“Laurel Knox and the Whitleys is as if some hillbillies revved up Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash to the point of getting the tires smoking!”
— Justin Eslinger, Owner of Middle Fidelity Records
About the Band
Laurel Knox and the Whitleys is one of the most versatile and unique bands to come out of Southeastern Kentucky in recent years. With influences ranging from country music performers such as Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and Sturgill Simpson, to rock artists like The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Jack White, throw in a few CCR and Hank III covers and Laurel Knox is sure to have an eclectic, electric vibe that can be enjoyed by all.
The band is comprised of three primary members; Josh Teague, guitar, banjo, bass; Mike Cook, guitar, mandolin; and Tyler Dixon, drums and percussion. Even though Laurel Knox and the Whitleys have only performing regularly for about two years, each member of the band has 10+ years experience of playing music around Kentucky and Tennessee from former bands and solo projects.
The band spent December of 2017, June and July of 2018 recording and mixing their debut album "Smoke from This Altar", which was released August 17th, 2018. The album features all original material written by members of the band dealing with subjects like addiction, loss, abuse, and seeking comfort or redemption in its various forms in various ways.
“It's like a goddamn iPod on shuffle”
— Some guy in the crowd, in regards to the set list