While Morgan may not be a fan of the sort of country music you’ll hear on the radio and at the various country awards shows, he isn’t shy about sharing his traditional-country influences — particularly Waylon Jennings.
“I just always dug that sound,” says Morgan of twang-heavy country. “Especially Waylon, for me, it was easy to grab onto those half-time grooves, and the more hard-hitting stuff, because I’d come from playing more rock & roll-type things. Learning that and crafting my version of that Seventies sound led me to graduating to [Johnny] Paycheck’s style, and Merle [Haggard]’s. Not style exactly, but maybe just their level of musicianship."
Waylon Jennings Acolyte Whitey Morgan on Why Mainstream Country Turns His Stomach, Rolling Stone