DETROIT (WJRT) -
(06/11/14) - NASCAR takes to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn this weekend, but an hour or so east in downtown Detroit, they'll be looking ahead to the action a month from now at MIS.
The Road To Faster Horses series, which is a pre-party for the Faster Horses Festival coming July 18-20, continues Saturday at St. Andrews Hall with Flint outlaw country band Whitey Morgan & the 78s.
"It's pretty exciting, I'm anxious to see how many people we can get out there," Whitey said from a hotel room in Richmond, Virginia, Tuesday. "We've been workin' hard out on the road and it's always good to come home and get a little love from the locals."
It's just a brief stop close to home this time around, as the bands head right back out on their neverending tour. Whitey says he wouldn't have it any other way.
"The hard work is definitely payin' off. The crowds are gettin' bigger and actually the hardcore fans are getting more crazy and driving farther to see us. It's always great when somebody tells you they drove six hours and says they had the best time of their life at your show, best show they've ever seen, and things like that."
Morgan also says he's noticing the recognition, even outside of his shows.
"It always blows my mind to see a Whitey Morgan T-shirt in the middle of nowhere in a town I've never been in. There's somebody there that somehow found our music and loves it. It still blows my mind."
And Whitey is trying to capture some of that excitement to help out in the recording of a new album. He's launched a Kickstarter campaign to cover some of the advance costs.
"Cause we're spendin' a lot more dough on this record than the last couple. And when you start thinkin' about it, the numbers start getting up there. I know we're gonna do well when it comes out, but it's nice to know that you've got that little bit of cushion to pay for the studio and cover some costs."
Whitey says he was hesitant about the concept at first.
"I wasn't a big fan of the Kickstarter thing, I always saw people doing it and thought it was people beggin' for money. And then when I thought about it in terms of, basically it's a pre-sale of the record. So you're basically just securing your album a couple months ahead of time. And it's helping us get it paid for so we can get it out, you know."
Now that he's accepted the idea, he says it's been an interesting experience so far.
"It's a little nerve racking, you know, to know that I'm kinda out there on my own. But I've got a good team, good band, my manager and my booking agent now are top notch and they're workin' hard. So the fact that I've got that good of a team, I'm not too worried about it. It does make you a bit nervous, but I know the fans are waitin' for a new album, so when it does come out I don't think we're gonna have any problem sellin' it."
He says he's been amazed at the response from his fans so far.
"It's great, just to see the actual addresses of these people, it's all over the country. It feels really good, like I said the hard work is payin' off and people are payin' attention," he said.
You can find out more about Whitey Morgan's Kickstarter campaign HERE