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 one of my favourite artists and one I definitely don’t get to see enough (the list of which is exhaustive) and is one I’ve enjoyed growing up with from seeing in my first year at the White Water Tavern For Two Cow Garage 10th Anniversary to only last week in Sheffield.

The birth of Between The Moon And The Midwest has not been easy but thankfully it is finally available to the world. It is closer in sound to the straight ahead Stay Reckless but certainly isn’t going backwards. “The Flame” is rammed full of honky tonk piano, horns and flanged drums which show off Austin’s intention for the album. With Glossary’s Joey Kneiser, at the helm, there’s an organic feel to the album with swells of pedal steel and vocal harmonies. While the guitar playing on Austin’s albums have never been overly flashy, more complimentary, the guitar and steel work of Ricky White (who is time served through Edinburgh punks Oi Polloi) is allowed to sit beside the vocals and be equally melodic in its own right. Elsewhere, the dynamics shift up a notch with Lydia Loveless providing a counter-point to the narrator of “Wrong Side Of A Dream”.

This is Austin’s strongest work to date, and one that I’ve fallen in love with off the bat. I can’t recommend this album enough. Here at 9B, we are all about the songs even when the Nashville machine doesn’t. When this finally drops in the USA, you best make sure you pick it up! It earns its place in the Essential Listening here at 9B towers.

 

 

You can pre-order the vinyl or, if like me, you live in the EU you can order the CD.

 

Around The Web – Independence Day Edition

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Right out of the gate I’m going to just give you some Two Cow Garage as a celebration of the freedom granted to almost everyone by SCOCTUS (next up is recognition of polygamous marriage). I’ve posted what I think about the decision on FB and won’t belabor the point here, so let’s all just enjoy “Let The Boys Be Girls” for a minute…


800songsSomeone with way more CDO (That’s OCD in alphabetical order, the way it should be) created a set chronological playlists of 90’s alt/indie. Taken together these things are a 500+ minute pill to swallow! I once tried to just a top 100, arranged in some chronological order, for alt country and wanted to stab myself in the eyes before I was done. The dedication it takes to make an 800 track playlist is something I don’t have. I’m seriously not entirely sure whether I should be afraid, have a ton of respect, or recommend a good shrink! Whichever it is I am grateful to have the resource, even if I’m not sure I’ll put 500 hours in to completing. Thanks @naxuu, this is pretty cool!


And since this is a holiday weekend and none of you want to spend your time reading what I thought was cool on the web this week, I am closing this, admittedly short, Around The Web with something that was cool six years ago. I mentioned I found some old mix tape archives lying around, well this is one from the Lucero Message Board, circa 2009, our little Summer Mix Tape. It was certainly a good one!

The Fox Hunt – Better Than This (Lucero Cover)
“The boys recorded this for the long overdue Lucero tribute album..I heard them play this version when they were here playing Surf Bar on Folly Beach…took some cajoling but I got MK to send me the mp3…here it is.” – JacksonDavis

Lucero – Live 1/4/2002 – American Girl
“Sticking with the 4th of July theme. Just for fun.” – Boston Twang

Deer Tick – Born on Flag Day – Houston, TX
“The first song that jumped out at me on the new record. Haven’t decided what I think of the new record yet but I like this song.” – Plank10

Cory Branan – Ardent Studios recording – Karen’s Song
“I had never heard this prior to hearing it on the streaming file released by Rachel and The City when he was in studio earlier this year…cannot wait for his new album…he and Snodgrass kicked major ass in ATL and Savannah.” – JacksonDavis…thanks to Down South for the editing Wink

Ha Ha Tonka – Novel Sounds of The Nouveau South – Close Every Valve to Your Bleeding Heart
“Roaring out of the Ozarks with a bottle in one hand and a bible in the other” – ColoradoAlan

William Elliott Whitmore – Animals In The Dark – Old Devils
“My current favourite tune from my favourite album of the year to date.” – JacksonDavis

