I’ve never been to SXSW. This tends to surprise people. I often get, “You seem like someone who would go to SXSW,” or “You look like someone who belongs in Austin,” whatever either of those mean. Thing is, I’ve never had a strong desire to go. I’ve seen most of the musicians that have played there (the ones I wanted to see, in any case), and I don’t particularly like crowds. I know, I know, it’s an “experience,” and my work will likely bring me there one day. I’m not bashing it. I think it’s a great thing for everyone involved – fans, musicians, labels, etc. I’m just not eager to throw down the dollaz to travel just to sleep on people’s floors and immerse myself into crowds, when I am not a crowds-type person. I’d much rather see my favorite bands play in a dark bar or venue with booze, where I can drink until I’m gregarious and charming. Until I have to go to SXSW, I probably won’t, especially when there’s CXCW. And while I am super-duper sorry I missed Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at SXSW…

…I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite submissions to this year’s CXCW.

The first one’s a brand new song called “Oh Julia” by John Moreland, and y’all know how much I dig him. I love his voice, and his songs tend to be somber and melancholy, which I also dig:

Next up is Todd Farrell, Jr., who submitted a new song called “Pawn Shops,” as well as an Iron Maiden cover, “Wasted Years.” He’s a little wasted in these, so it makes them extra-special, in my opinion. (Sometimes I likes ‘em extra sloppy!) He even took home the runner-up award for the “Best Performance: Drunk” for it.

“St. Mary’s” by American Aquarium was another treat:

And, last but certainly not least, “Rainbow Connection” by Have Gun Will Travel (recorded by our own Autopsy IV):

What were some of your favorite submissions this year?


This album is one sexy-ass mofo.

I’m serious. I felt like I’d been shooting back tequila shots, snorting coke, and dancing on stripper poles all night by the time I was done listening to it. And, let me tell ya, folks, I ain’t generally that wild a gal.

If you’d like that not-so-clean feeling yourself, you’re in luck. We’re giving away a vinyl copy of Jason Freeman‘s Hex & Hell. Just leave a comment telling us which one of the tracks below is your favorite and why (in one or two sentences), and we’ll pick a winner using an internet random number generator. Please make sure you give us your email address! The winner will have 24 hours to respond with a full name and address, before we choose someone else. You’ve got seven days from today. Go!

Jason Freeman – Dirty Heart
Jason Freeman – Hex & Hell
Jason Freeman – Teasin’ Me


If you haven’t already caught them, alt-country music troubadours Matt Woods of Knoxville, TN and Adam Lee of Kansas City, MO have been playing shows together on their “Connoisseurs of Lesser Things” tour since February 16th and will make stops in the south and mid-west including many in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia through March 20th. They will also perform during the SXSW MidCoast Takeover Party held in Austin, TX from March 13th-16th.

On this current tour, each will be playing solo sets (in most cases). Woods will be playing songs off his albums The Matt Woods Manifesto and Broken Strings & Beer Specials: An Acoustic Retrospective, as well as songs from his new record slated for release in Fall 2013. Lee will be performing songs from his full-length solo record due out in Fall 2013, songs from an EP specially released for this joint tour, and records with his band The Dead Horse Sound Company, When the Spirits Move Me and Ghostly Fires.

For a chance to win both The Matt Woods Manifesto and Adam Lee’s self-titled, special edition EP on CD, leave a one- or two-sentence comment telling us which one of the shows you have attended or plan on attending. If you won’t be able to make it, tell us that too – with remorse, of course. We’ll pick a winner using an internet random number generator seven days from today. Please make sure you give us your email address! The winner will have 24 hours to respond with a full name and address, before we choose someone else.

Adam Lee – Broken Wings
Matt Woods – Port St. Lucie


Chris Knight is no stranger to most Ninebullets readers and listeners. Thanks to 15 years of touring to support his eight records and writing songs for more mainstream country artists, I doubt he’s too much of a stranger to anyone these days. And that’s a good thing.

Knight, 52, grew up in difficult times in Slaughters, KY, a small, working-class town, and in few other of his albums do I believe that fact is more evident than on his latest effort, Little Victories.  Though this album has less machismo than a lot of his others, it does have some rough edges with an equally rough but important message – a message  that can be summed up by the line, “I’m pretty sure the government ain’t gonna save you, ” from the album’s opening tack, “In the Mean Time.” Knight urges us to plant our own gardens, hunt our own food (if you’re the type to eat food that could once run), and, generally, learn to be more self-sufficient. With times being as they are, I am inclined to agree with him.

While Heart of Stone  and The Trailer Tapes remain my favorites out of all his albums, Little Victories is an addition to your collection I believe to be worth having.

Chris Knight – In The Meantime
Chris Knight – Hard Edges
Chris Knight – Little Victories

Take home Little Victories on CD or MP3 from Chris Knight’s official site.