Whitey Morgan and the 78s Treated the Troubadour to a Rowdy Good Time
Whitey Morgan and the 78s at Troubadour. Photos and words by Matt Stasi
Iconic road warrior Whitey Morgan and his companions ‘The 78’s’ made the trip down the 5 freeway from North Fork, CA to play the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. Along in support of this hellish crew is Alex Williams. By the time Williams takes the stage the intimate venue is already 3/4 full. Easily a headliner on any given night, Williams’ brand of traditional country and rich baritone drawl is a perfect companion to Whitey Morgan’s raucous set.
It’s Whitey Morgan’s turn to take the stage and the place is filled past capacity with a highly lubricated group of Southern California cowboys ready to get rowdy. Whitey wastes no time in obliging them with “Bad News”. The well-oiled 6-piece band ramble through crowd favorites “Cocaine Train”, “Where Do You Want It”, as well as “Just Got Paid” off their recently released CD entitled Hard Times And White Lines. After a brief whiskey break Whitey continues on with “I Ain’t Drunk”, then slows it up with “Tired Of The Rain”, and ends the set by dedicating a killer version of the Marshall Tucker hit, “Fire On The Mountain” to all the firefighters who have been working tirelessly on the recent fires throughout the state. It doesn’t take long for the raucous crowd to convince Whitey and the boys to come out for an encore. The debauchery continues for another four tunes beginning with “Me and the Whiskey” and ending with an ominous version of “Waiting ‘Round To Die”.
It’s well known that Whitey Morgan and the 78’s are no stranger to the pavement. Needless to say, you will have no troubles finding a date to see them live in your area. Do yourself a favor and get out to see these guys. ***PRO TIP - Be sure and call in sick to work the next day and stock up on the ibuprofen.