This past Friday, I got to see Whitey Morgan and the 78s play at the New Vintage in Louisville, Kentucky. Little did I know, this would be the same place that I saw Wayne Mills several years ago. Tiny place but friendly folks. Whitey Morgan is based out of Flint, Michigan, but full of pure country music soul. His guitar picking reminds me of a cross between Waylon Jennings and Jerry Reed. He can just flat out pick it. Add in his steel guitar player, drums, and bass player and you have yourself a good time.
One thing that sets Whitey Morgan apart from the rest is that his show is probably 85% original tunes with a few covers sprinkled in here and there. And when he throws in a cover, you are guaranteed that it is well appreciated throwback to country music. Waylon, Paycheck, David Allan Coe, Cash, whoever…he goes deep in their catalog and not just the standard cover tune.
Here’s a video from the other night that I took of Whitey Morgan singing “I’m On Fire” to give you a feeling of what his live show is all about.
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.