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Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters – Midwest Heart/Southern Blues

Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters – Midwest Heart/Southern Blues

Nick Dittmeier and The Sawdusters Midwest Heart, Southern Blues is good time, Saturday night, Honky Tonk music that keeps the dance floor packed and the Preacher’s Sunday sermon at least one last call away. Like his Indiana contemporary, Austin Lucas, Dittmeier writes songs that are upbeat in the classic Southern Rock tradition but with thoughtful lyrics about […]

Austin Lucas – Between The Moon And The Midwest – 2016

Austin Lucas – Between The Moon And The Midwest – 2016

Welcome to my first piece for Ninebullets. Romeo Sid Vicious has been wanting to get me on the staff here and its an honour to be onboard. Yes, he reviewed the demo EP I put out recently but that was RSV’s own doing and his love of my music Without a doubt, Austin Lucas is […]

Passing Parade – We Own Fun – 2016

Passing Parade – We Own Fun – 2016

If you’re involved in the music scene in Jackson, MS then you probably know Cody Cox. He runs the Elegant Trainwreck label and plays in more bands then I’m even able to count. I first found out about him when he was playing with Goodman County and AIV and I were still posting on what […]

Billy Pettinger – I Have to Do This – 2016

Billy Pettinger – I Have to Do This – 2016

“What did I used to have before I had nothing?” ~ Fucked Up, “Glass Boys” Billy Pettinger gives insight into the (un)making of this album: after Frank Turner produced her last album (Billy the Kid’s Horseshoes & Hand Grenades for biggie-indie label Xtra-Mile), Laura Jane Grace and Ryan Adams blipped in and, disappointingly, out of the picture […]

The Albert Square – I (Assume I) Know What I’m Doing – 2015

The Albert Square – I (Assume I) Know What I’m Doing – 2015

One of my favorite writers, Italo Calvino, gave a lecture in the late 80’s looking back on his body of work. He saw a theme of “lightness,” which he tried to define as something not quite like levity or flippancy, but like getting the same impact out of removing things as you do by adding […]

Caleb Caudle – Carolina Ghost – 2016

Caleb Caudle – Carolina Ghost – 2016

I think that a lot of music is hard to review. I know, I’ve been doing to for years, but that hasn’t made it any easier. Writing a review isn’t like talking a friend about about an album or chatting with your buddy who just dropped his new record on you. There’s something permanent about […]

The Harvest Thieves – Rival – 2016

The Harvest Thieves – Rival – 2016

These guys were a completely accidental discovery on Spotify and I couldn’t be happier about it. Usually the, so called, discovery feature on Spotify is fairly worthless, containing mostly stuff I’ve already heard and listen to on Spotify or stuff so old I can’t write about it. To be honest I rarely use it since […]

Hamilton – Original Broadway Cast Recording – 2015

Hamilton – Original Broadway Cast Recording – 2015

Buckle in, folks, because it’s about to get different up in here. In addition to my sometimes fanatical devotion to our mutt genre, I have a few other musical passions; namely, rap and musical theatre. Hamilton: An American Musical combines those passions with my healthy love of American history. Deep down, this makes a lot of sense. Needing […]

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Self Titled – 2015

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Self Titled – 2015

My introduction to Nathaniel Rateliff was the 2012 Revival Tour; I’d gone to see Cory Branan and Chuck Ragan, but the rest of the audience was there to see Laura Jane Grace (then Tom Gabel) and an impromptu Alkaline Trio reunion. I hadn’t expected Rateliff. Instead of a shouting folk set or a swaggering punk […]

Brent Best – Your Dog, Champ – 2015

Brent Best – Your Dog, Champ – 2015

Brent Best isn’t known for happy songs and Your Dog, Champ doesn’t break with that tradition. There are quite a few tracks on here that are downright dark and shouldn’t be listened in the depths of drinking alone at night. Honestly “Good Man Now” is pretty disturbing but it’s a testament to the strength of […]