Album Review – Whitey Morgan’s “Hard Times and White Lines”
Screw it all. You want to save country music? Put it on the back of the Buick City Badass Whitey Morgan along with his backing band The 78’s, and let them carry the whole damn genre.
Whitey Morgan is like the embodiment of all the rage and frustration of true country music fans channeled into one hairy human vessel. Whitey’s “Fuck Pop Country” shirts are just as famous as some of his songs, and no quarter is given when he walks out on stage to whip crowds into a honky tonk frenzy, and feed them a steady dose of hard country shit kickers. Don’t take that to mean this music is rough and reckless; quite the contrary. Along with his snarl and bark, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s put on one of the most tight shows in all of country music. It’s truly a sight to behold.
Whitey Morgan is not what you would consider a prolific recording artist, and is even less profuse when it comes to being a songwriter. That’s not a knock on the Flint, Michigan native whatsoever, it’s just not his primary concern. Whitey’s native environment is in a honky tonk, with a telecaster slung over his shoulder, and a bass drum pounding out quarter notes in his ear in front of a crowd screaming back every word. This is where his ultimate contribution to country music is measured, and his true genius shines.
Hard Times and White Lines is only Whitey’s fourth full studio record in nearly 15 years of playing, but it’s always been quality over quantity with Whitey, allowing an appetite to build among his rabid fan base before slinging them a thick slab of red meat they’ll feed off of for years to come, and that’s what he does here. Whitey doesn’t look at new records as some experimental artistic medium, or an opportunity for him to noodle around with innovative ideas that potentially may alienate his fan base. He’s not looking to reinvent himself for the adulation of media critics. He knows who he is, and what he does. He is the voice of the whiskey drunk, the working man, and the weary country music listener, and he wears that badge proudly.
Like all of those of hearty Midwest stock, Whitey takes pride in working hard, and staying true to himself. He’s an entertainer, and doesn’t feel boxed in by his fan’s expectations, he get gratification in being able to fulfill them. Hard Times and White Lines has quite a few songs that will become live staples for years to come, and capture the troubles and fears of the common man, songs like the plodding and dark “Honky Tonk Hell,” the worrisome “What Am I Supposed To Do,” and the true-to-life “Hard To Get High.”
And nobody does a cover song like Whitey Morgan. His versions of songs like “Bad News” and “Where Do You Want It” are the definitive ones, and he takes his run at a few new ones on this record, namely ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid,” and “Carryin’ On” that you may recognize from Dale Watson’s stable of songs.
But the standout from the entire set might be “Around Here” with it’s great cord progression and melody behind quality songwriting, or perhaps the more sentimental “Tired of the Rain.” In recent years, Whitey Morgan has moved out to the interior mountains of California, been drinking less, mountain biking more, and has a little boy running around with a rat tail haircut. He’s probably not as mean as he once was, but lucky for listeners, this hasn’t removed much of the edge from his music, only imbued some of his songs with a more thoughtful approach.
Self-produced at the Sonic Ranch outside of El Paso, some of the recordings come across as a little scratchy—something others commented on with the recent Cody Jinks record cut at the same location. But that’s also the consequence of picking up that live energy that sticks to these recordings, and comes through in the performances.
And let’s give it up for the 78’s, who deserve billing as one of the most badass backing bands in country music, due in part to keeping a consistent lineup over the last few years of Joey Spina on guitar, Brett Robinson on pedal steel, Alex Lyon on bass, Eric Savage (or Tony D) on drums, and at times Tony Martinez on acoustic guitar, or Josh Card, who has a record of his own coming out November 9th. As the hot shit road band, or in this case a killer set of studio musicians, they’re stamping out a legacy all their own. Ward Davis and Travis Meadows also contributed as songwriters to Hard Times and White Lines.
“Country” music in all of its modern incarnations and mutations will continue to devolve and disgust the folks who know what the music is supposed to be. But as long as Whitey Morgan and the 78’s are still around, they will be offering a true compass of what real country music is, and give the fans of real country a home, and a voice.
