Saturday night was the release party for Whiskey Kiss’ new album, “Retro.Revamped” at The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix. It was a privilege to be asked to open for them, and we had a wonderful time. The Roadkill Wranglers kicked off the night, having replaced a band called The Delta Bombers, who had dropped off the bill. This was only the Wranglers second show, but they performed flawlessly, and had the crowd dancing and singing along to some familiar rockabilly classics.
MSD followed the Roadkill Wranglers, and changed things up a bit. It was a packed crowd of mostly new faces to us, and admittedly, they seemed to back away from the stage a bit at first, as if recoiling in horror! But as we played, we began to feel the energy we were putting out reciprocated from the audience, as they cheered and danced, and that gap closed.
Finally, the moment everyone was waiting for. Whiskey Kiss took the stage, and they were firing on all cylinders, performing at their prime. Best set I’d ever seen them do. Their new music is killer, their sounds is unique and traditional all at once, which is perfectly fitting with the title of their new album, “Retro.Revamped”. So much talent on that stage! Most notable was their 15-minute cover medley, where they seamlessly transitioned from snippets of songs that spanned several decades & musical genres, from The Cramps to Blondie to The White Stripes, it was a spectacle to behold.