Hoots & Hellmouth – The Holy Open Secret – What Good Are Plowshares If We Use Them Like Swords
“There is something about this band I find deeply interesting. I can’t quite put my finger on it but whatever it is this song has it.” – Autopsy IV

The Only Sons – Steel Hearts – Lay Back Down
“This song is eerily relevant for a friends situation right now..” – ColoradoAlan

The Evening Rig – Is Doin’ Stuff – Goddamn, I Could Use A Drink
“If you haven’t listened to these guys yet, you probably should.” – algwalcz

Jon Snodgrass w/ Cory Branan – Alone and Distanced
“Too bad this isn’t being released on CD or digital download…but…I was able to pry this from someone who had been way late in getting Season 5 of The Wire back to me Cool” – JacksonDavis”

Two Cow Garage – Humble Narrator – Speaking in Cursive
“I’ve had this CD for a while but just REALLY started to listen to it, and this song was the first one I kept repeating. ” The sun has a way of making us pay for our revelry filled nights” Amen Brother.” – Hecticeyes

Chad Rex & The Victorstands – Songs to Fix Angels – Build a Rocket
“I only recently realized how good Chad Rex is. Besides, it’s the time of year for rockets.” – Boston Twang

Flogging Molly – Swagger – Salty Dog
“Irish punk rock is great and good for hanging out in the summer listening to full blast.” – Lennon Medvick

Michael Dean Damron – Father’s Day – Angels Fly Up
“It seems like I am always pimping this guy’s music and my work isn’t done until he’s got a platinum award on his wall…or something like that. Father’s Day is a strong contender for the Best of ’09 as far as I’m concerned. I can’t really pinpoint why this song means so much to me, but it affects me somewhere in the guts.” – Bone Machine

Austin Lucas – The Common Cold – Kith and Kin
“If you’ve only heard Austin’s new album, definitely check out The Common Cold. Yay for the upcoming tour with Two Cow!” – TheOtherBrit

The Lemonheads – Varshons – Waitin Around to Die
“Evan Dando revisits a Townes Van Zandt classic” – ColoradoAlan

Cheap Trick – The Latest – Sick Man Of Europe
“Of all the music from my childhood, Cheap Trick are the band that I still enjoy with the intensity of my youth. It’s good to know that they’re still out there plugging away and have a catalog much richer than the classic rock staples (I Want You To Want Me, Surrender, The Flame…). This tune is from their new one, lovingly entitled The Latest, and is further proof that Robin Zander has one of the finer voices in rock some 35 years into his career.” – Bone Machine

The Dexateens – Singlewide – Can You Whoop It
“If you like the Dexateens, keep an eye out for Arkadelphia, Lee Bains III’s new band. They’ve even more amazing!” – TheOtherBrit

Trampled by Turtles – Duluth – Empire
“These guys are one of my favorite bands that I’ve discovered because they were a Lucero opener. Go see them live if you get the chance.” Boston Twang

Matthew Dean Herman – Blackbird – Blackbird
“Fantastic debut album produced by Evan Phillips of The Whipsaws. RIYL: Drive-By Truckers” – Autopsy IV

Lyle Lovette – I Love Everybody – Fat Babies
“I’ve been on a Lyle Lovette kick lately. “I don’t like hippies and I don’t like cornbread.” I’m confused that he doesn’t like cornbread.” – Plank10

Ray LaMontagne – Gossip in the Grain – Let it Be Me
Submitted by corduroy

Uncle Tupelo – March 16-20 1994 – Moonshiner
Submitted by corduroy

Kingston Trio – We’ll Sing in The Sunshine
“A fun summertime sing-a-long…” – Nicole

Against Me! – As The Eternal Cowboy – You Look Like I Need Drink
“Against Me! has been my sound track all summer, and this is one of my favorites.” – Lennon Medvick

Former And Current 9B Editors on the Radio

Our very own Wolf was on the radio with former 9B writer and editor Charles Hale this week and this is what it sounded like:

Benchmarks – “American Night” – American Night
Two Cow Garage – “Continental Distance” – Continental Distance
Benjamin Booker – “Have You Seen My Son?” – Benjamin Booker
Adam Faucett – “Rock Ain’t Gold” – Blind Water Finds Blind Water
Gaslight Anthem – “Lonesome Sound” – The ’59 Sound
Kill County – “Straight Six Ford” – The Year Of Getting By
Michael Dean Damron – “Dancing In The Moonlight” – Father’s Day
Shane Sweeney – “Motel Blues” – The Finding Time
Robert Chaney – “The Morning After” – Cracked Picture Frames
Tim Barry – “No News From the North” – Lost & Rootless
Jason Isbell – “Something More Than Free” – Something More Than Free
Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil – “Waiting On You” – Catch the Presidents
Tyler Childers – “Charleston Girl” – Live At The Red Barn Vol. 1
Aaron Lee Tasjan – “Santa Monica & Vine” – The Thinking Man’s Filth
Arliss Nancy – “Front Seat” – Simple Machines
Langhorne Slim & The Law – “Past lives” – The Way We Move
Lilly Hiatt – “Jesus Would’ve Let Me Pick the Restaurant” – Royal Blue
The Killers – “Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf” – Sawdust
Against Me! – “F*** My Life 666” – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Austin Lucas – “Alone in Memphis” – Stay Reckless
John Moreland – “Sad Baptist Rain” – High On Tulsa Heat
Barton Carroll – “Every Little Bit Hurts” – Avery County, I’m Bound To You
Jamestown Revival – “revival” – Utah
Matt Woods – “Beating Down My Door” – Matt Woods Manifesto
Cory Branan – “No Hit Wonder” – No Hit Wonder
Glossary – “At midnight” – How We Handle Our Midnights
Lucero – “Hearts On Fire” – Live DVD
Drive By Truckers – “Daddy’s Cup” – The Dirty South
Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – “Dirt Track” – A Live Show

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit this was an excuse to post Charles’ podcast because it completely rocks and he’s pretty damn awesome. I know I miss his voice in the background of things around here. I’ve added his podcast to “Sites We Read” and hopefully you’ll all subscribe to it. There’s a lot worse things you could do with your time.

HOLIDAY HANGOUT 2014 ROAD REPORT

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This year’s celebration of Last Chance Records head honcho Travis Hill’s birthday, like every year, was also a celebration of life in general. The pins given out in the VIP package summed up the 2014 that so many of us had: ‘Hard Work And Plenty Of It’. I’m sure by now most of you who read this site have been inundated with Holiday Hangout 2014 tweets, photographs, or drunken text messages, and now that the event is over may be breathing a sigh of relief. But not so fast; I still have a few things to say.

The Holiday Hangout is much more than a simple concert, or mere festival: it’s a rock and roll family reunion. This year four 9bullets writers (Charles, RSV, Scott, and myself) gathered with dozens of our closest friends and sang our hearts out to our favorite bands. Those are the things you may have picked of from the never-ending Instagram updates from Little Rock that got less frequent and blurrier as the night, and weekend, went on. I want to tell you about a few things you may not have been able to perceive from over the internet. There may be some friends I made or artists who played that I don’t mention, and for that I apologize. I think every Holiday Hangout might require a novella (and spare liver) to cover adequately, but I have the time and space I have. What follows are the key moments, observations, and musings from my White Water Tavern nights this December:

  • Austin Lucas – Just as this year has been hard for some of us, it sounds like it’s been a hard year for the smooth-voiced Lucas as well. For his set (backed by his band The Bold Party), Austin pulled out all the stops to deliver a powerful rock and roll performance. He also played songs from his new record, which I’m already unbelievably excited for. Those songs have a distinctly more country feel than Stay Reckless, but their true defining quality is the incredible songwriting. Austin has always been a storyteller, but what was on display here was an attitude and clear-eyed determination pouring through his lyrics that I haven’t seen from him before. He also joined in with Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires for their barn-burner “Dirt Track”, and watching the passion with which he sang “Keep on working, keep it on the dirt track” was inspiring. Now is the time to pay attention to Austin Lucas.
  • John Moreland – Yes, yes, you know. John was amazing, and his new songs hit you in all the places you thought In The Throes had already thoroughly covered. It’s like Robin Hood hitting the bullseye with another arrow. The general consensus is that John’s mainsteam success is a matter of when, not if, and I for one am glad of it. John Moreland’s music comes straight, no chaser, and the rest of the world could use plenty of it.
  • Magic Mike – Some of you may be wondering who the magician hanging out with bands all the time is, and why he’s there. Go see his show and you’ll see. Mike loves these bands as much as any of us (he got Red Collar their first gig at the White Water years ago), and he knows how to show a crowd a good time. He also threw a knife at me. It was a good weekend.
  • Jkutchma and Red Collar – I was ill-prepared for seeing Red Collar. Last year JKutchma had to play two solo sets, an ice storm preventing the rest of the band from making the Hangout. I’d listened to Red Collar’s albums and liked their music, but wasn’t a new convert. This performance may have changed that. Red Collar is a powerful band, full of explosive energy and straight-to-the-point lyrics. Their fans, unconditionally devoted, were unbelievably excited to see the band and it showed in the messy, sweaty, almost conversational relationship between those on the stage and those in front of it. I spent the entirety of their set wanting to get to know the band’s music better so that I could take part in that relationship. JKutchma also played solo, and I can tell you this about his new songs: you want to hear them.
  • Two Cow Garage – This is the band that will not quit. Micah Schnabel and Shane Sweeney keep turning out new songs that are as catchy as they are visceral, lyrically potent, emotionally charged. When you see them on stage you cannot doubt that they mean every word they say. The musicianship and energy of their drummer, David Murphy, have propelled them to a new sonic plane (which I think is a D&D thing, actually). You would hardly recognize some of their older songs the way they play them now, and all the change is for the better. Micah and Shane both played new songs during their solo sets, and demonstrated the range of their songwriting. Two Cow Garage is not a peanut butter/chocolate situation, folks: these are two men who have been writing songs for years, managing to grow both on their own and together as a band. It’s a wonder to behold. And speaking of peanut butter, for their full band set they were joined on guitar by 9bullets reader favorite Todd Farrell, and speaking of Todd Farrell…
  • Todd FarrellIt’s hard when your friends make music. First off, what if it isn’t good? Second off, what if you think it’s good but that’s just because you’re friends and the rest of the world hates it and your friend has to become an insurance salesman? Well after the Holiday Hangout I can safely say neither of those cases are true for our friend Todd Farrell. In addition to playing guitar for Two Cow, Todd also played solo at the Arkansas Record Exchange In-Store show (trading his guitar off with Austin Lucas), and one song on Sunday at the demand of Micah Schnabel. The response that Todd received, not just from the crowd but from his fellow musicians, was incredibly heartening. You could see the bonds forming, the songwriters nodding to each other over a clever turn of phrase, laughter and applause mid-song from a crowd on the edges of their proverbial seats because they were seeing something new. The first night of the Hangout, Todd was walking up the stairs at the White Water as Otis Gibbs, grey-bearded bastion of folk, was walking down them. They stopped at the landing and spoke with each other for a few minutes, I have no idea about what. But then they shook hands and they headed their separate ways. That moment felt important to witness.

So there you have it, my take on this year’s Holiday Hangout. Thanks to everyone at the White Water who made it happen, everyone who played, everyone who went and sang and shouted and danced and swore and shook. All we have to do to get to the next one is make it through another year.

Here’s a video of Micah Schnabel, Brent Best, David Murphy, Todd Farrell, Joey Kneiser, Ben Nichols, John Moreland, Travis Hill, and Shane Sweeney playing “Like A Rolling Stone”. If you have to skip past the first three minutes of laughter and terrible jokes because Shane forgot to plug his guitar in, that’s what you have to do. But I don’t recommend it.

If you like the picture above be sure to check out Melissa Brawner Photography, who took some AMAZING photographs that you may just want to buy a print of, as did Carra Martin!

Did you have any favorite moments this Holiday Hangout, or questions about the shows? Leave a comment and let’s talk! Or hit us up on Twitter, @Real9Bullets!

[Playlist] Ajax Diner Book Club – 8.11.14 – KRFC Ft. Collins CO

Shovels & Rope “The Devil is All Around” from Swimmin’ Time

Otis Gibbs “Ghosts Of Our Fathers” from Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth

Benjamin Booker “Violent Shiver” from Benjamin Booker

J Roddy Walston & the Business “Full Growing Man” from J Roddy Walston & the Business

Hayes Carll “Arkansas Blues” from Flowers & Liquor

Spirit Family Reunion “On That Day” from No Separation

Alejandro Escovedo “I Was Drunk” from Bourbonitis Blues

Devil Makes Three “Car Wreck” from Do Wrong Right

Austin Lucas “Alone In Memphis” from Stay Reckless

Charlie Parr “Jesus Is A Hobo” from Barnswallow

Possessed By Paul James “Sweet But Bitter Life” from There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely

Cory Branan “Missing You Fierce” from No Hit Wonder

Playlist – Ajax Diner Book Club 6/30/14 KRFC Ft Collins CO

Austin Lucas “Alone In Memphis” from Stay Reckless

Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound “I’ve Got Her” from Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound

Low Anthem “Home I’ll Never Be” from Oh My God Charlie Darwin

Steve Earle “To Live Is To Fly” from Townes

Sturgill Simpson “Living The Dream” from Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

Two Cow Garage “Van Gogh” from The Death Of The Self Preservation Society

Secret Sisters “Rattle My Bones” from Put Your Needle Down

Blue Mountain “Generic America” from Homegrown

Willie Nelson “The Git Go” from Band of Brothers

Wilders “Hey Little Darlin” from Someone’s Got To Pay

Lucero “Hey Darlin’ Do You Gamble” from 1372 Overton Park

Lake Street Dive “Bad Self Portraits” from BAD SELF PORTRAITS

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 11.09.2013 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

For the firs time ever we took the show on the road this weekend. It was weird and I was a little uncomfortable but the music was spot on. So, locate a free 2 hours and put some earholes on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for November 09, 2013 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Sunday Valley – All The Pretty Colors (To The Wind and On To Heaven)
02. White Trash Blues Revival – She Don’t Care (Now Honey, Now Baby, Now Listen…)
03. Husky Burnette – Highway 41 (Tales From East End Blvd.)
04. Scott H. Biram – Sinkin’ Down (Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever)
05. McDougall – Ready, Begin (A Few Towns More)
06. Lincoln Durham – Beautifully Sewn, Violently Torn (Exodus of the Deemed Unrighteous)
07. The Dexeteens – Sunsphere (Sunsphere EP)
08. John Moreland & The Dust Bowl Souls – Low (Everything the Hard Way)
09. Valerie June – Wanna Be On Your Mind (Pushin’ Against A Stone)
10. Drive By Truckers – My Sweet Annette (Decoration Day)
11. Chuck Ragan – Nomad by Fate (Covering Ground)
12. Todd Farrell – My Currency is Doubt (All My Heroes Live In Vans)
13. Chris Knight – Nothing On Me (Little Victories)
14. The Fox Hunt – i’ll drink cheap (Long Way To Go)
15. Tim Barry – (Memento Mori) (28th & Stonewall)
16. Frank Turner – Photosynthesis (Last Minutes & Lost Evenings)
17. Possessed By Paul James – Sweet But Bitter Life (There WIll Be Nights When I Am Lonely)
18. Arliss Nancy – Benjamin (Wild American Runners)
19. Lucero – The Closer You Get (High Cotton)
20. Andrew Combs – Emily
21. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House – Mayberry (Mayberry)
22. Have Gun Will Travel – Standing at the End of the World (Fiction, Fact or Folktale?)
23. Two Cow Garage – Hey Cinderella (Death of the Self Preservation Society)
24. The Builders And The Butchers – Dirt In The Ground (Western Medicine)
25. Brother Paul – Never Ending Dream (Brother Paul)
26. Matt Woods – Deadman’s Blues
27. Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Do Me Right (Untamed Beast)
28. Austin Lucas – So Much More Than Lonely (Stay Reckless)
29. The Vansaders – End of the Line (Stuck In New York City)
30. Drag The River – History With History (Drag The River)
31. The Whiskey Gentry – Holly Grove (Holly Grove)
32. Hellbound Glory – The Feud

