Out of Flint, MI, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s bring a bluesy country sound to the music scene.

Michigan is renowned for its Detroit Motown sound, so we would expect nothing less than an incredible blend of honky tonk and blues sounds from a Michigan-local artist. When it comes to Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, they do not disappoint. In case you haven’t heard of these guys, the band consists of Whitey Morgan on vocals and guitar, Brett Robinson on pedal steel guitar, Joey Spina on guitar, Alex Lyon on bass, and Tony D on drums.

These guys are self-classified as American Honky Tonk, and they fit the bill perfectly. They are rough around the edges with an all-American style, and a sound to match. With Whitey’s grizzly beard, flowing locks, and cool tattoos, he has a kind of American outlaw presence as the band’s frontman. His deep, gravelly voice over multiple guitars provides an interesting, multi-dimensional country tone.

The best way to imagine Whitey Morgan sound is to think of a road trip. Whitey’s voice as he sings “Buick City” gives listeners that same feeling of coming back to their roots as they watch the country roll by. With a fair amount of songs mixing in pace across their albums, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s capture the essence of being the every man, relatable character country music has been missing since the likes of Cash and Strait.

Currently, they have one live album, Born, Raised & LIVE from Flint (2014), and three studio albums: Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels (2008), Whitey Morgan and the 78’s (2010), and Grandpa’s Guitar (2014). While all of the albums are gritty and full of old school country, Grandpa’s Guitar stands out particularly as it is a tribute to Whitey’s Grandpa. The album is entirely acoustic, which is yet another way that Whitey Morgan is bringing country back to the basics in the very best of ways.

Be sure to check out Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, and soon. They’re currently on tour, and based on their live album, recorded at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI, they’re as incredible of a band on stage as they are in the studio. Let us know if you catch these guys, maybe NCR will see you there!

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