Whitey Morgan and the 78s - Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels (2008)

Whitey Morgan and the 78s - Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels (2008)

Artist: Whitey Morgan and the 78's
Title Of Album: Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels
Year Of Release: 2008
Genre: Outlaw Country, Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Honky Tonk, Alt-Country, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Quality: Mp3/Flac
Bitrate: 320 kbps | Lossless
Total Time: 43:32 Min
Total Size: 106 Mb | 300 Mb
1. Hold Her When She Cries
2. Crazy
3. If It Ain't Broke
4. Back to Back
5. Cheatin' Again
6. Honky Tonk Angel
7. I'm on Fire
8. Another Round
9. Goodbye Dixie
10. Love and Honor
11. Prove It All to You
12. Sinner
"Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels" is about the best thing I've heard in a long time. An album of straight up pure traditional country music Whitey and the 78s is one not to miss for the for the folks who think country ain't country no more. ""If It Ain't Broke" is an anthem for just that thought. Heavy on pedal steel and electric guitars there aint a bad track on the CD. There is a heavy Waylon influence on "Honky Tonk Angel" and "Hold Her When She Cries , a southern rocker "Sinner" , all of them quite original and unqiue. They cover Springsteen on "I'm On Fire" which is even better than Bruce's. Just add some load guitars and twang.I'd have to say "Back to Back" is my favorite on the album, its the most original you just have to hear it. These guys deserve more credit in a world of plastic so called manufactured music coming out of Nashville, these Detroit country rockers are the best thing I've heard in a while. Hope there is more to come in the future! (By Rock n' Roll Cowboy)
With their tellingly titled debut album, Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels, Whitey Morgan & the 78s try to transform the Motor City into Music City (that's Nashville, TN, for you Yankees out there). Surely no simple task, most would agree, but it seems that the Flint, MI-based quintet shares a singular obsession with the outlaw country movement, and, in the case of Morgan himself, an outright fixation on ol' Waylon Jennings. Accordingly, this 2008 debut, though recorded entirely in the Michigan chill, never wanders north of the Mason-Dixon Line, musically speaking. On the one hand, it boasts numerous laconic acoustic guitar numbers spiked with wonderfully weepy pedal steel, including the wistful lament, "Hold Her When She Cries," the soppy "Love and Honor," and the Waylon, Hank, Earl Scruggs, and Cash-citing country establishment screed, "If It Ain't Broke" -- not to mention a beautifully stylized cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire" that fits right in. On the other hand, it finds the boys perking up to tackle several whiskey-drenched honky tonkers like "Crazy (By Any Other Name)," "Honky Tonk Angel," "Another Round," and the candid and amusingly self-critical "Cheating Again." So aside from a selection of less-inspired iterations of these templates rounding out the album, the only major knock one can level at the group is that they may come off rather like an outlaw country tribute band to seasoned fans of the genre. Then again, who could begrudge Whitey Morgan and his crew's earnest desire to perpetuate the outlaw aesthetic in its purest form, least of all by opening quite a few eyes to its wonders among Small Stone's predominantly hard rock fan contingent? Like the song above says: "If It Ain't Broke"...
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