Hey everyone, Autopsy IV here. Whitey Morgan & The 78’s were one of the bands on my “do not miss” list heading into SxSW last week. As a result I managed to catch them twice and they lived up to every hope and expectation I had. While we were watching them at Bloodshot’s Yard Dog party RomeoSidVicious asked why he hadn’t heard of them so I thought it might be appropriate to repost this post I made back in October of 2008. Whitey and the boys just signed to Bloodshot Records and I don’t know if Bloodshot’s gonna re-release this album or not but I know you can still get it directly from the band. Any how, enjoy.
Well, let’s just keep the “this is your daddy’s country music” theme going and talk about Whitey Morgan and the 78’s. I bought Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels based solely on the album cover and title and the minute I heard the first track, “Hold Her When She Cries”, I knew I’d made a great decision. Take a listen down below and try to tell me you couldn’t hear Merle Haggard singing that to you through the crackle of a record player.
Whitey Morgan and gang come from Flint, Michigan, a region of the country that has felt the effect of the global economy and overseas job loss as great (possibly greater) as any region in the country. The Flint people know despair, poverty and struggle. Despair, poverty and struggle are the holy trinity of country music (and blues), so it stands to reason that the country music coming from Flint would more represent the outlaws of the 70’s and 80’s than the bare-chested Kenny Chesney (say hey to Peyton for me, Kenny). Give Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels a chance if you love playing “Swinging Doors” on your local watering hole’s jukebox as much as I do. You may just find that these barely-known kids coming out of Michigan have made your favorite album of the year. They’re stumbling their drunk asses onto my Essential Listening list.