cody Cannon, Cody Tate, John Jeffers, Jeff Hogg, Jamey Gleaves, and Tony Kent—returned to the Sonic Ranch for three weeks in 2021 to record their upcoming sixth project.
Fresh: Sound the Horns
While the album will feature many of the same elements that made their fifth studio album so successful (self-produced, self-written, released via Wiggy), frontman Cody Cannon told Outsider that they also “wanted to do something a little different.”
“So this will be our second self-produced album,” said Cody Cannon to Outsider. “Yeah, we wrote all the songs. Just kind of the same ol’ Wiggy stuff. We did go out there . . . we ventured. It’s going to have a little bit different sound. We added a bunch of stuff we haven’t used before. We just wanted to do something a little different. I mean, it’s still Whiskey Myers at its core. But it’s kind of fresh and a little bit different sound. We did a lot of brass and horns on this one, which is something we’ve always wanted to do.
“Just being fans of all that old music and Motown stuff and a lot of the stuff coming out of Muscle Shoals, and old rock and roll. We’re big Stones fans. So it was something that we always wanted—to put some horns on it. So going to have some horns coming at you on the new record.”
Whiskey Myers Is A Comin’ Tour
The upcoming album is tentatively slated for a spring release. In the meantime, the Texas road warriors, who have played more than 2,500 shows during their 15-year run, will hit the trail in February for their Whiskey Myers Is A Comin’ Tour. The tour includes more than 20 stops through April, with support from Drake White and the Read Southall Band.
“Usually, it’s in the moment with records,” says Cody. “We’ve never planned sounds on records. It just kind of manifests itself in the moment. But with this one, just from hearing some of the songs, we had it in our mind that we probably wanted to put some horns on it. So in [February], then we’ll be back hitting our stride and it will be a bigger tour, bigger show, adding some stuff. We’re excited to be out there for the people and hit our stride.”