Whitey Morgan new album, “Hard Times and White Lines”

Whitey Morgan and the 78’s anticipated new album, Hard Times and White Lines, is out today on Whitey Morgan Music via Thirty Tigers. Hard Times and White Lines is already the subject of widespread critical acclaim…

“As far as I’ve been concerned since I hit upon them a few years back, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s are a bright spot in a modern country landscape…As his profile has risen, he’s kept his nose to the grindstone, cranking out old time country music with a heavy debt to the rabble-rousers of old—your Waylons, your Willies, your Kristoffersons, and of course, your Merles. In other words, the good shit.”

“[Morgan] comes from growing up in the blue-collar environs of Flint, Mich., and being raised around some of the hardest-hitting country and rock imaginable. And that muscle is all over the Americana veteran’s new album…”

“For a purist like Whitey Morgan, country music is just as much tear-in-your-beer balladry as boot-scootin’ boogie.”

“In terms of songwriting precision and quality of recorded performance, Whitey Morgan has established himself as one of the primary talents in outlaw country…He pays homage to the genre’s icons while never failing to embody the spirit of outsider-ism.”

“[‘Just Got Paid’ is] ear-grabbing and guitar heavy…a distinct spin on the guitar-fueled original. And with Morgan’s whiskey-soaked vocals and standout musical accompaniment, it’s a cover that’s bound to get the boots tapping along.”

“Morgan and his band prove once again that they are among the very best among the small legion of those carrying the outlaw country banner these days.”

“Hard Times and White Lines is soaked with gorgeous pedal steel, honky-tonk licks and Morgan’s dark and dense baritone growl. On opener ‘Honky Tonk Hell’, Morgan offers a grim glimpse that wails as much as it kicks. It’s void of light and sees Morgan throwing brimstone onto the fire.”
In support of the release, the band is on an extensive fall tour, which recently included Morgan’s debut headline performance at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium in August. Additionally, a home state of Michigan show (down the road from Morgan’s hometown of Flint) and album release party at Detroit’s The Fillmore is set for November 3 with special guests Alex Williams and Ward Davis. See below for full tour details.
Once again self-produced by Morgan, Hard Times and White Lines was recorded in the Neve Room at famed Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas. Featured on the record are collaborations with acclaimed songwriters Travis Meadows and Ward Davis. Alongside Morgan, the 78’s consist of Brett Robinson (pedal steel guitar), Joey Spina (guitar), Alex Lyon (bass) and Eric Savage (drums).
Of the recording, Morgan shares, “It’s not like my vision happened overnight. I’ve been chipping away at it forever. It’s slowly evolving and it’s going in a little bit different direction. It’s not so straightforward anymore. This record definitely has a wider path, it’s broader, but it still sounds like a Whitey Morgan record.” With grandparents from Tennessee and Kentucky and hometown roots in Flint, Michigan, Morgan’s family geography has factored into his approach to music. Reflecting on his recent move to a small parcel of land near Yosemite in rural California with his wife and son, he says, “I’ve been drinking a little bit less and I got my kid at home now. I’ve been enjoying playing music so much more the last couple years.”

In a career spanning 15 years, Morgan has released five studio albums and a live recording from his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Additionally, he has toured relentlessly averaging over 125 shows annually. Rolling Stone has described him as a, “Waylon Jennings acolyte…modern-day outlaw [with a] hard-hitting, blue-collar brand of music” while NPR Music hailed, “Staying close to the sound and subject matter of classic outlaw artists like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and David Allan Coe, Morgan is poised to lead this hard-worn brand of country to the next generation.” His most recent LP, Sonic Ranch (2015), was released to critical acclaim and praised by Detroit Free Press as, “a bold, well-crafted album that doesn’t forsake the gritty undercurrent running through Morgan’s stuff.”

1. Honky Tonk Hell
2. Bourbon and the Blues
3. Around Here
4. What Am I Supposed to Do
5. Just Got Paid
6. Hard to Get High
7. Carryin’ On
8. Fiddler’s Inn
9. Tired of the Rain
10. Wild and Reckless
October 26—Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel
October 27—Charlotte, NC—Neighborhood Theatre
October 28—Raleigh, NC—Lincoln Theatre
November 2—Grand Rapids, MI—The Intersection
November 3—Detroit, MI—The Fillmore
November 7—Cleveland, OH—Beachland Ballroom
November 8—Indianapolis, IN—The Vogue
November 9—Des Moines, IA—Wooly’s
November 10—Springfield, MO—The Complex
November 14—Wichita, KS—WAVE
November 15—Colorado Springs, CO—The Black Sheep
November 16—Grand Junction, CO—Mesa Theater
November 17—Greeley, CO—Moxi Theatre
November 29—West Hollywood, CA—The Troubadour
November 30—San Francisco, CA—Great American Music Hall
December 1—Chico, CA—The Senator Theatre
December 2—Petaluma, CA—Mystic Theatre
December 6—Seattle, WA—Neumos
December 7—Eugene, OR—HiFi Music Hall
December 8—Bend, OR—Midtown Ballroom
April 28—Indio, CA—Stagecoach Festival

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