Great album cover too.
1 3/4 Guns Up (8/10)
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October 26, 2018 @ 9:14 am
My favorite Whitey record yet. And the 78’s are the best honky tonk band there is.
October 26, 2018 @ 9:16 am
Have had the incredible Sonic Ranch album on loop for a few weeks in anticipation. Will take some time to digest this new one. Still not sure if it’s better, worse, or about the same. . .but sounds solid so far. Longtime ZZ Top fan and I think “Just Got Paid” is a worthy cover. That booming kick drum.
October 26, 2018 @ 9:16 am
This album is as close to perfect as you can get. I hope the younger generation of pop country hears some of it, although they probably won’t. This is the music that we’ve been waiting for. And this can be the Legacy that we leave behind for the next generation of vountry music fans.
October 26, 2018 @ 5:31 pm
25 year old here. I’m definitely hearing it. I’ve seen Whitey a few times now and he’s badass. This is the kind of music I love. In the words of Whitey: fuck pop country.
Billy Wayne Ruddick
October 26, 2018 @ 9:21 am
Digging the album after a first listen, and great review. Part of me was afraid that there was something bad in the water at Sonic Ranch after the let down that was Lifers, but this album is a refreshing confirmation that we can still count on Whitey and the 78s to deliver the goods.
October 26, 2018 @ 5:32 pm
Not a fan of Lifers? I really enjoy it…I like it better as a whole than his last one. Not quite as much as Adobe Sessions though.
October 28, 2018 @ 9:00 am
Share the same sentiment, I was hyped up as heck on the coming Cody album after the two previous. Was pretty disappointed. Then I started listening to Sonic Ranch and now I am hyped up about that instead 🙂
Now I just gotta pray Whitey delivers
October 26, 2018 @ 9:24 am
I am almost finished listening to the album, and I love it! I knew that, regardless, Whitey’s live sets will continue to be among the best in the entire country genre, so I’m thrilled that he’s got a new batch of songs that will only enhance his thrilling live performances. FYI, he’s touring North Carolina for the new album release: Asheville tonight, Charlotte tomorrow, and Raleigh on Sunday.
October 26, 2018 @ 9:43 am
Does Whitey ever tour the north east or mid-atlantic (besides on that co-headline tour with Cody Jinks years back)? North Carolina is about as close as he’s getting to DC this tour. Any insider intel on whether we’ll get to see him live up here this album cycle?
October 26, 2018 @ 10:06 am
I can’t say. He frequents North Carolina (where I live) and Georgia (where my brother lives), so I’ve been able to see him — including this weekend — five times within the past four years! That’s just Charlotte and Atlanta. I’m happy with that! He’s a touring beast. I recommend moving to Dixie.
October 26, 2018 @ 11:44 am
Technically I’m in Dixie (or just across a river, depending on who you ask), but anyway Whitey’s from Michigan and lives in California so I’m wondering what’s up. We’ve got country crowds up here and, not that I want to touch this subject with a ten foot pole, plenty rebel flags waving all the way up to Canada. I’m sure he’s got receptive fans (new and old) up here, with plenty of great venues to play. Seeing Cody Jinks in Baltimore soon, and their fan bases crossover. Just hoping. Fingers crossed he gets up here soon.
October 26, 2018 @ 11:54 am
I saw him in Boston a couple times over last couple years, so yes
October 26, 2018 @ 12:03 pm
Looks like he played The Fillmore in Silver Spring with Colter Wall (who was the opener) in July 2017. So I bet he comes through eventually touring on the new album.
October 26, 2018 @ 12:53 pm
Nice. I’m encouraged by that.
