For the next 5 days I am gonna repost the pieces I did on my 5 favorite albums of the year. I’m not saying these are the 5 best albums of the year. I haven’t heard the bulk of what’s in most magazine’s and web sites top 10 list. Instead, I am just writing about my 5 favorite albums this year. I hope y’all enjoy it. I’ll be posting my favorite album tomorrow. Now, without further ado:

ninebullets.net 5 favorite albums of the year, #2: The Legendary Shackshakers – Swampblood

Had this album come out earlier in the year it very well may have been named my favorite album of the year. LSS finish off their Tentshow Trilogy (Believe, Pandelirium, Swampblood) with their best effort to date. Couple that with a new drummer who as added an extra level of energy to their stage show and you have a recipe for world domination. My love for LSS is well documented in the ninebullets archives so I am just gonna repost the original piece:

Lock up your daughters and cover up your wives! Those Legendary ShackShakers are crawling out of the swamp with their third and final installment in their “Tentshow Trilogy” series. A final installment that might be the best album they have ever released. Inspired by the good Colonel J.D. Wilkes’ new home somewhere in West Kentucky, Swampblood embraces a toned down more-blues/less-polka sound for much of the album. Longtime fans need not worry, there is still plenty dirty harmonica-fied, amped to 11, dixie-core there to appease you, however, this album seems to show just how talented these four guys really are. The first time my wife listened to the cd she said, “It’s like they finally decided to be great instead of just awesome.” That’s as good a way to put it as any. From the opening banjo of “Dawn” that gives way to the thump of Mark Robertson’s stand-up bass, spiced with that harmonica of “Old Spur Line,” you can tell things, while familiar, are just a little different this time around. Lyrically, well…I’ll just quote J.D. on that one:

Lyrically speaking, Swampblood lures you into a whole new realm of southern gothic goings-on. It is a cruel place, populated by three-legged dogs, lynch mobs and fallen forests…lustful angels, bloodthirsty hill-folk, and the bloated bodies of beached bovines.

Waterlogged corpses bob in the flooded streets of yore…crossed-eyed grannies pluck tuneless banjers…pigs run around with no clothes on.

Oddly enough, much of the lyrical reportage of Swampblood is based in truth. That’s the scary part. The local legends I was told as a troubled kid are passed on like some weird mix of classic oral tradition and primal scream therapy…The Brothers Grimm meet Sigmund Freud.

And it is that very penchant for words that you see above that makes his songs so god damned much fun…

So, you’ve heard of the Shack Shakers and you’ve read about the glorious pandemonium that is a Shack Shaker show, but you’ve never actually *heard* the Shack Shakers? Well, this is as good a time as any to jump into the greasy cesspool that is THE Legendary Shack Shakers. Not only are you gonna hear what might be their best album to date….you may be listening to the best album of 2007.

The Legendary Shack Shakers – Old Spur Line
The Legendary Shack Shakers – Swampblood
The Legendary Shack Shakers – Hellwater

The Legendary Shack Shakers Official Site, LSS on myspace, Buy Swampblood

For the next 5 days I am gonna repost the pieces I did on my 5 favorite albums of the year. I’m not saying these are the 5 best albums of the year. I haven’t heard the bulk of what’s in most magazine’s and web sites top 10 list. Instead, I am just writing about my 5 favorite albums this year. I hope y’all enjoy it. I’ll be posting my favorite album on December 28. Now, without further ado:

ninebullets.net 5 favorite albums of the year, #3: Two Cow Garage – Three

If I was gonna do a “song of the year” award there is no doubt that Two Cow’s song, “Should’ve California”, would have won it walking away. Even if I was trying, there is nothing bad I could say about these guys or their 2007 effort. Had they come to Tampa in 2007 they probably would have won show of the year. They are currently in the process of recording a new album set to be released somewhere in the middle of 2008 which will hopefully bring their version of the rock show back to Tampa. If these guys can stay together I have a hard seeing how they won’t be one of the next big things in the whole rock/alt./cow-punk soundscape. Especially now that they have the backing of Suburban Home.

Here is my original piece on Three:


Two Cow Garage is a band I can root for… three completely awesome guys who write completely awesome rock music and play it with everything in them, regardless of the size of the crowd behind the monitors. If you can’t get behind that, then I dunno why you would even bother to read this backwoods corner of the internets.
Back in December I named Three as one of my most anticipated albums of 2007, so when it leaked to the internet I couldn’t resist the download temptation(1). I am happy to report my anticipation did not turn to disappointment … quite the contrary: this CD makes a beeline for my essential listening list.The signature Two Cow rock sound is in there: still brash, still loud, still walking the tight-wire between punk and alt.country . With this album, the band shows a maturity or perhaps a jadedness that the previous two did not. Yes, there are still the signature “growing up in a hick town and girl that got away” songs on the disc. Yes, they are fantastic. Shane’s growl on “Blaket Grey” and Micha’s story line in “Arson” are great, but there is a new element of wisdom in this CD. Seems to me there have been a lot of dusty miles, missed rent payments, strained relationships and “Am I doing the right thing?” contemplation between the previous The Wall Against Our Backs and this new CD, Three.

The band’s apparent ‘seasoning’ seems to have added just the right amount of a jaded temperament to their songs to really push them over the top; and my favorite tracks from the disc reflect it. “Postcards and Apologies” delves into how easily one can become a self-centered prick when there isn’t anyone around willing to call you out. “Should’ve California”, my current fave track, has Micah wondering about the things that could have been, had he chosen a different path in life … instead of “wasting all of his time in these basement bars in this rock and roll band”. His angst comes to a head in “No Shame”, when Micah laments that “things have never been worse”… a line you can imagine being written over a bowl aramen noodles while his current girlfriend is bitching about his constant absence. While he is right, there is no shame in just giving up and walking away. As a fan, I would have to say it would be a shame.

Two Cow has all the makings of a great band. I don’t feel I am typing hyperbole when I say they have the talent and band chemistry to be the next Drive By Truckers or Lucero. They made it through all the questions and doubts that turned into Three with “600 pages of regrets and hundreds unfinished songs” and 13 finished tracks with regrets of their own… regrets that you should hear. The new CD is set to be released on April 24th via Suburban Home Records. Till then, check out the track below, or go stream the entire CD over on their website.

Two Cow Garage – Should’ve California
Two Cow Garage – No Shame
Two Cow Garage – Come Back To Shelby

Two Cow Garage’s Official Site, Two Cow Garage on myspace, Pre-order Two Cow Garage – