It all started with The Dirty South. From the first chord of “Where the Devil Don’t Stay” all the way through “Goddamn Lonely Love”, Drive By Truckers reintroduced me to a type of music I hadn’t heard since I was a little kid listening to Skynyrd on KBER 101, Salt Lake’s Best Classic Rock.
Work and divorce led me to Texas. I met this lady from Little Rock and was soon making a weekly trip to the Natural State. Needing some music for the drive I stopped into a record store outside of Dallas that no longer exists. I bought 3 CD’s, the latest from Old 97’s because they were from Dallas, Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze and Drive By Truckers The Dirty South because I’d read an article that said they were good and the cover art was fantastic.
I immediately dug deeper into DBT’s catalog after becoming obsessed with The Dirty South. Southern Rock Opera had gotten the most press back then and it is, undoubtedly, great. But Decoration Day remains by favorite DBT record after all these years. “My Sweet Annette”, “Outfit”, “When the Pin hits the Shell”. Three stellar songwriters all at the top of their game. It was all just perfect.
My desire to discover anything and everything I could online about my new favorite band lead me to stumble upon ninebullets.net. It is not an understatement for me to say ninebullets changed my life. My eyes were opened to so much great music that I simply never would have discovered had it not been for 9B and, later, Nine Bullets Radio on wmnf.org in Tampa. If I was forced to list my top ten favorite musical artists I’m very sure at least seven of them I wouldn’t have known about them without ninebullets.net.
My musical tastes are similar to many that read the site and listen to the radio show: Lucero, John Moreland, American Aquarium, Matt Woods, Scott H. Biram and so many more are all artists I love. I also unabashedly adore Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Hold Steady, but those aren’t the type of reviews I will offer on 9B. I am cognizant of the mission of the site and won’t let my alternative/indie rock tendencies seep in too often.
Before signing off for now I’d like to sincerely thank RomeoSidVicious for letting me contribute to 9B. I humbled and thankful. And of course, the biggest thanks of all to Autopsy IV for creating 9B. I’m not sure, AIV, you had any idea how big this whole thing would get when you created it years ago but I know I’ve met a lot of people, made some good friends, and seen a lot of killer shows I never would have had I not bought a Drive By Truckers CD on a whim all those years ago.