Bold = Request

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Episode 149: aired 11.09.2013

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 08.31.2013 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

What a rough day. Every electronic device I had was in full rebellion. That said, we managed to get through the show and even got some good tunage in. In the play list strikes your fancy carve out 2 hours for the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for August 31, 2013 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. The Ergs! – Stinking of Whiskey Blues
02. Holly Williams – Waiting On June (The Highway)
03. Hurray For The Riff Raff – People Talkin’ (My Dearest, Darkest Neighbor)
04. Rachel Brooke – Ashes To Ashes (A Killer’s Dream)
05. Left Lane Cruiser – Electrify (Rock Them Back To Hell)
06. North Mississippi Allstars – Shake Em On Down (Shake Hands With Shorty)
07. Black Joe Lewis – Come To My Party (Electric Slave)
08. Have Gun Will Travel – Take Me Home, Alice (Fiction, Fact or Folktale?)
09. Justin Townes Earle – Lone Pine Hill (The Good Life)
10. Chris Knight – Carla Came Home (The Jealous Kind)
11. Valerie June – Wanna Be On Your Mind (Pushin’ On A Stone)
12. John Paul Keith – New Year’s Eve (Memphis Circa 3AM)
13. Cory Call (Arliss Nancy) – Greenwood (PV Undercover)
14. Jon Snodgrass – Splendid Isolation (PV Undercover)
15. John Moreland – Gospel (In The Throes)
16. Amazing Rhythm Aces – The End Is Not In Sight (Stacked Deck/Too Stuffed To Jump)
17. Austin Lucas – So Much More Than Lonely (Stay Reckless)
18. Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil – She Has Her Moments (Catch The Presidents)
19. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House – Mayberry (Mayberry)
20. McDougall – Ready, Begin (A Few Towns More)
21. Todd May – Alphabet City (Rickerbacker Girls)
22. Glossary – Almsgiver (The Better Angels Of Our Nature)
23. Doc Feldman & the LD50 – Bless This Mess (Sundowning The Station)
24. Counting Crows – Good Time (Hard Candy)
25. Micah Schnabel – American Static (When The Stage Lights Go Dim)
26. The Takers – Social Smoker (Taker Easy)
27. Truckstop Coffee – 16 Ounces (For Dear Life)
28. Lincoln Durham – Living This Hard (The Shovel Vs. The Howling Bones)
29. The White Buffalo – BB Guns and Dirtbikes (Once Upon A Time In The West)
30. Frank Turner – The Road (Last Minutes & Lost Evenings)
31. FSU Marching Chiefs – FSU War Chant

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Episode 139: aired 08.31.2013

AUSTIN LUCAS – STAY RECKLESS

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If someone asked me what Americana sounded like I could simply hand them a copy of Stay Reckless. It has all the elements that make up the genre that encompasses most of the music we write about ’round these parts. It opens with a great rock `n’ roll riff and takes us on a journey through country, folk, bluegrass, and even punk influences while Austin shares his life with us. With 9B favorites Glossary as his band on this one, the music couldn’t be any tighter and I can’t think of a way that this record could sound any better. As far as I’m concerned it defines Americana better than any other single album in the past decade. In short this is one damn near perfect record from start to finish.

