The Whiskey Riders
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The Whiskey Riders

Louisville, Kentucky, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE | AFM

Louisville, Kentucky, United States | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Americana Rock




"The Whiskey Riders Southern Cuts – the sounds of Kentuckiana"

We’re cruising through the back roads in a place near the beauty of Kentucky and Indiana…the locals have been said to call it Kentuckiana.

The Whiskey Riders Southern Cuts blast from the speakers. “We’re runnin’ from the law” in a place where a Woman’s Like A Bottle…

"…with her skin smooth as glass, and her spirit on the inside got my blood pumpin’ fast, and I said oooooooooo she’s better than the last”.

“I’m the whiskey and she’s the wine” and everything’s going to be fine. The Whiskey Riders have served up a top shelf selection of the backwoods’ finest tunes. Potent like well crafted moonshine, allow this piece of Southern-Blues’grass-Rock to carry you to a good ‘ole fashioned, foot-stompin’, knee-slappin’ time.

With a DIY attitude that many a band should learn from, The Whiskey Riders have been traveling on their musical voyage for a collective 30+ years.

Southern Cuts is the soul of Kentuckiana captured in 5 songs of passionate and calming yet fierce and in-your-face bluegrass. With an injection or raw, uncut southern rock these fellas know how to kick up some dirt and throw down on their respective instruments.

After releasing Here to Burn in 2013, the crew felt like they were just warming up. Once you hear Southern Cuts you’ll wish they had given us more than 5 songs.

Don’t miss our recent interview with the band. Go support The Whiskey Riders. You can connect with them on Twitter or FB.

Read more at - Joshua (J.Smo) Smotherman - Middle Tennessee Music


"Here to Burn"



Emanating from the heart of America, bringing together the states of Indiana and Kentucky, The Whiskey Riders are bringing a style of music that has the feel of driving down country back roads, fishing, camping, drinking, and nights by the campfire. Uniting Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Bluegrass, Blues, and Metal into songs that sing about Love, Loss, Disenfranchisement, Overcoming and Dancing with the Devil, The Whiskey Riders pride themselves on their music and DIY attitude. They pride themselves on self-producing their own albums, music videos, websites and merchandise, and always keep a high standard with their work.  With a very diverse group of members, The Whiskey Riders combines all of our personal trials, tribulations, and styles to create music that is from the soul, from the heart, and for the ears. Over 30 years of combined musical experience within the group only adds to the madness. The live show is fierce, passionate, calm, and collected. The music purrs like a kitten, and roars like a lion. In 2016 we signed with Louisville based Eastwood Records and released our sophomore album "1865" including a limited vinyl release.

In 2017 longtime singer Jon Cox left the band to take care of his growing family, and in 2018 we found a very talented young singer in Alissa Grace from Fairdale, KY and Bryan Brutal Bass from Indiana.  These new members have taken our sound to the next level as we keep climbing up the musical mountain.

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