October 26, 2018 @ 3:27 pm
Dude thanks for the heads up and out of the loop on live music front but am not far from Raleigh and i think it’s Friday will def catch show, saw him the 1st time in Raleigh years ago and was like 5 people there but they put on the same badass show they’d have put on for 5000 people…
All I have for him is appreciation and respect, same for his wife / the old western town they’re living on, good to see some people actually doing wtf they want to / living the dream that undoubtedly tons of folks told them was impossible
October 26, 2018 @ 9:44 am
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!!! Whitey Morgan and the 78s never disappoint. If its a Tuesday night playing for 5 people(years ago) in a dive bar or in a soldout theater, guys bring it. This might be my favorite yet, prolly cuz I listened to the old records so much I wore them out haha
October 26, 2018 @ 9:46 am
Hey folks, off topic, but I wanted to mention that a frequent reader and commenter here named Chandler has been dealing with some really bad back issues, and a Go Fund Me campaign as been started to help with his expenses. I know we all see these things all the time, but he’s a part of the Saving Country Music community, and if you have a buck or two to spare, perhaps consider throwing it his way.
Here’s the Go Fund Me link:
October 26, 2018 @ 9:53 am
This album is superb. AOTY candidate in my eyes. Probably my favorite Whitey album yet. Just solid, kick ass, honky-tonk music. I really appreciate that he doesn’t try to reinvent himself with each new album. Looking forward to seeing him for the first time live tomorrow night!
October 26, 2018 @ 10:06 am
I wish I could go back and get to see Whitey Morgan for the first time again. Have fun.
October 28, 2018 @ 10:12 am
All the hype was true – BEST LIVE SHOW EVER! Ive seen everyone from George Jones to Outkast to Metallica – shit, I even saw Sturgill with maybe 20 people in the room. The Sturgill show was a close second, but Whitey is an experience live!
October 26, 2018 @ 10:14 am
Before people get upset at the 8/10, remember, that’s equivalent to like, what, a million? for somebody like Sam Hunt or Bebe Rexha.
The 78s are THE band out there these days.
Whitey is the ultimate badass/outlaw/honky tonk lead man today.
They are the greatest live show right now by a true country mile.
And what’s even more amazing is it all comes through on the records!
I still find myself singing along to all the songs on Sonic Ranch (or the self-titled, or Live from Flint for that matter) the 5th time through on a road trip. I don’t see how this new one is going to be any different. It’s chock full of awesome.
October 27, 2018 @ 3:17 am
For my money, Whitey and the 78’s have picked up the mantle from Hank3 and the Damned Band are running with it. Sure as hell glad somebody is!
October 26, 2018 @ 10:18 am
Wow! Now that’s Country music folks. Good stuff. No, GREAT stuff. For me, he’s on the shortlist that includes Dwight, Marty, Dale , Jinks and a few others who are making real deal soul shaking honest to goodness honky-tonkin music. He’s got it. And for our purist snobs he ain’t no hipster. I will be buying this ASAP. Perfect release for a rainy friday. Makes my day!
October 26, 2018 @ 10:32 am
Completed my first pass through the album. I absolutely love it!! Great job Whitey and the 78s. Really good review Trigger. What a great way to start the weekend.
October 26, 2018 @ 10:41 am
BIG release day. I went in another direction (Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters … which I’m sure you’ll get to soon). I’ll have to circle back for Whitey Morgan (maybe tonight) and Carmichael (maybe this weekend). Then, I’ll revisit your reviews for them.
October 27, 2018 @ 10:36 am
Thank you for this, two songs in and I’m hooked
October 27, 2018 @ 10:51 am
They are awesome … Trig got me hooked 2 years ago when he reviewed their last album. I’ll bet we’ll see something about All Damn Day soon.
I’m working my way through Hard Times and White Lines today … loving it so far .
October 29, 2018 @ 4:43 pm
Yesss thank you! I just pulled up All Damn Day on Apple Music and am halfway through the album. Never heard of these guys before. I LOVE IT!! Thank you 😊
October 26, 2018 @ 10:50 am
Crank. It. Up.
October 26, 2018 @ 10:50 am
What am I supposed to do… is another cover. Local Detroit artist Doop and the Inside Outlaws ( Don Duprie).
