Whiskey Myers fourth outing “Mud” follows up their acclaimed 2013 release ‘Early Morning Shakes’ however don’t expect more of the same. Dave Cobb is back in the production seat and as a result has pulled out some of their best work yet.
Having entered the studio, and in addition gained two new members in the form of Jon Knudson and Tony Kent, the band have really explored their newfound versatility and song craft. This is especially apparent on ‘Lightning Bugs and Rain’ which is reminiscent of the Rolling Stones on Exile on Main Street in feel. Opener ‘On The River’ brings a whole new southern musical dimension before the band kicks in.
Title track ‘Mud’ really digs deep and consequently you can hear hints of Led Zeppelin sweat through the song’s pores. Whiskey Myers are not afraid to experiment with their influences in the songwriting process but by the same token they make the songs their own. ‘Stone’ is the emotional peak of the album although ‘Some of Your Love’ brings a certain soulfulness to proceedings. ‘Deep Down in the South’ celebrates the band’s heritage, while ‘Trailer We Call Home’ nods towards present day reality. ‘Good Ole Days’ closes out the album with a song that is destined to be sung around many a campfire.
In conclusion, 2016 has seen some bold offerings from the southern states, most noteworthy from the Cadillac Three. With Blackberry Smoke about to join the party, this offering will be hard to beat, such is the enthusiasm and authenticity on display. When push comes to shove, this one really does deserve to be one of the LP’s to buy in 2016. Authentic well crafted rock with a side of musical chicken soup for your southern soul.
1. On the River
3. Lightning Bugs and Rain
4. Deep Down in the South
6. Trailer We Call Home
7. Some of Your Love
10. Good Ol’ Days