Austin Lucas‘ new album, A New Home In The Old World, is set to come out on April 4 and last night the preorder for the album went live. A New Home In The Old World finds Austin with a complete band and, while I have not heard the whole album yet, terms like “genre changer” are being tossed out by friends of mine that have heard it.

Hopefully, I’ll get an idea of what’s to come in two weeks when we all convene in Austin, Texas for the annual shock and awe liver assault that is SxSW since Austin will be playing the Saturday version of the SxSW Day Party.

For now, I can offer an appetizer in the form of these two tracks from the new album:

Austin Lucas – Darkness Out Of Me
Austin Lucas – Thunder Rail


Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog that airs every Thursday night in Tampa, Florida on WMNF 88.5 FM at 10pm Eastern. The show is archived for one week after it’s original air date and is available for streaming here. Below is the playlist for March 03, 2011.

  1. Todd Snider – Is This Thing Working?
  2. Otis Gibbs – The People’s Day
  3. Chet O’Keefe – Take Me To The Liquor Store
  4. Whitey Morgan & The ’78’s – I Ain’t Drunk
  5. Lucero – Drink Till We’re Gone
  6. Shooter Jennings – Hair of the Dog
  7. Austin Lucas – Darkness Out Of Me
  8. Grayson Capps – Ol’ Slac
  9. Have Gun Will Travel – Sons & Daughters of the Guilded Age
  10. Hellbound Glory – Why Take The Pain
  11. Left Lane Cruiser – Pig Farm
  12. James Leg – Drowning In Fire
  13. Builders and the Butchers – All Away
  14. Strawfoot – Cursed Neck
  15. Old Crow Medicine Show – Tell It To Me


While it won’t carry the same sweeping disdain that Dylan going electric did it was still quite the surprise when I pressed play on Austin Lucas‘ new song “Thunder Rail” and heard electric guitars.

I’m not sure if this new track is representative of the overall sound of the new record but if it is, having seen Austin backed by Two Cow Garage before, my excitement level is creeping up more than a few notches.

Austin Lucas – Thunder Rail

Austin’s new album, A New Home In The Old World, is scheduled to be released worldwide on April 5 via Last Chance Records. Austin will be in Austin next month with Drag The River and Joey Cape for the annual pilgrimage to SxSW. Later this summer he’ll also be out on the Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour.


LOL. That “exclusive” shit is douchey as fuck ain’t it. I promise it was totally tongue in cheek.


Two and change years ago, on a chilly rainy Saturday afternoon in Denver, a collection of people in town for the Suburban Home Anniversary Party sat in the front lobby of Suburban Home’s office watching the likes of Micah Schnabel, Austin Lucas, Tim Barry, Shane Sweeny and Devon Stuart pass around a single acoustic guitar, telling fish stories and singing songs. In the midst of all of this, this little guy takes the guitar, explains the inspiration behind the song and begins to sing. I was frozen. I wanted to pull out my camera and record the song for 9B but I didn’t wanna ruin my experience so others could watch shaky video.

That little guy was Josh Small. The song was, in my mind, from there on out called “The Barker Song.” I talked to him that afternoon and he said he was working on a new record. Once I got home I immediately bought his albums and started searching for “The Barker Song” which was nowhere to be found. Naturally, I assumed it was gonna be on his soon to be released new album.

Two and change years later we’re finally seeing said new album and yes “The Barker Song” is on the album only now, it’s named “Hakuna Matata” but it’s no less amazing.

I told you that entire story so you’d know that I’m posting this song cause I want to and I believe in it, not just to curry favor with a label. Josh’s new album, Juke, will be available on Suburban Home Records soon but today it is my distinct pleasure to be the first person to play “Hakuna Matata” for you.


(AIV Note: This was supposed to be posted yesterday but my dumb ass forgot to upload the podcast to the server. Der, I iz full of forgets….anyhow, enjoy.)

Well, it might be a new year and I might have a radio show now but nothing really changes when it comes to the podcast. It starts nice enough and you might even be able to hear some improvement gleaned from doing a weekly radio show but it quickly devolves into a ½ drunk foul mouthed typical podcast. Don’t let that deter you though. While my speech and self-censoring abilities may erode over the hour the music fucking slays and that’s what you’re here for, right?

This month show is plumb full of new music. We got new songs from The Only Sons, Kasey Anderson, Social D, The Decemberists, Frank Turner and Two Cow Garage. We also bookended this show with Michael Claytor. We open the show with a track from his solo album, We Have An Elephant and we close the show with an absolutely beautiful song from Austin Lucas which features Michael playing some fine banjo and harmonies. And, if all of that wasn’t pushing your awesome meter to it’s threshold of pain, we even managed to mix in a track from Danzig’s new album and it fits. PLAM! Top that It Burns When I Pee….the gauntlet has been laid down.

Well folks, that’s it. Another month in the can and I hope y’all like it. If you do, could you please, please, please post something about it on twitter, facebook and whatever cutting edge social network I am oblivious to? Every mention of this will expose these artists to someone who’s never heard of them and that’s what we’re looking for.