October 26, 2018 @ 3:54 pm
That’s my favorite song on the album. Very well written. Thanks I’m gonna check this guy Don Duprie out!!
October 26, 2018 @ 10:56 am
8/10. Without “Around Here”.
But “Around Here” is on the album…9/10. My highlight.
October 26, 2018 @ 11:29 am
I agree that’s the best song on the record, and perhaps the best song of Whitey’s career.
October 26, 2018 @ 7:27 pm
I think Around Here should bring the album up to 10/10 personally. But I’ll defer to our benevolent dictator.
October 26, 2018 @ 11:07 am
Love these guys. Seen them a few times now. Hope they have tons more success. Trigger did you listen to it digitally or on vinyl? My vinyl copy does not sound that good and it actually sounds better in youtube. They have great customer service though and it will get fixed.
October 26, 2018 @ 11:30 am
I have not procured this on vinyl yet, so this was written from the digital experience.
October 26, 2018 @ 7:19 pm
Have you contacted them? I too was checking my receiver settings after the first few songs of the vinyl. Sonething with the vocals. Overproduced perhaps? Unfortunately the CD isn’t much better.
October 28, 2018 @ 5:59 pm
My vinyl sounds great (it’s a brown marble looking type copy) but Im not a producer/engineer and not listening with a technical ear. I do know it’s going to be a while before this record comes off the player.
October 26, 2018 @ 11:24 am
The thing I love about Whitey records: when you spin them, you know exactly what you’re getting, and I fuckin love it. Hard hitting, in your face, honest, and no attempts to conform to a more “commercial” sound.
Made the mistake of listening to this in my cube at work instead of waiting for 5…. wishing this water bottle was filled with something else.
October 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
That would be torture. I couldn’t imagine listening to this or his last record without a beer and a glass of bourbon by my side.
October 26, 2018 @ 11:56 am
Damn stellar. Carryin’ On gives me chills, Bourbon and the Blues is probably my new favorite song for a while. Best country singer and band out there and i am so excited to see them live next weekend.
October 29, 2018 @ 3:53 pm
I came home to the CD in the mail today and popped it right in the stereo. I hadnt checked out the tracklist, and with the busy release weekend, i had been sidetracked listening to other albums.
When I heard the first few notes of Carryin On come on, I couldnt run to turn up the volume loud enough. Carryin On is one of, if not my favorite Dale Watson tunes, and Whitey does it justice (just like every cover he has done).
On a whole, definitely a strong Album of the Year candidate – I cant wait for that discussion to start!!
October 26, 2018 @ 12:10 pm
I missed the damn show when he came through. Looks like I’m gonna be drivin to the county line now.
October 26, 2018 @ 1:12 pm
This instantly fits right into the rest of the catalog of tunes.
I like every song on it. No turds. No fillers. No throwaways.
Gonna bring a fantastic dynamic to the live show.
Whitey and the boys just continue to kick ass.
Thanks for validating what I heard for myself, Trigger!
October 26, 2018 @ 1:34 pm
I guess I have to be the contrarian here. My issue is Just Got Paid is the only uptempo barn burner on this album. Most of his other ones have several to break up the slower tunes. He can rip on the guitar so I would have preferred another uptempo song or two to balance out all the slower ones
October 26, 2018 @ 4:20 pm
Yeah I love the album and I was thinkin an uptempo song would fit nicely with these as well. Like em all though, Bourbon, Hard To Get High, and Around Here are all great! He was great here last week. Unlike some, Whitey comes here several times a year. 4 in the last year and half if you count Peoria with Cody. Ashley McBryde here tonight should be a great night……..now if we could just somehow entice that Cody feller to come back…….. Arthur, got your ears on ???
October 29, 2018 @ 11:50 am
Agreed. The album could’ve stood to use a couple more upbeat tunes.
October 26, 2018 @ 2:29 pm
Whitey is a badass. And live, wow, the presence he has. Loving the new album!
October 26, 2018 @ 3:02 pm
Holy shit this is great.
