Tucson is the last stop on the first tour out West for the Southern-rock outfit Whiskey Myers.
The band from Tyler, Texas, a big deal in its native Lone Star State, has traveled out of its comfort zone to promote its latest release, “Early Morning Shakes,” released Tuesday on Wiggy Thump Records.
Tonight’s show at The Maverick, 6622 E. Tanque Verde Road, is the grand finale on a trek that has taken the group through Washington, Oregon, California, Flagstaff and Phoenix.
“We watched the Super Bowl in Eugene, Ore.,” bassist Gary Brown said in an interview Monday. “It is a cool town. It seemed kind of familiar, but different at the same time.”
“Early Morning Shakes” — the band’s third album — was recorded in Nashville under the watchful eye of Dave Cobb, a producer with credentials that includes work with Jason Isbell, Waylon Jennings and Shooter Jennings.
Most of the songs on the release were created in the studio from start to finish.
“That was Dave’s idea,” Brown said. “We are used to writing songs, rehearsing them and playing them live at shows to make sure they are perfect before we take them into the studio. This was more like flying by the seats of our pants.”
The band has discovered while on tour through uncharted territory that their new music — guitar-heavy songs that sing of Texas, bars, guitars and the American experience — resonate with people, no matter where they live.
“A lot of them already know the music,” Brown said. “If you’ve never been to a city, you don’t know if people are going to show up. But they have been enjoying it. It is a good feeling.”