House Whiskey is a rising arena-ready, country-rock band made up of Jesse Murphy, Michael Wilkes and Wally Montgomery. From the CMA Fest to the Houston Livestock Rodeo to opening for acts like The Charlie Daniels Band, Tracy Byrd, David Lee Murphy, Frank Foster and Lit, House Whiskey is steadily building a fan base across the country. Without being related by blood, they have an alluring familial harmony and signature timbre that bring out the natural swagger and grit laid deep down in their souls. As country people, their approach to music is to give the listener a sense of freedom, roots and self-connection through authentic storytelling that offers a heavy dose of blue-collar heart. Growing up in two of the most musically sacred states in the US definitely had a lasting impression on their affinity for the written word, and the musical brothers’ talents were nurtured at an early age. Murphy’s earliest childhood memories growing up in Ashland City, Tenn. were of his father, hitmaker David Lee Murphy, blaring his original demos with a mix of Tom Petty, the Black Crowes and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Kentucky born, Georgia raised Wilkes grew up with a similar southern rock soundtrack with a heavy dose of The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles. Georgia native Montgomery comes from a long line of well-trained musicians and grew up listening to ’60s rock and surf music, the Beach Boys and The Beatles as well as guitar driven 80’s rock like Van Halen. However, it was ’90s country music that felt most like home to the rising musicians. The stories in Garth Brooks and Randy Travis’ catalogs made them forever fans. They met through making the rounds in the Nashville songwriting community and in acknowledgment of the instant musical telepathy between them, decided to form a band. They built their initial catalog over a series of writers’ retreats between 2014-2015 and landed on a song that laid the foundation for their groundbreaking new sound. “I Quit Countin’,” their debut single, has a quintessential southern rock opening that hooks anyone within earshot and speaks to every underdog who finds redemption after hitting rock bottom. The song’s hero has too many problems to list, however, his luck changes for the better as soon as he sits down at a beer joint off Highway 62. “I Quit Countin'” is the first introduction from a forthcoming five-song EP produced by Brett Beavers (Dierks Bentley, Dustin Lynch). To hear a sample of “I Quit Countin’” and find more information about the band, visit housewhiskey.com.
About the name House Whiskey:
“Some people think you can tell a lot about somebody by what they drink.” Murphy says, “But to us, it ain’t about the label on it. It’s about what you bring to the table. House Whiskey represents an attitude, a mentality. It’s about getting the most bang for your buck outta this life. It’s a little gritty, kinda like somebody that is scraping by to make ends meet, living their dream, grinding all week, but on a Friday night they still like to party. It’s a little blue collar, a little bit hippie, a little rock n roll, a little hillbilly. When the bartender asks me “What it’ll be?”…I get the House Whiskey”.
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