I Must Be Whiskey, I was Charmed
Detroit’s Whiskey Charmers kick ass on second LP
A visit to ‘The Valley’ below
By Daniel Siwka
“The Valley is thoughtful, energetic, and improves on their thoughtful and well-crafted genre exercises. (It’s better recorded too, as the band will tell you themselves). When Metro Times last spoke to the Charmers last year, it was to spread word about their crowdfunding efforts to fund the release of the album. That didn’t go quite as planned, so let’s pick up where we left off.”
– Daniel Siwka, Detroit Metro Times 4/12/17
Many thanks to music journalist Brian Palmer and Metrotimes for yesterdays article on our band, titled “Acoustic country trio the Whiskey Charmers play by their own rules, no censorship allowed”
“The Whiskey Charmers just might have the most appropriate name ever. For starters, the band plays a brand of country, folk, and Americana that’s perfectly suited to dimly lit whiskey bars, where a few shots of fire will help get you in the right frame of mind. And the trio will charm the pants off you with their moody aesthetics and clever wordplay. Two big reasons this band — which formed last year — is starting to gain some traction is that they march to the beat of their own creative drum, and they don’t pull any punches.”
– Brian Palmer, Metrotimes 11/12/14
Click here for the full article
In the run up to Pig and Whiskey 2014, Metro Times asked us a few questions about whiskey, music and BBQ. We posted our answers below! Read the full article to see what other the bands have to say!
Lawrence Daversa and Carrie Shepard (the Whiskey Charmers)
What was the first time you drank whiskey like?
Daversa: It was like having vertigo and the flu simultaneously.
Shepard: It was like drinking warm, mellow happiness.
Do you remember the last time you drank whiskey?
Daversa: Yes, it tasted like gasoline.
Shepard: Yes, it was at Third Street Bar (and Dangerously Delicious Pies) the night Doop & the Inside Outlaws played. It was a Jameson’s, neat.
What’s your favorite barbecue joint?
Daversa: Edley’s in Nashville.
Shepard: The Honky Tonk BBQ in Chicago, also one of our favorite places to play.
What’s your favorite whiskey?
Daversa: The one that is farthest away from me.
In your opinion, how do music, whiskey, and barbecue go together?
Daversa: We like to play for people that have eaten a large amount of barbecue and had a lot of whiskey, because that makes us sound better.
Shepard: Well, if you drink some whiskey, have a tasty slab of ribs, listen to music, then have some barbecue brisket and some more whiskey, you can’t really go wrong.
It’s at times like this that you just want to get up and hug the band. On Thursday evening at O’Mara’s, a sort of Irish-themed restaurant in Berkley, Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa of the Whiskey Charmers are pouring their hearts our on the mini-stage while, in front of them and separated by a partition wall, barely interested customers eat their chicken.
Of course, that’s par for the course if you take this sort of gig, and the two musicians are happy to just purr through their tunes. But still, as an onlooker, it seems like a waste. Just look up from your plate for a second, guys. Chew while you view. There’s something beautiful going on.
Much like fellow locals the Blueflowers, the Whiskey Charmers play poetic, mildly gothic folk rock. Daversa is skilled at allowing his guitar to compliment Shepard’s vocals, rather than overriding it. It’s a less-is-more philosophy which serves the band well, and it allows the songs to breathe.
Shepard’s singing has improved noticeably since we interviewed them about a year ago. As we said then, “The Whiskey Charmers truly create the aural equivalent of crying into a tumbler filled with bourbon, bemoaning a lost love. There’s no ice added.”
Shepard purrs through the tunes, and songs about drinking cannily come across as if they are about something far more romantic. That’s the trick, the humor, behind this music. Despite the fact that nobody else was listening, something beautiful happened at O’Mara’s, and it wasn’t (just) the drink selection.
Many thanks to CW50 Detroit for including us in the Detroit Proud Playlist of the week!
The Whiskey Charmers truly create the aural equivalent of crying into a tumbler filled with bourbon, bemoaning a lost love. There’s no ice added. – Brett Callwood, Metro Times