Track Listing:

  1. Michael Claytor & His Friends – Hairpins [00.00.00]
  2. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.05.04]
  3. The Only Sons – Temptation [00.06.24]
  4. Kasey Anderson – The Wrong Light [00.09.55]
  5. Danzig – The Revengeful [00.14.07]
  6. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.18.02]
  7. Social Distortion – Machine Gun Blues [00.20.07]
  8. Lucero – Sing Me No Hymns [00.23.45]
  9. Autopsy V Commentary [00.27.37]
  10. The Decemberists – Down By The Water [00.30.00]
  11. Frank Turner – I Still Believe [00.33.37]
  12. Two Cow Garage – My Great Gatsby [00.37.20]
  13. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.40.25]
  14. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House – Bad Days Ahead [00.42.10]
  15. Tim Barry – (memento mori) [00.46.22]
  16. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – This Land Is Our Land (Redux) [00.49.25]
  17. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.53.37]
  18. Austin Lucas – Sleep Well [00.56.30]


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Live at the Whitewater Tavern

If you haven’t seen Austin play live then go buy yourself a copy of this album. The production quality is excellent for a live show and Austin’s voice is amazing as always. What you get with this rather than the studio albums is the rawness of a live show. The backup singers, the different tempo of the songs and the feeling of almost being there. Of course everyone that frequents our little corner of the web knows I love Austin and his music. This album is every bit as good as his studio albums and is a must have for any Austin fan. I wish there was more to say about it but it’s an Austin Lucas album and that should tell you all you need to fucking know. It’s better than good, it’s damn amazing.

Buy the MP3 version of Live at the Whitewater Tavern
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Austin Lucas – Sleep Well
Austin Lucas – Somebody Loves You
Austin Lucas – Sun or Snow

Austin Lucas’ official website
Austin Lucas on Twitter
Austin Lucas on Facebook


As you all know I am prone to sing the praises of Mr. Lucas so I was excited when Collection came out and was itching to write about it. Then I apparently lost my damn mind and never put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard with the mind to inform folks that this album is way more than a few rough cuts and lesser known tracks. While Collection is comprised of songs off of Austin’s release At War With The Freak Folk (which was originally the demos that would become Somebody Loves You), tracks from splits with three other artists, a Dolly Parton cover and one new song it’s way more than a collection of rarities for hardcore fans. Austin has a quality to his music such that even the raw tracks off of the demo aren’t just gems for a collector. In fact I would venture to say that if you gave this album to someone and didn’t tell them that the first six tracks were originally demo tracks they would never even know.

Every track on this one is great but a couple stand out more than the others. Austin’s cover of To Daddy makes me tear up even if I haven’t been drinking whiskey. He takes that Dolly Parton tune and makes it truly his own. If you have never heard the Dolly version then you need to hear it first because if you listen to Austin’s version first then Dolly’s just doesn’t have much of an effect. Wild Boar is the other track that gets stuck in my head way too easily off of this one. This one brings to mind a different time with different values as it tells the old Appalachian story of Bangum and the boar in a way that only Austin could have interpreted it. While on the surface this may seem like a collection of previously released tracks it’s much more than that. This is truly a case of the sum being greater than the whole of the parts. It’s a damn fine record and as sure as Houston is hot in August it’s Essential Listening.

Austin Lucas – She Did
Austin Lucas – Wild Boar
Austin Lucas – To Daddy

Austin Lucas Collection – Stream and buy @ Suburban Home Records
Austin Lucas – Official Website
Austin Lucas on MySpace


Put The Needle Down

With Austin Lucas’s Collection coming out this week it’s time for an Intro. For your listening pleasure 9B presents: Put The Needle Down (an Intro to Austin Lucas). For someone who’s only been around for a little while Austin has quite a few records under his belt. For the intro I think I covered everything released under his name except the European only vinyl At War With Freak Folk which I do not have. However, all but two of the tracks were released on Somebody Loves You and the two that weren’t are on the forthcoming Collection. Aside from Somebody Loves You I chose tracks from Putting The Hammer Down, The Common Cold, Bristle Ridge which was Chuck Ragan along with Austin, as well as his split with The Takers to round out fourteen of what I think are not necessarily the best Austin Lucas tracks but the best tracks to represent his musical stylings, amazing vocals, and timeless lyrical ability.

