With little more than the first song I heard from these guys the band moved straight onto my “watch closely” list. When Bloodshot announced they were signing the band I literally did a fist pump here at my computer. As good of news as it was for the band, I viewed it as equally good news for all those bands I write about still sitting out there w/o label representation. I know Bloodshot ain’t the “biggest” label but within our little scene they are certainly one of the most well respected and, for me, Whitey getting signed by them was a victory for the little guys.
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 ice in the whiskey tumbler that is country music, 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 manufactured faux country of….say….Eric Church? Give Whitey Morgan and the 78’s a chance if you love playing Haggard’s “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.