In a career spanning 15 years, Morgan has released five studio albums and a live recording from hishometown of Flint, Michigan. Additionally, he has toured relentlessly averaging over 125 shows annually.Rolling Stone has described him as a "Waylon Jennings acolyte.. modern day outlaw [with a] hard hittingblue-collar brand of music" while NPR Music hailed, "Staying close to the sound and subject matter ofclassic outlaw artists like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and David Allan Coe, Morgan is poised to leadthis hand-worn brand of country to the next generation." His most recent LP, Sonic Ranch (2015), wasreleased to critical acclaim and praised by Detroit Free Press as, "a bold well-crafted album that doesn'tforsake the gritty undercurrent running through Morgan's stuff."
Whitey Morgan and the 78's anticipated new album, self-produced by Morgan, was recorded in the NeveRoom at famed Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas. Featured on the record are collaborations withacclaimed songwriters Travis Meadows and Ward Davis plus a cover of ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid."Alongside Morgan, the 78's consist of Brett Robinson (pedal steel guitar), Joey Spina (guitar), Alex Lyon(bass) and Eric Savage (drums).
Of the recording, Morgan shares, "It's not like my vision happened overnight. I've been chipping away at itforever. It's slowly evolving and it's going in a little bit different direction. It's not so straightforwardanymore. This record definitely has a wider path, it's broader, but it still sounds like a Whitey Morganrecord." With grandparents from Tennessee and Kentucky and hometown roots in Flint, Michigan,Morgan's family geography has factored into his approach to music.
Born a stone's throw from the swamps of southern Alabama and in particular the city of Dothan, Ben Jarrell's early musical influences were derived from his close family members. Dad loved Rock N Roll, especially hard rock. Stepmom brought classic rock and modern country into the home. However it was Grandma who led him to more traditional country music. From Alabama to Waylon Jennings and on to Willie Nelson and Johnny Paycheck Ben acquired a taste for what was then branded Outlaw Country Music.
Ben's most recent work included the release of his first record "Troubled Times". It is a compilation of life experiences and those that have touched him. This music resonates within Ben Jarrell and he is sure that it will resonate in you. The journey is far from over so hop on and see what the future brings for Ben Jarrell's Roadside Revival!