Rockin Rodeo Denton Presents
Whiskey Myers | Melody of Hope Benefit Concert
Blue Water Highway Band, Taylor Stephenson
1009 Ave C
Denton, TX, 76201
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 18 and over
In a modest rent house in the small East Texas town of Elkhart, Texas, Cody Cannon and Cody Tate began to write music, only dreaming of the success that is sure to follow. They began to incorporate the talent and imagination of friend and guitarist John Jeffers. At that time, they called themselves Lucky Southern, though they had only three members. As time passed, with their inspiration mounting, they moved to Tyler, Texas. There they met up with Jeff Hogg, a mutual friend and drummer from Palestine, Texas, and Gary Brown, a bass guitarist who had grown up in Neches, Texas. They came together and came to be known as Whiskey Myers.
Soon, the group was playing private parties on flatbed trailers in small towns around East Texas. The sound they emitted was something more unique than anyone had expected. From their first show in Montalba, Texas, a young Whiskey Myers was hooked on performing, and the crowds were hooked on them. In the spring of 2007, they were given the opportunity to open for Roger Creager at Gator's Bar and Grill in Gun Barrel City, Texas. The club owner was so impressed by their performance and the crowd that had come to the stage that he asked them to come back the next weekend to open for The Eli Young Band. From then on, popularity for the band began to swell. They were heard on live stages all over East Texas, in interviews on local radio stations, and seen on television giving live interviews. Suddenly it seemed that the whole region knew who Whiskey Myers was, and everyone was becoming familiar with their high energy twin guitars, soulful vocals, and unstoppable rhythm.
Whiskey Myers' musical style was forged from several different genres of music from several different eras. The most obvious of these are the blues rock jam bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, and Led Zeppelin. Whiskey Myers takes the blues rock genre and mixes it with modern day Texas Country such as Reckless Kelly, Randy Rogers, and Cross Canadian Ragweed to derive a new sound that is sure to take concert listeners on an atmospheric roller coaster. With a sound like no other and a stage presence that captivates anyone close enough to notice, a live concert performed by this young band is something that must be seen to be believed. The Tyler area has been instrumental in the development of Whiskey Myers from a group of musicians to a band. As the group continues to expand its fan base, new listeners all over Texas are beginning to recognize their talent. They continue to engulf listeners with their sound, ensuring that the name Whiskey Myers is one that will be remembered for ages to come.
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Blue Water Highway Band
Blue Water Highway Band's Things We Carry effortlessly backs elegant wordplay ("Hard Time Train") with energetic melodies ("Medicine Man"). Sharp songwriting guides the entire journey ("Highway to Glory"). Songs stick. They resonate. Listen closely. You'll hear. "These songs show how we deal with struggles and joys," frontman Zack Kibodeaux says, "and they deal with everything from heavy topics like depression from the loss of a child to the highs and lows of romantic relationships." Chief songwriters Greg Essington and Zack Kibodeaux, who raised funds for the record through a hometown Gulf Coast concert, fuel complex harmonies with operatic elegance. Results are stunning.
Folks notice. "Zack Kibodeaux and Greg Essington of the Blue Water Highway Band are some of the best vocalists I've heard in a long time," says pioneering singer-songwriter Terri Hendrix. "Their delivery, timing, lyrics, and harmonies and overall musicianship make them the real deal. On top of it all, they are good guys and true professionals. Simply put, I was blown away with their live show." Legendary multi-instrumentalist and producer Lloyd Maines echoes the sentiment: "The Blue Water Highway Band is the best new band that I've heard in years. Their vocals are spot on and their writing is smart and thoughtful. They're very serious and impressive musicians''
Remember those words: smart and thoughtful. The current Kyle, Texas residents prove over ("The Running") and again ("John Henry") they're seamless narrative storytellers. The pair frequently double down on the ancient American tradition of giving a voice to the struggles and triumphs of the people they love in a partnership that began simply enough: by swapping songs and discovering a singular style. "People say we have a sonic landscape like a Depression-era radio being played on a Brazos River steamboat. I'd liken it to the strange effect of a bluesy, soul-infused Hank Williams time traveling and stealing a Ryan Adams cover of a Guy Clark song about the Gulf Coast," Essington says.
Accordingly, the songs themselves span broad landscapes. " 'The Running' is an underdog story from three perspectives about how one deals with working hard for something and not making it," Kibodeaux explains. "And 'John Henry' is our take on the classic underdog folk tale. "The title track sort of ties the album together. It tells the story of an encounter with a muse-like character (an old-time movie star) who uses the phrase ''things we carry'' with a bit of a twist, as if to say we are carrying each other along, helping each other with our problems.''
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