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A rowdy time with Whitey Morgan & the 78s

By Melissa Buckley
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Melissa BuckleyWhitey Morgan & the 78s will perform their rockin’, honky-tonk music at the Outlaw Snowdown, opening for Shooter Jennings on Friday, Feb. 8.

Photo courtesy Melissa Buckley
Whitey Morgan & the 78s will perform their rockin’, honky-tonk music at the Outlaw Snowdown, opening for Shooter Jennings on Friday, Feb. 8.

Whitey Morgan & the 78s will turn a heated tent in Pagosa Springs’ Town Park into a rockin’ honky tonk on Friday, Feb. 8. The Flint, Mich., band is slated to play a 75-minute set, prior to Shooter Jennings, on the first night of Outlaw Snowdown.

Whitey Morgan’s whiskey-tinged vocals, backed by his band’s boot-stomping beats, pack dance floors. Having performed with the likes of Bob Seger, Hank Williams III, David Alan Coe and Lynard Skynard, the band is well-versed in bringing the house down.

Epitomizing the Outlaw Country ethos like few acts do, Whitey Morgan does it like the original outlaw artists did and sounds an awful lot like Waylon Jennings, Shooter’s dad, while doing it. They are sure to be a crowd favorite.

Durango-based Americana band Caitlin Cannon+the Artillery and Pagosa’s own Brooks-i Band will go on prior to Whitey and Shooter on Friday night. Brooks Lindner, of the Brooks-i Band, will also emcee the festival.

Saturday night’s lineup will feature Micky and the Motorcars, Lydia Loveless, Fifth on the Floor, and Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition. The official Outlaw Snowdown After Party will be held poolside at The Springs Resort after the show on Saturday.

Tickets for the two-day festival are $75 and can be purchased online at outlawsnowdown.com/tickets. Single-day wristbands will be available at the door, space permitting, and will run walk-up patrons $50. Outlaw Snowdown is an 18-over event.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.outlawsnowdown.com or call Melissa at (949) 690-3457. If you’d like to volunteer or become a vendor, e-mail melissa@buckwildproductions.com.

This story was posted on January 24, 2013.