October 26, 2018 @ 3:20 pm
October 26, 2018 @ 3:40 pm
I stayed up past midnight last night to hear it when it was released on streaming. It was worth losing some sleep to hear it!
October 26, 2018 @ 4:20 pm
Between this, pre ordering Cody Johnson’s new one, pre ordering Kip Moore’s acoustic EP, Dillion Carmichael’s new album, and William Michael Morgan’s new song. I’ve got alot of new music to listen too and spent a lot of money lol.
October 26, 2018 @ 4:33 pm
Whitey Fucking Morgan boys.
What a damn album.
King Honky Of Crackershire
October 26, 2018 @ 5:06 pm
It’s so weird listening to a yankee sing with that much twang, but he does a relatively believable job with it.
October 26, 2018 @ 6:07 pm
Relative to what?
King Honky Of Crackershire
October 26, 2018 @ 8:01 pm
Other fake accented singers.
October 26, 2018 @ 8:49 pm
Except everything points to it being a genuine twang, as in not fake at all. But you do you buddy.
Billy Wayne Ruddick
October 26, 2018 @ 6:34 pm
Why does that matter? In any case, Whitey was raised by Kentuckians in Flint, and I believe he was also born in Kentucky. Michigan has a lot of southerners who brought their culture and traditions with them….it’s called the pull of the auto industry and the many blue collar workers who flocked there for it over the past 80 years. Get your thinkin straight Honky. Your schtick is getting old.
October 26, 2018 @ 7:26 pm
I’m sure he wasn’t influenced by his Kentuckian relatives at all. That couldn’t possibly be the case, could it? Probably had nothing to do with his native Kentuckian Grandfather who moved to Michigan for work and also played in a hobby tonk band for many years, and who was also an inspiration for him.
Are you ever going to leave a positive comment here again?
Billy Wayne Ruddick
October 26, 2018 @ 8:30 pm
And let’s not forget that imposter / California boy, Merle. Go ahead Honkey, rag on Merle. He’s one of the few country artists you haven’t criticized yet in your failed quest to prove to internet people who you’ll never meet how “country” you are.
October 26, 2018 @ 8:51 pm
Good God autocorrect can really ruin a post.
October 27, 2018 @ 7:19 am
That was somewhat of a positive comment. At least for Honky. I mean, I would have bet money that he was going to make a reference to Whitey being a Yankee and singing with a drawl. Could have been worse.
King Honky Of Crackershire
October 27, 2018 @ 1:26 pm
Here’s the thing, Jack. Why can’t all the apologizers just acknowledge that he’s a yankee with a relatively believable fake accent, and that they’re okay with it, instead of trying to come up with a bunch of B.S. about how it’s not fake?
October 27, 2018 @ 8:18 pm
Wait…it’s b.s. to think his native Kentuckian Honky Tonk music-playing Grandfather whom he spent a great deal of time with growing up and who taught him how to play music would have any effect on him at all?
You really are content living in your own little alternate reality, aren’t ya?
October 27, 2018 @ 8:21 pm
P.S., quit liking your own comments.
October 27, 2018 @ 9:43 pm
Everyone’s ok with it crack.. Shut the fuck up. Normally I get on board with your antagonistic ways, but on this one I’m out. Fake twang = real honky tonk in this case. Simple as that. We’re all good with it and with that you can go back to stroking it it old lefty tapes and Webb pierce albums (which I’m also guilty of) Yankee or not who gives a shit. North won, south lost. Proud Yankee here from rust belt Pennsylvania, not a hell of lot different than any southern shithole town here.
October 27, 2018 @ 10:43 pm
And why do you feel the need to keep talking in terms of Yankees and Southerners? Rural areas are rural areas no matter where you find them. I can tell ya from first hand experience that small towns in the U.P. and northern WI ain’t no damn different than their southern counterparts. The only real differences are the south’s got poisonous snakes and brutal summers, and we’ve got a ton more bears and wolves and absolutely brutal winters.
