Whitey Morgan

Triggers & Slips
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Doors 8 | Show 9


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Whitey Morgan and the 78's anticipated new album, self-produced by Morgan, was recorded in the Neve Room at famed Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas. Featured on the record are collaborations with acclaimed songwriters Travis Meadows and Ward Davis plus a cover of ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid." Alongside Morgan, the 78's consist of Brett Robinson (pedal steel guitar), Joey Spina (guitar), Alex Lyon (bass) and Eric Savage (drums).

Of the recording, Morgan shares, "It's not like my vision happened overnight. I've been chipping away at it forever. It's slowly evolving and it's going in a little bit different direction. It's not so straightforward anymore. This record definitely has a wider path, it's broader, but it still sounds like a Whitey Morgan record." With grandparents from Tennessee and Kentucky and hometown roots in Flint, Michigan, Morgan's family geography has factored into his approach to music.

In a career spanning 15 years, Morgan has released five studio albums and a live recording from his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Additionally, he has toured relentlessly averaging over 125 shows annually. Rolling Stone has described him as a "Waylon Jennings acolyte.. modern day outlaw [with a] hard hitting blue-collar brand of music" while NPR Music hailed, "Staying close to the sound and subject matter of classic outlaw artists like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and David Allan Coe, Morgan is poised to lead this hand-worn brand of country to the next generation." His most recent LP, Sonic Ranch (2015), was released to critical acclaim and praised by Detroit Free Press as, "a bold well-crafted album that doesn't forsake the gritty undercurrent running through Morgan's stuff."

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Triggers & Slips music is steeped in the psychology of relationships. Like so much great country music that came before, it originates in personal mistakes and a stepped on heart. While the music is a blend that’s not quite country and not quite rock n’ roll, fans of both types of music have come to love the sound. Led by singer-songwriter Morgan Snow, whose voice has been described as “pure soul,” with hints of familiarity, haunting and powerful with no comparison to pinpoint. It is the one thing you won’t forget. His songs will “hit you in the gut.” Some will hurt, some will make you laugh at him or yourself, but what is shared from night to night after the show is a connection, a new relationship waiting to be revisited and rekindled time and time again.

Another fixture of their sound is fellow singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Davis who splits time between Triggers & Slips and the phenomenal Michelle Moonshine. Davis adds gritty harmonies, but also takes over as a lead singer on original songs; Blue Smoke, and Benny. Having two vocalists with strong songwriting and an ear to compliment one another adds a little something special to the live performances of Triggers & Slips and their recordings. It’s no wonder that bands like Uncle Tupelo, Alice in Chains, and Willie and Waylon are some of their major influences.

Much like their hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah, the music of Triggers & Slips has continued to evolve. Snow continues to become a more refined singer, songwriter, performer, and recording artist. Left to their own devices they have recorded album without relying on the pressures of being a commercial success to drive this body of work. Instead, Snow has relied on finding his own voice, and assembling a team of likeminded musicians to follow him in his pursuit of writing from the heart, and taking chances. He's been known to blend elements of Country, Honky Tonk, Americana, Folk, Blues, and Rock and Roll and isn't afraid to veer from genres.

Triggers & Slips will be releasing their second full length album titled "The Stranger" an 8 song record described as "Rock n' Roll with a Country Soul." They will be playing as a 6 piece band, which includes; Morgan Snow, John Davis, Tommy Mortenson, Greg Midgley, Page McGinnis, Eric Stoye and other special guests.