Misery drop video for title track of upcoming remastered album ‘Risk It All’
Misery consisting of frontman Greg Gilley, lead guitarist Joe Villarreal, bassist Marcus Johnson and drummer Kevin Coffey have unveiled a video for the title track from their upcoming remastered album Risk It All, which will be available via Eönian Records on February 10, 2023. Eönian Records has been committed to bringing the entire Misery studio albums recorded between 1990 and 1996 — Misery Loves Company (1991), Risk It All (1992), Out of My Hands (1994) and Violent Playground (unreleased) — remastered and repackaged on CD for the very first time.
Track List for remastered Risk It All:
01. Risk It All
04. I Need You
05. Crystal Clear
06. Do You Wanna
07. Out of The Gutter
08. All Your Love
09. Feel It Too
10. Can You Hear Me
Eönian Records‘ website indicates in part:
“The story of MISERY began deep in the heart of Texas… Pasadena, Texas, to be exact. Pasadena was not only the band’s hometown but also home to Gilley’s, the world’s largest honky-tonk bar. Gilley’s, named after country music star Mickey Gilley, opened in 1971 and gained national notoriety in 1980 with the success of the major motion picture “Urban Cowboy,” starring John Travolta. MISERY singer Greg Gilley also happened to be the son of Mickey. Greg and MISERY may have had that famous connection to stand behind initially, but the band made a name for itself during its time.
It all started in mid-1989 when singer & guitarist Greg Gilley was trying to get his project off the ground and reached out to guitarist Joe Villarreal who was fresh out of playing in the Houston band, The Jaxx. Joe brought in drummer Kevin Coffey from the band Project X, and the nucleus of MISERY was formed. Bassist Manuel Gonzales completed the original lineup. Manuel stayed with the band through the recording process but left the band and was replaced by Gerald Martin, aka Gerald Berger of AXE. Greg had written several songs, while Joe and Kevin brought in several great ideas. The band recorded their first independent cassette release in 1991, “Misery Loves Company,” with no outside producers or engineers. The album featured ten tracks, including an incredible cover of “Great Balls Of Fire,” made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis, a cousin of the late, great Mickey Gilley. Mickey played piano on the track as well!
Following the success of “Misery Loves Company,” the band recorded “Risk It All” in 1992 with ten new songs, this time bringing in bassist Marcus Johnson (from Stride & Winter). With the first two studio recordings finished, the band made a trip to the legendary Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA. With a tour bus supplied by Mickey Gilley, MISERY found themselves on a week-long adventure on the west coast showcasing at clubs like the Whisky a Go-Go, where the band opened for shock rocker Lizzy Borden, Filthy McNasty’s/Spice, later to be known as the infamous Viper Room which was co-owned by actor & musician Johnny Depp, and finally the FM Station in North Hollywood. The trip’s timing didn’t spark a record contract, but they did have a brush with Atlantic Records that never materialized. However, the trip is part of the band’s legacy and, ultimately, made great memories, and was a lot of fun!”
Misery‘s “Risk It All” video: