Roostertail Music Festival

Whiskey Myers band to headline Saturday night

Music Festival to feature 16 bands over three days

2019 Madison Regatta
Roostertail Music Festival Lineup
July 4-6 at Madison Bicentennial Park

Thursday, July 4
(Gates open at 3:30 p.m.; free admission Thursday only)
Madison Regatta Free Music Fourth
5-6 p.m.: Amy Noel
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Steamship
8-9 p.m.: Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters
9:30-11 p.m.: The High Divers

Friday, July 5
(Gates open at 3:30 p.m.)
5-6 p.m.: The Pass
6:20-7:15 p.m.: Fredrick the Younger
7:35-8:30: Little Stranger
9-10 p.m.: Jamie Lin Wilson
9:50 p.m.: Mike & the Moonpies

Saturday, July 6
(Gates open at 1 p.m.)
2-3 p.m.: Brent Mathis
3:20-4:20 p.m.: 16 Bones
4:40-5:40 P.m.: Edgar Red
6-7 p.m.: Justin Wells
7:30-8:30 p.m.: American Aquarium
9-10 p.m.: Brent Cobb
10 p.m.: Fireworks Show on the Ohio River
10:30 - 12 a.m.: Whiskey Myers

• Tickets: $25 boat racing only; $25 music festival only; $40 all access weekend pass; $140 race and music four-pack. Available online at www.MadisonRegatta.com. For information, call (812) 274-0400.

(July 2019) – Cody Cannon of Palestine, Texas, knows a little bit about the way music brings people together. Cannon is the lead singer of Tyler, Texas-based country-rock band Whiskey Myers and says that he and his five bandmates began their band naturally.
“We’re all from the same area,” said Cannon, 33. “We grew up together and have known each other forever. One day you just wake up and find that you’re here.”
Whiskey Myers is scheduled to perform as the Saturday night headliner at the second annual Roostertail Music Festival, held as part of 69th Madison Regatta on July 4-6.
The Roostertail lineup has seen the addition of two country acts on Friday, Jamie Lin Wilson and Mike and the Moonpies, after a cancellation from Friday night’s original headliner, Moon Taxi.
Some of the other bands include The Pass, a hip, ’80s vibe Louisville band, and Little Stanger, which plays with an alternate and hip hop feel from Philadelphia. Justin Wells Band and Brent Cobb put on a country show, while Edgar Red will play straight up rock. There are many types of genres of music that will be performing during Regatta weekend, but not one band or performer sounds the same.
Whiskey Myers is composed of Cannon (lead vocals, guitar), John Jeffers (lead guitar, slide guitar, lap steel, vocals), Jeff Hogg (drums), Jamey Gleaves (bass) and Tony Kent (percussion, cowbell, keys). Cannon and Jeffers started playing guitar at age 16, which is where Whiskey Myers’ story began.
“Brent Turner and Brent Thacker are heading up the Music Committee, and their plan of finding bands who are just about to explode as national scene is proving itself worthy,” said Madison Regatta President Matt True. “These bands are selling out everywhere they go and hitting it big, so right here in your back yard is the best place to see them. Plus it’s less expensive compared to seeing them anywhere else.” 
Turner, Madison Regatta music coordinator, describes Whiskey Myers as encompassing “both country and rock. I would call it southern rock.” Turner said he is looking forward to the impact he thinks Whiskey Myers will have on the crowd. “People will really enjoy hearing them. They bring a party-like atmosphere and a high level of energy that we haven’t had before.”
Cannon said that Whiskey Myers has found inspiration from a variety of artists.

Photo courtesy of Khris Poage

The Nashville, Tenn.,-based Whiskey Myers band includes (from left) John Jeffers, Cody Cannon and Cody Tate. They opened for the Rolling Stones on June 25.

“We’ve been influenced by all kinds of music. Most of it is older stuff, the music that we grew up on,” he said. “Lynyrd Skynyrd, Merle Haggard, the good old stuff.” Cannon describes Whiskey Myers as “country boys trying to play rock and roll.”
Cannon said that he and his bandmates seek to write songs that will impact their audiences. “I’m fortunate to have written a lot of songs. I like writing anything that can touch people and that they can relate to,” he said.
Whiskey Myers’ next album will release in September. “Our next album is self-titled and self-produced. John did all the artwork. We really did everything ourselves. We’ve never self-produced before so this is a new thing for us,” said Cannon.
The album was recorded on Sonic Ranch, located in Tornillo, a remote town in west Texas. “We went out into the desert for 20 days to work on a record,” he said.
The band was recently honored to have been selected to open for the famed Rolling Stones at its June 25 concert at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
Along with Whiskey Myers, Roostertail will also feature a full lineup on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Thursday, Craig Toyota is sponsoring the “Madison Regatta Free Music Fourth” with four bands in the lineup: Madison’s Amy Noel, who just came out with an album in February; Steamship; Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters; and The High Divers. Admission is free.
“Three of the bands playing at Roostertail Music Festival have had albums that were in the Top 40 of Rolling Stone’s Country charts,” Turner said. “Brent Cobb had a Grammy nomination. We’re really featuring some bigger names and a much deeper lineup from top to bottom.”
Roostertail Music Festival will also feature more music this year overall. “We’ve added two more acts on Saturday, and there will be seven bands playing on Saturday. We’re also starting earlier all three days and doing more with the music all around,” said Turner.
He added that even with the addition of more bands, the festival’s price will remain the same.
This is the third year that the Madison Regatta has featured live music but is the second official year of the Roostertail Music Festival. “We’ve been working hard on this for three years now,” said Turner, adding that the festival attracted about 7,500 attendees last year.
“We’re hoping for more this year. We’ve sold tickets to states that we’ve never sold to before,” said Turner. “When you look at the fan pages for some of the bands on Facebook, you can see where people are making plans to come to Madison. It’s becoming a destination event.”
Turner said that the festival’s footprint will be extended to West Street this year in order to comply with liquor laws. “There will be food trucks and places to buy drinks all along West Street,” he said.
As for the diverse type of musical acts to play, Turner said, “Our goal from the start has been to bring in new and younger fans to the Madison Regatta. We took a hard look at the other two amazing festivals in Madison and wanted to do something different. The Madison Regatta has always been Madison’s loudest festival, and we wanted to extend that feeling into the music side.
“We have focused on cutting edge artists from multiple genres, but our main focus is on rock and country. I truly believe that with the lineup we booked in 2018 and again in 2019 that we have something that everyone will love and walk away from extremely impressed by the talent level.”
Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to visit a whiskey lounge at Bicentennial Park that will offer West Fork Whiskey. Roostertail Music Festival also will feature Rhinegeist as the official craft beer of the festival, as well as local brews from MadPaddle Brewery. “We’ll have one to two taps from MadPaddle,” said Turner. North Vernon Beverage Co. will supply domestic beer for sale.

Tickets for Roostertail Music Festival are $25 for music only, or $40 for the combo ticket for music and boat racing. A four-person combo pack is $140. They can be purchased online at www.MadisonRegatta.com, at all German American Bank locations, at First Financial Bank located on the corner of Clifty Drive and Cragmont Street, Farmer’s Bank of Milton in Madison, MadTown Liquors, The Bottle Shop and the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center.

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