• Attention, fans of Sturgill Simpson: Buy stock in Whitey Morgan. It’s going cheap for now, but not for long.

    — Grantland

Outlaw's always been the rough-around-the-edges, tuff guy uncle at the country music family picnic. Denim and leather, not Stetson and Nudie. Hair by Pennzoil, not Pomade. But, in the right hands--Haggard, Paycheck, Junior, Willie and Waylon and now Whitey Morgan--Outlaw is more than beards and bandanas, ink and attitude, it's goddamn folk music. It's about doing the best you can, about getting by and about cold beer and colder women--everything that keeps the honky tonks full on a Saturday night. It's about standing up when it'd just be easier to fall down.

With the Nashville establishment complacently riding a walmartized wave of bro-country, Whitey Morgan & 78s’ brand of tough and tight, loose and loud outlaw honky tonk is a breath of fresh motor oil, sweat, and grease. They are in bare-knuckle brawl for the soul of a cherished music form every night their boots hit the boards.

And because some bands just can’t be contained or content in a studio, WM78’s sound best where they are most at home: on stage. In the case of Born, Raised & LIVE from Flint, that stage is their home turf of The Machine Shop, Flint MI, where the beards and whiskey come right at you through the speakers, where you can feel the muscle behind the hustle.

Pulling favorites from their first two albums, including their self-titled Bloodshot debut (2010), plus three previously unrecorded songs, Whitey & the boys lay ‘em all out in the heat of the stage and in front of a crowd thirsty, really thirsty, for a good time. It’s Flint, a town not unfamiliar with hard times, but it could be anywhere. 

Kicking off with the hometown shout out “Buick City Blues,” WM78’s keep it loud and proud, a wall of Waylon played to be heard over the sounds of the stamping plant. Drinking, cheating, fighting, and drinking - all the bases are covered. 

Whitey’s originals are interspersed with in-the-pocket covers of Johnny Paycheck’s “Cocaine Train,” Johnny Cash’s “Bad News,” and a surprisingly affecting version of The Boss’s “I’m On Fire.” Rounding it all out is the Dale Watson-penned true-story ode to genius songwriter and handgun enthusiast Billy Joe Shaver, asking the age-old rumble-in-the-parking lot question: “Where Do You Want It?”

Like a high and tight fastball, Whitey Morgan & the 78s stand you up straight and get your attention on Born, Raise & LIVE from Flint. It’s a sound as hard-hitting as it is hard-headed. Flint’s been down, but it ain’t out. Same goes for classic outlaw country.

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