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Whiskey Myers Play Saturday Afternoon Set at Railbird Festival 2023

June 6, 2023 3:19 pm GMT

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Photography by Laura Ord

Whiskey Myers took to the Elkhorn Stage at Railbird Festival 2023 this past Saturday (June 3), delivering a fiery set that had their crowd sizzling in the Kentucky heat.

The six-piece have never done anything by halves; they bolster their thick southern rock sound live with a horn section and backing singers, ensuring the swagger and sexiness of their last album Tornillo sweats out in their performance.

So it's disappointing then that the sharpness of the sound is lost in the thick mix on the Elkhorn stage - it's so dense, there are points when it sadly falls flat. It's particularly felt on the momentous drop on 'Glitter Ain't Gold', despite the band recovering it with the suspenseful build of the climax.

Nevertheless, the horn section sound huge, really driving home the dirtiness of their sound. It also can't be understated how much they can shred - and boy don't they know it.

The pure exhilaration of John Jeffers' solo on 'Bury My Bones' is driven as much by the band as the guitar itself, while the breakdown on 'John Wayne' is unleashed in glorious synchronisation as the band danced together with the crowd.

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Photography by Laura Ord

They don't need too much personally to have the Kentucky crowd on board, and Cannon is completely commanding without saying much at all - immediate unisons of clapping and hollering are instigated the second Cannon simply lifts his arms in deliverance.

"Not bad, not bad, what else you got?" someone from the audience shouts jokingly after 'Frogman', leading the band to delve into the first proper singalong of the afternoon in 'Deep Down in the South'.

"You get as wild as you want out there" motions Cody Cannon to the huge, baying crowd - while some early attempts at crowd surfing amount to nothing, it's certainly not without trying.

Whiskey Myers are one of those most suitable of festival bands - they've got more than enough hits in their arsenal to draw in a sizeable crowd, while also pulling in new fans with the sheer size and groove of their sound.

They're this generation's stadium rock band, with a fuck-ton more flair and panache than their forebears.

Whiskey Myers - Setlist

Take from his live performance at Railbird Festival 2023, Lexington, Kentucky - Saturday June 3, 2023:

  • Gasoline
  • Frogman
  • Deep Down in the South
  • Die Rockin
  • Bury My Bones
  • Feet's
  • John Wayne
  • Bitch
  • Glitter Ain't Gold
  • Stone
  • The Wolf

For more on Railbird Festival 2023, see below:

Written by Ross Jones
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