Sounds Like: What the players and songwriters for your favorite country stars do when they want to have fun making music
For Fans of: Sturgill Simpson, the Black Crowes, Wheeler Walker Jr.
Why You Should Pay Attention: Leroy Powell and Tim Jones' previous credits are too numerous to count, with Powell a go-to session player for Dave Cobb for the past decade and Jones an equally prolific songwriter who fronted the band the Truth & Salvage Co. The two didn't meet until they attended a party in Los Angeles, where Jones found Powell – there on a date with Winona Ryder – in a hot tub drinking Cristal from a boot. The flamboyantly named Whiskey Wolves of the West made their debut at Stagecoach Festival in 2016, channeling the psychedelic theatricality of Powell's previous band the Messengers into a good-humored, though genuine, exercise in country fundamentals. Combining an outlaw sensibility with some astute commentary on the Music City establishment, the pair penned songs full of double entendres and allusions to the life of a working musician. Country Roots, the band's first LP, was released March 2nd via Rock Ridge Music.
Country Roots is a wholly unique album that at once celebrates classic country while positioning Jones and Powell as a powerhouse duo representational of the Nashville sound. Listeners will want to hear more from Whiskey Wolves of the West. I fully expect this album to raise their credibility and position them among country music's vanguard.
It’s hard to create a song that’s original without being too obscure, but the Whiskey Wolves of the West have entirely done it on each and every song on the album. These guys may well be the sleeper debut hit of this year. One thing’s for sure: you’re guaranteed to put this album on and keep it in on in heavy rotation.