Whitey Morgan with Ben Jarrell
Flint, MI-based Whitey Morgan began performing in the mid-'00s with his band the Waycross Georgia Farmboys. After establishing themselves in the Midwest honky tonk scene with a self-released EP and tireless touring, the group signed with Detroit's Small Stone Records and dropped their debut album Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels. They continued to build their following in 2009 on tour with The Deadstring Brothers, and in 2010 they made their debut as Whitey Morgan and the 78’s with a self-titled album released on Bloodshot Records. Since then the band has performed on NPR, nabbed a 2014 Ameripolitan Music Award for Outlaw Country Band of the Year, and released their 2015 album Sonic Ranch to Top 40 spots on both Billboard's Top Country Albums and Independent Albums charts.