Outlaw country came to NYC on Friday night as Whiskey Myers (what’s in one of those, anyway?) finally played The Gramercy Theater for a makeup of their original February date, which was postponed due to the blizzard Mother Nature dumped on the area. In a way, that was both disappointing for fans and awesome for us at the same time, because we were at Alter Bridge that same night and weren’t going to be able to cover this show 6 months ago. So, would the half-year wait for boot-stompin’, cowbell-smashin’ southern rock be worth it? Whiskey Myers (seriously, what’s in one of those?) definitely delivered and made good on their promise to make up the canceled show and left us with a lot to talk about, so let’s get into it, shall we?
Country shows have become massively popular here in NYC, with the last few I’ve been to selling out, and with this one sure as hell looking sold out, it was bound to be a fun night right off the rip. What was even more fun was being the only photographer in the pit for the second consecutive country show (seriously, who do I need to talk to about getting paid by country bands?) – and with Whiskey Myers being on the Mud tour, it was a sure thing they’d be playing a few off that album over the course of the night. They did, playing a total of 7 songs off the album and kicking the night off with On The River and the album’s title track.
Of course, they’d play some of the hits as well, including the tune that got me into them, Bar, Guitar and a Honky Tonk Crowd. That was my first exposure to Whiskey Myers when it was featured on the soundtrack to Sony’s hit baseball franchise MLB The Show a couple years back. The band would also play other popular tunes like Ballad of a Southern Man, Early Morning Shakes, Home, Headstone and How Far, but none of those were the real surprises of the night. Those came on two occasions when the band went into a White Stripes cover of what I am now referring to as a the hillbilly version of Seven Nation Army – which was done perfectly with a solid southern rock twang. The show’s other surprise came when the 7-piece closed out the night with a cover of the Rolling Stones classic Jumpin’ Jack Flash, and that was the night.
No encore, nothing fancy, just 19 solid songs from one of the better southern rock bands of this generation. Whiskey Myers does southern rock very well, and while nobody will ever be The Outlaws or Lynyrd Skynyrd, seeing a band like Whiskey Myers sell out a venue in NYC on a Friday night gives the genre a ton of hope for the future, and it’s definitely something the bad should be proud of. Check out the photo gallery below.