Whiskey Myers tipping their hat to one of the best rock bands of all time.
The East Texas boys of Whiskey Myers sure do know how to put on a southern rock ‘n roll show, but it would be juvenile to say that they originated the sound. Of course, the band knows that the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd helped pave the way for bands like theirs.
On the recent full-band acoustic run that Whiskey Myers did, they set aside part of their set to play a little Skynyrd, and it’s damn good. Cody Cannon’s vocals, combined with the soul from the band on “Things Goin’ On,’ is unmatched.
“Alright, here’s some Skynyrd for you.”
“Things Goin’ On” appeared on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1973 album Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd, which houses mega hits “Free Bird” and “Simple Man.” This track often sits in the shadows compared to others on this album, but it is a gem of a track regardless of its popularity.
With a heavy influence of blues in the melody composition, the thick twangs from the acoustic guitar match the tempo of the vocal twangs, harmoniously creating a sound addicting to the ears.
The lyrics highlight someone pondering the deep meaning of the world. While the lyrics focus on aspects of war and conflict, the underlying tone is hopeful that despite what we as a society have going on, we can unite and fight for change to make the world a better place.
“Too many lives they’ve spent across the ocean Too much money been spent upon the moon Well, until they make it right I hope they never sleep at night They better make some changes And do it soon Do it now, do it to it…”
The band and Cannon look entranced throughout the performance as the melody moves through their veins, feeling each note strummed or sung. Their typically electric full band performances dialed back allow listeners to hear and see how in tune each of these guys is with the music they are creating. It’s like watching a well-oiled machine work seamlessly together.
Whiskey Myers does Ronnie Van Zant right by the cover of the track. I am sure that Van Zant would have championed the sound of Myers if he were still here today.
At the end of the song, Cody Cannon says to the crowd:
“Had to play at least one Skynyrd song, right?”
In a similar sentiment, if you’re going to watch at least one Skynyrd video today, have it be this one.