Because Songs Matter

Bikeriders 2015

Bikeriders 2015

For those unfamiliar with this tour for the past 3-4 years when Lucero has a tour break Ben Nichols straps his acoustic to the back of his bike and hits the road for a string of dates with tattoo artist Oliver Peck and a rotating group of other folks. These are solo shows staged in […]

Your Heart Breaks – America – 2015

Your Heart Breaks – America – 2015

America begins without any cushion. Drummer Chris McFarlane and singer/guitarist Clyde Petersen trip beat- and lyrics-first into the first verse of “Should’ve Known Better” and from there it’s the free-fall off of a two-story roof, the bruised breathlessness upon thudding, the embarrassment and gratefulness of being mostly ok. Petersen has carried the Your Heart Breaks project from Bloomington […]

Benchmarks – American Night – 2015

Benchmarks – American Night – 2015

It starts out with distortion, guitar, and a voice. The voice is one you’ve heard before, been hearing for years. The always-ethereal vocal tones of Kelly Smith (nee Kneiser) of Glossary. Then a new voice, one you may have heard before but certainly not like this. The Dirty Birds have come home to roost, or maybe […]

Premiere – Kent Goolsby & The Gold Standard – How Low Does Your Fruit Hang

Premiere – Kent Goolsby & The Gold Standard – How Low Does Your Fruit Hang

Unlike Captain’s Dead if you’d have told me 4 years ago when Kent Goolsby played my birthday party with his, now defunct, band The Only Sons I would have been surprised. That said, since disbanding with The Only Sons I have watched Kent’s music change and mature into something that is equal parts in the […]

Mickey Rickshaw – No Heaven for Heroes – 2015

Mickey Rickshaw – No Heaven for Heroes – 2015

By now you all know my penchant for music with a touch of Irish influence. What you might not know is how much stuff out there sounds like rehashed Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphys and just isn’t up to snuff. What this means is that I am actually picky about the bands that I listen […]

Introduction to Bryan Minks

Introduction to Bryan Minks

My oldest memories of being in love with music go back to my very first memories. I can still hear the crackling vinyl as the Rolling Stones pumped through my father’s floor model pioneers on a late Saturday night, it was the soundtrack for good times with friends. I can still hear the classic country […]

Links Around the Web – 06/19/15

Links Around the Web – 06/19/15

Here I am, the much-maligned but never-convicted Wolf, serving up the hottest hotlinks for your lazy Friday web browsing. Cory Branan, known wastrel, has a couple of cool things up on Spotify. The first is a recorded Audiotree Live session of tunes, in which we get high quality solo-acoustic Branan which is always a treat. The […]

Poor ol Uncle Fatty – Blood Arkansan – 2015

Poor ol Uncle Fatty – Blood Arkansan – 2015

Blood Arkansan is the second full length release from Matthew “Fatty” Richards under the moniker Poor ol Uncle Fatty. It’s a little more on the country side than I’ve been writing about, but for me that’s a return to my roots here at 9 Bullets. I’ve had this in my hands since January but for […]

Opinion – 2 Pop Country Songs Worth Talking About

Opinion – 2 Pop Country Songs Worth Talking About

No genre on earth is completely devoid of discussion worth material. I also don’t believe that there is no genre that is completely without merit. Anyone who suggests otherwise is most likely an asshole. Up until a few months ago I was pretty ignorant to the pop country genre but living in Nashville now makes […]

American Dirt – Sunken Gardens – Exclusive Stream

American Dirt – Sunken Gardens – Exclusive Stream

The crew over at Twang N Bang is always great, and when they asked us to host an exclusive stream of the new American Dirt album I just couldn’t say “No”. It’s currently in pre-order so your first chance to hear the whole is right here. I will be reviewing the album closer to the […]

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