October 29, 2018 @ 7:35 am
Honky, you made this exact same comment in another Whitey Morgan thread back in August. Were you expecting a different reaction this time, from people watching you beat this dead horse again?
October 26, 2018 @ 5:29 pm
OMG ..I have to confess I came to these tunes as a Whitey virgin .
I’m blown away at the ‘take no prisoner ‘ approach this guy and the 78’s bring to COUNTRY MUSIC . I’d pay just to sit in a room with that steel guitarist sonically molesting me all night long .His parts on Honky Tonk Hell are nothing short of orgasmic ….a religious experience.
This is every bit as good as Maddie and Tae ( just kidding …that was for Fuzzy )
Someone above commented on young folks having an opportunity to hear this and I could not agree more . This is the ANTIDOTE to what ails ‘country ‘ radio …..the ‘ show me don’t tell me ‘
reference to anyone who wonders why so many people are fed up with Luke Bryan’s pop shit masquerading as the real deal.
October 26, 2018 @ 7:13 pm
Well make sure you check out the album before this one sonic ranch. Really all his studio stuff is great, but nothing beats his live shows.
Here’s his cover of rainy day woman if steel guitar turns you on.
October 27, 2018 @ 8:09 am
Great stuff Justin ….makes me homesick for my days in the honky -tonk trenches .
October 26, 2018 @ 9:02 pm
To answer your opening question Trig, yes, I’d like nothing more than to save country music. As a fan of the genre since the ’70s, I must say that I don’t see any way to save what’s considered the mainstream of “country” music. The “country” music establishment at the top will most likely never allow country music to return to its glory days and frankly I think many of those at the top who are running the show hate twin fiddles and pedal steel and all of what country music used to be. Another problem, so many of todays “country” artists and fans are totally clueless when it comes to what country music is supposed to be all about. Sorry Trig but I’m not very optimistic about the future of the genre, at least not as far as the mainstream of the genre is concerned. Thanks for the opportunity to sound off here about what is so near and dear to my heart, country music.
October 26, 2018 @ 10:53 pm
”……… I think many of those at the top who are running the show hate twin fiddles and pedal steel and all of what country music used to be. Another problem, so many of todays “country” artists and fans are totally clueless when it comes to what country music is supposed to be all about. ”
Lynn , I think you’ve summed up the sad truth about the ‘suits’ calling the shots . They are, seemingly , not the least bit interested in the unique character of trad country instrumentation and narratives so they have no affinity for it , no nostalgia about it and no respect for it because they just DON’T KNOW IT on a personal level . And nor do the FGL’s , Sam Hunts , the Luke Bryans etc. I’d go a step further and suggest that , in general , society is not as interested in exploring or listening to people singing about REAL emotional stuff on a personal level . I think country music WAS that , at its best . People seem to want music to be spoonfed-simple and fastfood -friendly . They don’t want to have to think or reflect or even relate to a lyric about anything other than partying and/or hooking up . Too bad . Society is forsaking some wonderfully enlightening and timelessly engaging music in buying into whatever is forced upon them .
October 29, 2018 @ 4:52 pm
I’ve had a few, so I’m feeling free.
Lynn and Albert, stop this maudlin bullsh*t. We’ve never had a freer situation than we have now. Country music singers and players can make and put out country music for orders of magnitude less than before. Consumers can get what they want whenever they want it almost for free. You’re both right to be pessimistic about what people want — musical carbs and sugar! — but when EVER have the majority of people wanted what artists themselves want? Most people just want to be entertained, not elevated. Great music takes time to invent, time to record and get right, time to find, and time to listen to. And tastes — even discriminating tastes (whatever they are) — differ. So kick back, find the good stuff, enjoy it, support it, and:
TO HELL WITH EVERYTHING ELSE!
Life’s too short to bitch about a corrupt and wandering industry. They’ll NEVER get it right at this point. Let that ship sail out into the waves and burn into the water. Support the good folks and feel GOOD doing it.
Be a raccoon! Build up a healthy musical ecosystem! Leave posterity to the wolves!
