WHITEY MORGAN AND THE 78’S – WHITEY MORGAN AND THE 78’S


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.

Whitey Morgan and The 78’s – Bad News
Whitey Morgan and The 78’s – Hardscratch Pride
Whitey Morgan and The 78’s – I Ain’t Drunk

Whitey Morgan and The 78’s Official Site, Whitey Morgan and The 78’s on myspace, Buy Whitey Morgan and The 78’s

9 thoughts on “WHITEY MORGAN AND THE 78’S – WHITEY MORGAN AND THE 78’S”

  1. I lived in Flint for a little bit, and you hit the nail on the head: the people up there have the skins on the wall to sing country (or whatever the hell they want). There’s a great uprising of Michigan artists, and its great to see one rewarded with a legit music deal. Get to see these guys on Saturday in Luckenbach!

  2. This review alone was enough reason for me: LP ordered.
    But seriously, a Bloodshot release of a band that gets the thumbs up from 9B, A Truer Sound and Saving Country Music? What can possibly go wrong?!
    I couldn’t listen to the posted songs right now, because I have plugs in my ears, listening to Chuck Ragan and working on my sing-a-long abilities…Chuck opening for The Gaslight Anthem tonight!

  3. I am so freakin sick of people labeling Michigan as some sort of despairing hellhole where everyone eats Alpo and collects unemployment checks while driving around in salty cars to union meetings. So I guess the Carolina coast is all popped-collar yuppies, California is all Suicidal Tendencies-headbands and brah-speak, Texas is all Republicans, and living in New England requires everyone have a Roman numeral at the end of their name, right? I don’t know about you, but getting rid of convenient stereotypes was one of the things that drew me to this music in the first place. For one, I don’t see WM & 78s putting pictures of “despair” on their albums to milk some sort of overhashed pseudorecession “image” and further, just exactly how are you supposed to “hear” “despair, poverty, and struggle” in the music anyway? What a load of hype: “wow, Flint is so disgusting and despairing, everybody there is struggling, at least this guy says so, I absolutely MUST have this on my iWhatever so I’ll feel so caring and involved” is the sort of oh-so-trendy labeling that we need to question, ALOT. Quit with the trendoid labeling already, and crank up the music. Or come to Michigan, and don’t be surprised if you actually have a good time doing something other than sitting around being morose.

  4. When I hear “Flint” I think of Keith Flint of The Prodigy. But that’s just me being European.

  5. Good to see someone else is talking about these guys. Love this old outlaw style country. Like they said on their last release, “If it ain’t broke”.

  6. this line might be my favorite thing I’ve read in any review of the record…

    “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.”

    thanks, the whole room got a nice laugh when I read it to the boys out loud.

  7. Got the LP today. And as expected you’ve all been right. I’m loving it! This is exactly the kind of band that’s been missing. To anyone still having second thoughts: BUY THIS RECORD!

  8. “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.”
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