Country rock’s Whiskey Myers is a month away from taking its act boatside on a ZZ Top-hosted cruise and music festival. The party will sail from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and make its way to the Bahamas, but the band plans to keep shenanigans to a minimum.
Maybe. “I don’t know how crazy it’s going to be. I think the average age on that boat will be 55,” vocalist Cody Cannon said. “We’ll hopefully soak in a lot of music. A lot of those bands are major influences on us.”
Playing alongside The Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet and George Thorogood on the cruise marks a dream come true for the five good ol’ boys who’ve spent their entire lives in the Longhorn State. Whiskey Myers’ sound is rooted in the blues, rock and country inklings imbibed from the likes of Waylon Jennings. The Rolling Stones have informed the band’s first two albums, as has a steady dose of tunes from Oklahoma.
That Okie influence didn’t go away when it came time to record this year’s release, “Firewater,” which includes the single “Ballad of a Southern Man.”
“This album, we became a little more of a band while growing independently as artists,” Cannon said. “Everything was a little better, and we are starting to find our own sound.”
And while the group’s humble beginnings play a strong role in its success, no such concept marked “Firewater,” nor will it ever in the future.
“There’s no theme at all,” Cannon said. “I always find that a little hokey when people do that, like, ‘This album’s about fucking trees.’ We just went out and did it.”
That motif should hold true through Whiskey Myers’s future, whatever that should become: new music and shows, sure, but the how, when and where all are up in the air.
“I don’t know that we’ve ever known what the hell we wanted to do. We’re just playing music. We still look at it like that,” Cannon said. “We don’t have a mind-set going into a particular sound or anything like that, which is probably why it’s not all that lucrative, but we roll with it.”