Tornillo scheduled for release on July 29
Whiskey Myers have announced the release of their sixth studio album, Tornillo, out July 29 via their own Wiggy Thump Records with distribution by Thirty Tigers. As with previous releases, the band self-produced the project which was recorded over 21 days in seclusion at the 2,300-acre Sonic Ranch studio in the heart of their native Texas, just miles from the US-Mexico border.
With Tornillonamed after the border town that is home to the recording complex filled with pecan orchards, the six-piece band took their strong foundation from over a decade ago and pushed themselves to explore more new soundscapes.
“It’s gonna sound a little different,” singer Cody Cannon recently shared with Outsider. “It’s still Whiskey Myers at its core, but it’s a bit chilly… We did a lot of bass and horns on this one, which we always wanted to do. Just being fans of all that old music and Motown stuff, and a lot of stuff that comes out of Muscle Shoals, old rock and roll.
He continues: “We are going to bend [genre] even more, I think, with this new disc. It’s everywhere. But it’s fun, right? I hate the whole ‘put it in a box’ thing. You must be that. … It’s not art to me. I like the idea of doing, really, whatever you feel. It comes out a certain way because that’s how it comes out. Whiskey Myers never really tried to be a certain way. That’s how we are. So I think it’s really all about music, or the beauty of music; it’s just that freedom to create.
Tornillo as a whole does just that, drawing as much inspiration from Nirvana as Waylon Jennings – even adding the legendary gospel influence of the McCrary Sisters to the project on background vocals. With Cannon leading the songwriting lead, the album also includes writing from lead guitarist John Jeffers and fellow band members Jamey Gleaves and Tony Kent, as well as rising singer/songwriter Aaron Raitiere (Anderson East, Oak Ridge Boys, A star is born).
The first glimpse of this new music comes from the first single “John Wayne” and the album intro “Tornillo”, both available everywhere now.
Fans also get to hear the new music live with the announcement of the 41-date Tornillo Tour, which kicked off in April and runs through August. The tour builds on the growing success of road warriors’ sold-out shows, delivering capacities of up to five to ten thousand fans in cities like Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and more, as well as the band’s debut at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this fall.
Tickets for all headlining dates go on sale to the general public Thursday, February 23 at 10 a.m. local time via WhiskyMyers.com, with pre-sale access available to members of the Official Whiskey Myers Fans Facebook page beginning Monday, February 21 at 10 a.m. local time. Additionally, Spotify will be giving the band’s biggest fans on the platform early access starting Wednesday, February 23 at 10 a.m. local time.
Whiskey Myers also recently announced that its personally curated Firewater Music Festival will be returning for a second year, September 29-October 1, just outside Kansas City.
- John Wayne
- The whole world has gone mad
- For kids
- The wolf
- Mission to Mars
- wrong medicine
- heavy on me
- Other side
- Stone heart
Whiskey Myers Tornillo 2022 Tour Dates:
April 23 – Beaumont, TX @ Southeast Texas Crawfish Festival
April 29 – Worcester, MA @The Palladium
April 30 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theater
May 1 – Coraopolis, PN @ Robert Morris University – UPMC Event Center
May 4 – Charlottesville, Virginia @Ting Pavilion
May 5 – Salem, VA @ Salem Civic Center
May 6 – Atlanta, Georgia @ Coca-Cola Roxy
May 7 – Southaven, MI @ Landers Center
May 12 – Wichita @ WAVE
May 13 – Oklahoma City @ Zoo Amphitheater
May 14 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
May 19 – Columbus, OH @ KEMBA Live!
May 20 – Indianapolis @ TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
May 21 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill
May 22 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
June 3 – New Braunfels, TX @ Whitewater Amphitheater
June 4 – New Braunfels, TX @ Whitewater Amphitheater
June 8 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ McGrath Amphitheater
June 9 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Saint Louis Music Park
June 10 – Camdenton, MO @ Ozarks Amphitheater
June 11 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Westfair Amphitheater
June 15 – Cincinnati, OH @ ICON Music Center Festival Park
June 16 – Asheville, NC @ Lapin Lapin
June 17 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
June 18 – Brandon, MI @ Brandon Amphitheater
July 7 – North Charleston, SC @ Firefly Distillery
July 8 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater
July 9 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
July 10 – Portsmouth, VA @ Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion
July 12 – Manteo, NC @ Roanoke Island Festival Park
July 14 – Dothan, AL @ National Peanut Festival Site
July 15 – Cocoa, FL @ Cocoa Riverfront Park
July 16 – Pompano Beach, FL @ Pompano Beach Amphitheater
July 17 – St. Augustine, FL @ The St. Augustine Amphitheater
July 29 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
August 4 – Missoula, Montana @ Big Sky Amphitheater
August 5 – Billings, Montana @ Magic City Blues Festival
August 7 – Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
August 11 – Grand Junction, CO @ Las Colonias Park Amphitheater
August 12 – Sandy, UT @ Sandy Amphitheater
August 13 – Cheyenne WY @ The Chinook at Terry Bison Ranch