The Whiskey River Kings has been a project of Frankie Gardner for years before it's current incarnation. A love for Traditional Irish and American folk songs sparked a passion for writing poetic lyrics that tell stories of everyday struggle and strife. Frankie and the rest of the boys came together because of their love of old time folk, bluegrass and blues, poignant lyrics, and a passion for reviving these styles and mixing them with southern rock and soaring solos in order to bridge the gap between old and new and bring to life once more to these styles, rather than let them be lost to the ages.
With the addition of rock/fusion drummer Taylor Moore and alt rock bassist Daniel Williams, The Whiskey River Kings stumbled upon a sound unlike any other band in their hometown of Huntsville, AL, earning them a good deal of local acclaim. Frankie's mix of folk, country, and blues songwriting coupled with the rock styles of Taylor and Dan have made for a combination that has become their trademark. Their original music pulls from a wide range of influences, from Dylan to Hendrix, and pairs upbeat rhymes and rhythms with both serious and fun themes, all the while getting you out of your seat and on to the dance floor.
Their debut album "St. Jameson" was released March 30, 2012. Featuring the guitar genius of Dan Halbrooks, The album is a sampling of songs that showcase the wide array of influences that they mash together into an unforgettable and unmistakable style that is all their own.
In December of 2012, the Kings welcomed a new member into the fold: Steven "Frog" Hudson, Jr. on saxophone. This addition added a new element to the sound, bringing in Jazz and jam band overtones. In January 2013, the Kings were fortunate enough to add the talents of Dave Gist on lead guitar, adding yet another fresh dynamic by incorporating blues with progressive rock.
The Whiskey River Kings signed with Dirrty Apple Records in February of 2013. They are currently playing the southeast while working on recording their upcoming second album, "Fire and Whiskey," expected to be released in late spring of 2013.