Since their inception in 2009 Whiskey Tango has been compelling audiences to move with their high-energy brand of Jamgrass. But Jamgrass only breaks the surface when it comes to describing the original music that Whiskey Tango creates and the eclectic mix of artists they pay tribute to. This diversity stems from the fact that each member has a different musical background; evident in their debut album Groggy Mountain Mornings, which cycles through a multitude of genres from Jamgrass and Country to Psychedelic and Jazz to straight up Rock & Roll and Funk. This deep understanding of music and its history has won the group Best Jam/Improv Band in Denver four years in a row. The band’s annual festival, Black Mountain Family Reunion, prompted Relix magazine to feature the single Annalisa on their international December 2012 CD sampler. It is in Whiskey Tango’s exuberant live shows, however, that the spirit of this fresh, original band can really be felt.
Whiskey Tango’s music is both visceral and intellectual, with complex arrangements that evoke emotional responses and thought provoking lyrics that tackle a myriad of subjects such as politics, love, law, greed, travel, madness, and the environment. And yet there are some songs that showcase a subtle simplicity that is not only relatable but also danceable. To put it simply, it is Whiskey Tango’s music that grabs the attention of the listener and the lyrics that make them think. This musical philosophy has had audiences contemplatively grooving for over half a decade, and will no doubt evolve and change to keep them grooving for years to come.
Another pillar of Whiskey Tango’s philosophy is to forge a deep connection with their fans (lovingly referred to as Tangorines). The energy that they exude onstage comes directly from the bouncing, gyrating crowd in front of them. The band is cognizant of the fact that without the vibrations from the audience the music could not function at its highest level. To Tango the fans are family. That love is reciprocated as their fans have voted Whiskey Tango best Jam/Improv band in the Westword Music Showcase four years running. Tango gives the love right back having put on The Black Mountain Family Reunion every year since the band was formed, which in recent years has benefited the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It is this deep understanding of the cosmic, two-way nature of music that has allowed Whiskey Tango to endear themselves to audiences wherever they go.
With their Colorado fan base healthy and growing, the next logical step for Whiskey Tango is to take their electrifying show on the road. While the band has played regionally in Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, and Utah, Whiskey Tango is set to become a national touring act. Their mind blowing live sets coupled with their accessible nature and easygoing personalities will soon have audiences around the country wondering when Whiskey Tango will be coming back to their corner of the country. Having shared the stage with many nationally touring acts, it is time for Tango to take that next step themselves.
Whiskey Tango has shared the stage with national acts such as Sam Bush, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Greensky Bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum, Grant Farm, Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident, Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon, and The Henhouse Prowlers. Besides putting on their own festival every year Whiskey Tango has played such notable festivals as Yarmony Grass and Railroad Earth’s Hangtown Halloween Ball in Placerville, CA.
With their debut album under their belt and more than enough new material for a follow up the band will soon be back in the studio to craft yet another relevant and thoughtful work. With their heads ever tuned to the open road in front of them, the future for Whiskey Tango is a bright shimmering horizon that dances off into infinity.
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