Alive After Five: Whitey Morgan and the 78s

With Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles


Whitey Morgan and his 78s are as country as country gets. Their outlaw sound, which is fueled by drunken rowdiness, lap steel guitars and lengthy, wailing solos took them from the somber streets of Flint, Mich., and dropped them on the doorsteps of honky-tonk rock 'n' roll.

Morgan and Co. sing songs about the destitution and hopelessness of their hometown and the effects that a grim backdrop can have on a group of people. These cowboy-hatted, whiskey drinking, bar fighting ruffians don’t intend on sitting back and letting life work them over though, their music acts as an escape from the industrial blues brought on by the Flint lifestyle.

The band has only a couple releases but they definitely stand apart from the current, mainstream country aesthetic. It’s this ability to be an alternative that has lead them to success, and along with a lineup change, made their recent self-titled album a force to be reckoned with. If you find yourself about to throw some blows, you are definitely going to want Morgan and his 78s on your side of things.

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