At its heart this is a break up album. Penned mostly during his marriage falling apart and the inevitable aftermath, these songs may be some of the most personal to come from Austin yet and folks that’s saying something. Having been through a divorce myself some of these songs cut deep. I’ll be honest with you, I can’t listen to “Rings” if I’ve had more than two whiskeys, at least not without breaking down and crying. The really scary part is that that’s not even the most intense track on the record. “Splinters” has made me tear up just driving at night and is my favorite track, how could it not be with the Meatloaf references taking me back to the winter of 1989. I love all of Austin’s work but this is by far the album I can relate to the most.

I hope I am not giving the impression that Stay Reckless is all sad bastard songs; it’s most assuredly not! Even with the shitty circumstances that birthed this album Austin manages to thread some hope through the damn thing and not wallow in his misery as some folks are wont to do. Taking something as personal as a divorce, turning it in to lyrics, and then putting out there for the world to experience takes a lot bigger balls than I have. To turn it in to Essential Listening without it being a pity party takes a fucking helluva lot of talent. So thank you Mr. Lucas for sharing yourself with us. We are better for it.

Austin Lucas – Rings
Austin Lucas – Different Shade Of Red
Austin Lucas – Splinters

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As an aside, if you haven’t seen Austin Lucas and Glossary play together you ain’t been livin’! It’s a seven course meal for the soul.

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 08.24.2013 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

New Left Lane Cruiser, new Drag The River, new Deer Tick, new White Buffalo, new Mat. D…..some Arliss, Frank Turner, Austin Lucas, Moreland, Lucero and some other stuff. Sound good? Then carve out 2 hours for the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for August 24, 2013 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Pinebelt Pickers – Halloween Beer Keg (Magnolia State Of Mind)
02. Old Crow Medicine Show – Hotel in Memphis (Tennessee Pusher)
03. Frank Turner – Tell Tale Signs (Tape Deck Heart)
04. Counting Crows – Good Time (Hard Candy)
05. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Boom Magalina Hagalina Boom (Cipher)
06. Arliss Nancy – The Crease (Simple Machines)
07. Austin Lucas – So Much More Than Lonely (Stay Reckless)
08. Left Lane Cruiser – Juice To Get Loose (Rock Them Back To Hell)
09. American Aquarium – Cape Fear River (Burn.Flicker.Die)
10. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House – Mayberry (Mayberry)
11. Glossary – Save Your Money For The Weekend (Feral Fire)
12. Deer Tick – The Curtain (Negativity)
13. Mat D and the Profane Saints – Carry me to Canaan (Holyoke)
14. Slaid Cleaves – Still Fighting The War (Still Fighting The War)
15. The White Buffalo – Joey White (Shadows, Greys and Evil Ways)
16. Lucero – The War (Nobody’s Darlin’s)
17. Have Gun Will Travel – Take Me Home, Alice (Fiction, Fact or Folktale?)
18. Joe Pug – How Good You Are (Messenger)
19. John Moreland – Gospel (In The Throes)
20. J. Kutchma – Something Got In The Way (Sundown, USA)
21. Doc Feldman & the LD50 – Battle Hymn (Sundowning At The Station)
22. Jason Isbell – Traveling Alone (Southeastern)
23. Pokey LaFarge – The Devil Ain’t Lazy (Pokey LaFarge)
24. Rachel Brooke – Ashes To Ashes (A Killer’s Dream)
25. Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Write Me A Letter (Dirty Radio)
26. Jake Bugg – Trouble Town (Jake Bugg)
27. Drag The River – Marooned (Drag The River EP)
28. Wade Bowen – Trucks (single)
29. Valerie June – Workin’ Woman Blues (Pushin’ Against A Stone)
30. Sordid Humor – Gun Man (Light Music For Dying People)

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Episode 138: aired 08.24.2013