Country noir? Concrete Blonde meets the Sundays? Journal-esque lyrics a la Fiona Apple if you replaced bluesy angst with goofy sci fi horror folk?
The Whiskey Charmers are a bit hard to pin down. Which I adore.
Even so, I tip my hat to the band for selecting this description on their Facebook page, which gets within a mile of the truth of it:
Fans often describe The Whiskey Charmers sound as the feeling of riding through the desert with the top down, or the feeling of being in some lonesome smoky bar off the side of an abandoned highway, or music from a Spaghetti Western. Comparisons have been drawn to The Cowboy Junkies, Mark Knopfler, Dick Dale, Chris Isaak, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Others call their music Country Noir, Gothic Americana. They may perhaps fall into the Outlaw category in Ameripolitan music, a genre created by the legendary artist Dale Watson.
William P Davis (Former Deputy Director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville) has a different opinion. He says of the band, “I’ve heard a lot of good musicians. The Whiskey Charmers remind me of no one – and, to me, that is [one] of the best compliments an act can receive.”
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