Country-rockers Whiskey Myers have played nearly 2,000 live shows since their emergence in 2008 and have sold out more than 100 headlining shows in the last 15 months alone. They’ve been featured in Paramount Network’s Kevin Costner’s hit show “Yellowstone” with synced songs throughout the season. USA Today describes Whiskey Myers as “a riff-heavy blend of Southern rock and gritty country that has earned comparisons to the Allman Brothers Band and Led Zeppelin,” with Rolling Stone noting “it’s the seminal combination of twang and crunchy rock & roll guitars that hits a perfect sweet spot.”
We chatted with lead guitarist John Jeffers before the band played at Stagecoach in late April.
Who or what drew each of you to the music industry?
I think it’s just been in us from the get go. When that creativeness is in you it’s got to come out somehow. This is where it landed.
How did you all meet?
We all grew up together in small towns in Texas. We’ve all known each other since we were kids through high school basically.
Do comparisons to the Allman Brothers Band and Led Zeppelin influence your songwriting?
You don’t sit down with the mission to write a song about a dog. Music comes from a higher place for us. Cody Cannon, Cody Tate and myself (John Jeffers) do the majority of our songwriting and we like to let it organically come out. There’s usually not a mission or a heavily influenced approach to it. And once a song comes to the table to be rehearsed there’s no telling what the end product will sound like. We let everything come naturally.
Genre-bending — what genres have impacted your sound?
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How would you describe the music you typically create?
Just a bunch of country boys playing Rock N’ Roll.
What is the most appealing thing about pursuing a music career?
Well. we’ve been touring for 12 years now. Every day is a new experience still. Never know what you’re gonna get.
How did you come to be a part of Kevin Costner’s “Yellowstone”?
Taylor Sheridan, the director, actually just reached out to us. He dug the tunes.
If a movie were to be made of your band’s story, which actors would you want to star in it?
Well, since we made our acting debut in Yellowstone I’d say it would need to be us. Plus we’re some handsome looking fellas!
Your upcoming tour dates have you crisscrossing the country and overseas — Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland — any major differences between playing here and overseas?
Yeah the crowd over there is very attentive in comparison. We love it over there. We thought they hated us during the first song of the first tour we did. Turns out they’re just paying attention to the music!
How hard is it to capture your live performance energy in your records?
It’s like catching lightning in a bottle. But when it happens you get that twinkle in your eye! We did a lot of it live sitting in one room. I think we captured that on this new record that we self-produced and have coming out in the fall.
What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you on tour?
Whew…. too many to list.
Of all the highlights of your career is there one thing that stands out to you as most memorable?
Touring overseas for the first time and selling out venues bigger than your hometown.
Dream venue to play?
Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.
Any projects you’re currently working on?
Just wrapped up our 5th studio album that will be out in the fall. Our first time taking on the pressure of self-producing and I think we nailed it. We’re damn proud of it.
Immediate and long-term goals for the band?
We’ve always wanted to be the first band to play on the moon. It’s gonna happen. We have Elon working out the sound issues as we speak.
How do you balance your music with other obligations?
You got to have home life ya know. There is a separation. But music is always on your mind. You can’t just turn that shit off.
What do you wish people would ask you in an interview?
“What bands do you think are better than yours?”
WHISKEY MYERS: Cody Cannon — Lead Vocals, Guitar / Cody Tate — Lead Guitar, Vocals, Rhythm Guitar / John Jeffers — Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar, Lap Steel, Vocals / Jeff Hogg — Drums / Jamey Gleaves — Bass / Tony Kent — Percussion, Cowbell, Keys.