October 29, 2018 @ 11:50 pm
I have young students and singer/songwriters who record here at my home studio . They bring in something they’ve written cloned from ” Country ” radio …They think they are listening to country music when they hear a Luke Bryan song . I deplore the fact that this pop SHIT from Bryan and Sam Hunt and Keith Urban is what these young fledgeling writers are being encouraged to mimic as a possible route to success by NSAI , local writers groups , publishers and evaluation services .
And that’s why I’m sticking to my guns, Corncaster . Upcoming writers and artists need to know that (a) they are listening to the lowest common denominator when they are focused solely on mainstream country radio and that ( b) I can direct them to the most creative , inspiring and moving COUNTRY music around cuz I’ve spent the time finding it and supporting it . I just wish the biz and radio were doing that for the next generation of writers and artists and not encouraging them to ‘write down’ to the market radio panders to .
That’s why I support this site and why I direct students and clients to more inspiring music and artists .
October 27, 2018 @ 4:03 am
Whitey Morgan and the 78’s. It speaks for itself. Love this album. Tired of the Rain is my early favorite, it just kind of grabbed me.
October 27, 2018 @ 6:45 am
Whitey kicks ass….
October 27, 2018 @ 6:46 am
I still have to listen to this album but i have already ordered my copy.
In my book Whitey Morgan is the AC/DC of country music : more or less always the same formula but NO ONE does it better!
October 27, 2018 @ 7:12 am
Stick to what you do best.
— Malcolm Young
October 27, 2018 @ 8:44 am
love Whitey’s cover of Dale Watson’s ‘Carryin On This Way’ , for anyone not already familiar with Dale’s music check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG_yk5TzQXM
Luiz Alexandre de Oliveira da Luz
October 27, 2018 @ 8:46 am
Great review Trigger. This album is the best album of outlaw country of the year to me.
the first song, and my favorite. is like a bomb, Honky Tonk Hell its so well produced… its fantastic! the chorus and all. All of the album its solid. Cheers From Brasil.
October 28, 2018 @ 1:50 am
Big Whitey fan. Saw him live for the first time ever on Oct 13 in Chicago, after years of hoping to catch a show. As a dane living in Copenhagen, Denmark I can’t help but wonder why he doesn’t tour Europe? Does anybody know?
Many of the other artists covered on this awesome site do, and I have been fortunate to catch them live in Copenhagen. Come on Whitey, we need a tour in Europe!!!!!
October 29, 2018 @ 7:52 am
Really enjoying this one. “What Am I Supposed To Do” was written by Don Duprie. I like his band, Doop & the Inside Outlaws, a lot. Check them out!
October 29, 2018 @ 9:43 am
I have always considered Whitey Morgan a live artist. This is the first release of his that really makes me feel that he is an album artist as well.
October 30, 2018 @ 7:04 am
Last time I went and saw Whitey, he mentioned that he was coming out with a new album later in the year, and stated something akin to this; “I got a new album coming out a bit later on this year. Some of the people out there have been saying that they’re wondering if I’m changing my sound or something. All I have to say to them is F*** you! I’ve done this for 20 F****** years and I’m gonna keep doing what I’ve been doing!”
I knew this was going to be great from that moment on, and after picking up my copy from the local record store, I can confirm that I was not disappointed.
October 30, 2018 @ 10:39 am
So this is Whitey related. ‘Another Wine’ from Grandpa’s Guitar – is that a Whitey original? Love that tune.
October 30, 2018 @ 6:12 pm
Yes, it is a Whitey original.
November 1, 2018 @ 11:35 am
Is it just me or does the kick drum sound really “heavy” on this record, almost to the point of being obnoxious. Same with Lifers.. ?? Great Album! F-ing fantastic band!
November 3, 2018 @ 7:36 pm
Just watched Whitey Morgan & The 78’s tear up the Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI. They are one hell of a live band. Whitey also seems to bring everybody together as there were young & old, hipsters, bikers, working joes, metalheads and country boys all having a good ol’ time together.