Tulsa, OK (September 6, 2018)– The iconic Cain’s Ballroom neon sign flashed beneath gloomy skies on Thursday evening and welcomed in fans for a sold-out show with opening band, BC & The Big Rig and Whiskey Myers as the headliner. Sold-out shows at Cain’s often mean long beer lines, slammed merchandise tables and room to barely maneuver through the crowd, but that didn’t stop those in attendance from enjoying a stellar lineup of music from both bands.
This wasn’t the first time BC & The Big Rig, a Tulsa-based band, has opened for a well-known act. They’ve also shared the stage with the Turnpike Troubadours, Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Taddy Porter. Self-described as an Americana rock band, BC & The Big Rig is made up of Brandon Clark (BC) on lead vocals and guitar, Ryan McCall on lead guitar and vocals, Sam Naifeh on guitar and vocals, Chris Bell on bass guitar and vocals and James Purdy on drums and vocals. It’s not everyday that I’m as impressed by an opening band as I was BC & The Big Rig, but I was sold as soon as I heard their cover of “Ain’t Livin Long Like This”. Other songs in the set were, “100 Miles to Memphis”, “Get on With the Show”, “Step”, “Pennies” and a surprising cover of “Land Down Under”. Yes, you read that right, the cover of the 80’s hit by Men At Work. It’s not even on my list of favorite songs from the 80’s, but somehow BC & The Big Rig, took it, made it their own and rocked it.
The headliners for the evening, Whiskey Myers, took the Cain’s stage and came out swinging with the song, “Deep Down in the South” off their most recent album, Mud. You may be familiar with Whiskey Myers from the television series, Yellowstone. Not only does the group appear in an episode, but several of their songs have been featured in the soundtrack. Whiskey Myers did a fantastic job in curating a great setlist for their fans including a nice mix from both current and past albums. “Early Morning Shakes” was followed by a crowd sing-a-long to a heartbreaking song about addiction, “Broken Window Serenade”. Whiskey Myers has their share of rock inspired, beat heavy songs like “Headstone”, but they can follow it with a slow ballad like “Virigina” and make each song shine. The band is made up of members, Cody Cannon on lead vocals and guitar, Cody Tate on lead guitar and vocals, John Jeffers on rhythm and lead guitar, Jamey Gleaves on bass, Tony Kent with cowbell and percussion and Jeff Hogg on drums. Although the entire band is great to watch, clearly very talented and full of energy, it’s Tony Kent that steals the show with his intensity. If you’ve never seen him play the cowbell on stage, you’re missing out. Run, don’t walk to the nearest Whiskey Myers show and experience this band for yourself.
If you’re on the East coast or South, you’re in luck, because Whiskey Myers is primarily touring in those areas through the end of the year. You can find their remaining tour dates here.
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