Fans from every genre and age arrive at Saint Andrews Hall to see country rockers Whiskey Myers and The Steel Woods.

The Steel Woods open the night and gets the crowd hooked instantly. The Nashville-based southern rock band was formed by songwriting duo Jason “Rowdy” Cope (electric and acoustic guitars/bass/piano/percussion) and Wes Bayliss (vocals/electric, acoustic, baritone guitars/piano/dobro/keys/harmonica). Jay Tooke (drums) and Johnny Stanton (bass) rounds out the quartet.

The Steel Woods recently put out an incredible EP and are preparing for the release of their album Straw In The Wind. This band blends the sounds of rock, blues, soul, and folk with a strong Southern upbringing. They flow between heavy sing-alongs to mellow ballads, each song having its own unique flavor.

One of the high points of the set is the hit “Axe”, complete with twangy, emotional guitar tones, solid, aching vocals, pounding bass, and a drum beat that you feel deep in your chest. The band is reserved on stage, still smiling and engaging the crowd, but they truly let the music speak for itself.

Straw In The Wind, coming out on May 19, is available for pre-order via the band’s website.

Whiskey Myers hits the stage to thunderous applause and they waste no time launching into their breakneck set with “On the River”. Founded in 2007, this Texan band consists of Cody Cannon (vocals/guitar), Jeff Hogg (drums/percussion), Jon Knudson (keyboards/fiddle/sax), Cody Tate (guitar/vocals), John Jeffers (guitar/vocals), Gary Brown (bass), and Tony Kent (drums/percussion). The band is running through their extensive Live Nation “Ones To Watch” Tour, presented by SiriusXM Outlaw Country, celebrating their latest album Mud.

Their music highlights the grungy, bluesy rough edges of country music, while infusing their sound with the fun of a modern day jam band. Like many heavy country bands, their music focuses on grinding guitar licks, with Tate and Jeffers intertwining their leads perfectly.

Whiskey Myers make sure to play fan favorites, including “Early Morning Shakes”, “Ballad of a Southern Man”, “Mud”, “Lightning Bugs and Rain”, as well as treating the audience to a killer cover of the White Stripes “Seven Nation Army”.

The band plays off each other seamlessly, everyone gets a chance in the spotlight to show off their incredible skills. With the grooving bass, swirling fiddle solos, and all tied together with the thunderous thumping of the drums, this band is a party from start to finish. Kicking their already endless energy up a notch, Whiskey Myers fire off their encore with a raucous rendition of “Stone” and “How Far” that has the crowd screaming.

This band is one you have to catch. The Mud tour is still going strong, but with many dates already sold out, don’t miss your chance to catch this party. Mud is available on iTunes, and their website.

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Event Date: 15-APR-2017

About The Author

Calling Detroit, Michigan home, Sami has been photographing for many years. In the last few years, she was introduced to the local music scene and began photographing shows. She works freelance contributing to National Rock Review as well as being the owner of Sami Lipp Photography. Capturing the excitement of live music and the passion of musicians is something she lives for. She looks forward to expanding her career in music photography.

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