Track Archive

Suburban Home Records Artist Page for Austin Lucas
Austin Lucas’s Official Site
Austin Lucas on Wikipedia

EDIT: Austin has just hit the road on a new tour. If he’s coming to your neck of the woods go check him out. Here are the dates:

Jun 4 Atlantic, Gainesville, FL
Jun 5 Village, Tavern Mount Pleasant, SC
Jun 6 Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC
Jun 7, House show, Richmond, VA (email: for more info)
Jun 8 The Fire, Philadelphia, PA
Jun 9, Bar Nine, New York City, NY
Jun 10 Great Scott, Boston, MA
Jun 11 The Acheron, Brooklyn, New York
Jun 12 Googie’s Lounge upstairs at The Living Room, New York, NY
Jun 14 Chez Baptiste, Montréal, Québec
Jun 15 Sneaky Dees, Toronto, ON
Jun 16 Mansion House, St Catharines, ON
Jun 17 Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa, ON
Jun 18 The Grist Mill, Waterloo, Ontario
Jun 19 Mac’s Bar, Lansing, MI
Jun 20 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Jun 22 The Bishop, Bloomington, Indiana
Jun 23 Ronny’s, Chicago, IL
Jun 24 Mad Planet, Milwaukee, WI
Jun 25 Triple Rock, Minneapolis, MN
Jun 26 Manitoba, Canada
Jun 28 Slice, Lethbridge, AB,
Jun 29 The Haven Social Club, Edmonton, AB Jun 30 Sled Island Festival, Calgary, Alberta
Jul 1 Sled Island Festival, Calgary, Alberta
Jul 2 Sled Island Festival, Calgary, Alberta
Jul 6 the Can Can, Seattle, WA
Jul 7 White Eagle, Portland, OR
Jul 8 White Eagle, Portland, OR
Jul 10 Bombay’s, Redding, CA
Jul 11 Thee Parkside, San Francisco, CA
Jul 12 Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, CA
Jul 14 Hi-Dive, Denver, CO
Jul 15 Triple Nickel, Colorado Springs, CO
Jul 16 Vale, CO
Jul 17 Bike Doctor, Missoula, MT


When I was growing up I spent my summers on my grandparent’s land in Arkansas. To this day it’s the only set of directions I know how to give that includes “…after the paved road ends keep going 5 miles…”. I have mixed memories of my time there to be honest. I guess it’s one part of my childhood that refused to be romanticized. Some of the memories are amazing: pig roasts, ice cream socials, hanging out on the Tinsley’s farm down the road, hiding cigarettes in the chapel at the cemetery, drinking from a spring coming straight out the hillside, and much more. But there’s an underlying set of memories that I won’t go into here that make thinking back on those formidable years less than pleasant when you add the right amount of whiskey and being alone.

Somewhere in the back of my mind there has always been a sort of soundtrack to these summers. Some of it heavy metal because that’s what we listened to back then but some it is a wafting, soulful, folky sort of mountain music. I have never been able to put my finger on exactly what it sounds like until I played this album. Austin Lucas’s voice, rising and falling, along with the fiddles has, after all these years, given the soundtrack of part of formidable years a voice it has never had.

To look at Austin, especially his MySpace pics, you would expect to be able to use the words “dulcet tones” to describe anything he would sing. But judging this book by it’s cover would be a huge mistake. His vocals are amazing and easily transport the listener to a different time and place. It’s easy to hearken back to my summers in the hills of Arkansas and almost feel the evening begin to cool, sitting on the dock with a fishing pole in the water not caring whether the perch bite or not.

Look at that I’ve done gone all sentimental. Don’t get me wrong this album isn’t only for boys who spent their summers in the hills. With lyrics like “I shall lay my head on the shoulders of great men and live my life ’til honest end” there is something here for everyone. Between Austin’s voice, his songwriting, and his picking there is nothing lacking on this album. His sister, Chloe Manor, dropping in to harmonize takes some of the songs to a place one shouldn’t go with too much whiskey in their system. Any single one of these aspects would have made this a decent album but with them all combined the album is an outpouring of soulful melodies that touch on many themes and dive into depths most albums don’t reach. I could go on for a couple more paragraphs but I think it’s time to let the music speak for itself..

Austin Lucas – Shoulders
Austin Lucas – Resting Place
Austin Lucas – Life I’ve Got


Suburban Home Records Artist Page for Austin Lucas – This is where you go buy his music
Austin Lucas’s Official Site


Making the post of the Revival tour reminded me that I needed to mention the upcoming Chuck Ragan and Austin Lucas collaborative effort, Bristle Ridge.

While on a West Coast swing Jon Gaunt and Chuck teamed up with Austin, Austin’s father Bob and fiddler Digger Barnes on a hilltop in Ohio and recorded the whole thing. Featuring 3 Ragan originals, 3 Lucas originals, 3 Ragan/Lucas collaborations, 1 Bob Lucas original and 2 traditional tunes it is a record that needs to be heard. When Chuck mentioned the album he said, “the entire record has a very strong sense of bluegrass, folk and old time gospel with a certain feel of exactly where we were and what was going on when we layed it down” and I couldn’t agree more. You can pre-order it on Chuck’s web site. I imagine we’ll hear a few of these tracks in September.

Chuck Ragan and Austin Lucas – Bloody Shells
Chuck Ragan and Austin Lucas – Cold Night
Chuck Ragan and Austin Lucas – Darling Corey

EDIT: The album is also available digitally on iTunes and Amazon