Whiskey Myers / Bones Owens @ the Pageant, St. Louis, MO

Words and photos by Duane Clawson
If you came to a Whiskey Myers show expecting country music, you’d hear it. If you came expecting to hear rock music, you’d hear that too! If you came looking for a party, the Pageant was the place to be!

A few years back, Whiskey Myers broke into the music business with their hit, “Ballad of a Southern Man”. This song does not conform to political correctness by any means, but it is a slice of Americana and is as American as Whiskey Myers. For those that have forgotten, not conforming to standards is the way America started and it’s the Whiskey way!

It was hard not to find a party in St. Louis the night after the St. Louis Blues won hockey’s top prize, the Stanley Cup! It was what the city needed and Whiskey Myers was the right band at the right time. American pride was dripping from the opening notes of “Frogman” to the closing notes of “Rockin' in the Free World”. Yes, the same song made famous by Neil Young! One take away from this show was that a Whiskey Myers fan is required to know the lyrics to every song. Knowing the lyrics came into play as the evening progressed, lead singer Cody Cannon needed some help, as his voice was struggling halfway through show.

Taking some extra time between songs, the audience broke into chants of “Lets Go Blues!” The band also assisted Cannon with an extended jam in the middle of, “Early Morning Shakes”. Turning a negative into a positive, the extra rasp in Canon’s voice fueled the melancholy mood of the band’s hit, “Stone”. Crazy percussionist, Tony Kent, pitched in, dancing a jig while playing his cowbell with passion during, “How Far”. Possibly taking a swing at modern country radio, guitarist John Jeffers steps up to the plate and knocks the song, “Bitch”, out of the park.

Show opener, Bones Owens, returns to assist with the show closer, “Rockin’ in the Free World”. Before I wrap this up I gotta say, I’m a new Bones Owens fan! Bones follows the same no rules spirit as Whiskey Myers. This Missouri-born guitar slinger gained a few new fans before a note was played, walking onstage to the St. Louis Blues theme song, “Gloria”! The former Yelawolf guitarist has relocated to Nashville and fronts a duo with drummer, Julian Dorio. As always, a big thank you to the Pageant for being a great host. And thanks to Whiskey Myers and Bones Owens for allowing MTC MAG to be front and center!

Photos of the show are below:

Bones Owens
Whiskey Myers
Contributed by Duane Clawson
Whiskey Myers / Bones Owens @ the Pageant, St. Louis, MO Whiskey Myers / Bones Owens @ the Pageant, St. Louis, MO Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on June 20, 2019 Rating: 5
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