Whitey Morgan and the 78’s Release ‘Sonic Ranch’ May 19th

Whitey Morgan and the 78's - Sonic RanchWhitey Morgan and the 78's - Sonic Ranch

Whitey Morgan and the 78's - Sonic Ranch

Whitey Morgan and the 78’s will release their new album ‘Sonic Ranch’ on May 19 on Whitey’s own imprint, Whitey Morgan Music. Called “rough-hewn and outlaw influenced” by Rolling Stone, the Flint, Michigan native practically bleeds into each of the album’s 10 tracks, resulting in a rough-and-tumble honky-tonk noir song collection.

Recorded at Sonic Ranch in Texas with producer Ryan Hewitt (The Avett Brothers, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Sonic Ranch‘s fighting spirit reflects Morgan’s childhood. “I got my ass kicked on a daily basis and fought like hell each and every time. A growth spurt eventually put a stop to all of that.” Morgan witnessed the toll the city’s troubled economy had on the people closest to him and informs his musical stylings. “Growing up in Flint ignited the ‘never give up’ attitude I apply to every part of my life. That’s what you learn when you grow up in that town. You also learn that you don’t take sh*t from anyone, ever.”

Perhaps it’s what made Whitey “partial to the outlaw branch of country music, and unapologetic in his rendition of it,” (Boston Globe) evident on tracks including the album’s imposing opener “Me And The Whiskey” and formidable “Aint’ Gonna Take It Anymore.” Yet the artist who learned his first chords from his grandfather — a life-long bluegrass picker – reveals depth and sensitivity on originals, “Leavin’ Again” and “Good Timin’ Man.”

Whitey Morgan and the 78's

Whitey’s musical inspirations include Jennings, Cash and Paycheck, “I just always dug that sound. It was easy to grab onto those half-time grooves, and the more hard-hitting stuff, because I’d come from playing more rock & roll-type things.” There is also an excellent version of “Waitin’ ‘Round To Die” by Townes Van Zandt. Check out the video below :

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Check out his other releases :

Whitey Morgan and The 78’s – Whitey Morgan and The 78’s
Whitey Morgan and The 78’s – Honky Tonks & Cheap Motels
Whitey Morgan and the 78’s – Born, Raised & Live From Flint
Whitey Morgan – Grandpa’s Guitar


Whitey Morgan and the 78's


See them on tour :

May 21 Hard Rock Vinyl Las Vegas, NV
May 22 Slo Brew San Luis Obispo, CA
May 23 Whisky A Go Go West Hollywood, CA
May 28 Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace Bakersfield, CA
May 29 Audie’s Olympic Fresno, CA
May 30 Moe’s Alley Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 04 State Room Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 05 Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
Jun 06 Riot Room Kansas City, MO
Jun 07 Juanita’s Cafe & Bar Little Rock, AR
Jun 10 Live Oaks Bar and Ballroom Monroe, LA
Jun 11 George’s Majestic Lounge Fayetteville, AR
Jun 12 Shrine Tulsa, OK
Jun 13 OUTLAND BALLROOM Springfield, MO
Jun 16 Lafayette’s Music Room Memphis, TN
Jun 17 Blue Canoe Tupelo, MS
Jun 19 The Bluebird Bloomington, IN
Jun 20 Southgate House Revival Newport, KY
Jun 24 Ziggy’s w/ Cody Jinks Winston-Salem, NC
Jun 25 The Grey Eagle w/ Cody Jinks Asheville, NC
Jun 26 The Bowery w/ Cody Jinks Knoxville, TN
Jul 04 Billy Bob’s w/ Merle Haggard Fort Worth, TX
Jul 24 Chelsea Sound & Lights Dexter, MI
Jul 25 Rock Island Brewing Company Rock Island, IL
Jul 31 Neumos Seattle, WA
Aug 01 Pickathon Happy Valley, OR
Aug 02 Pickathon Happy Valley, OR


And on the web :
Official website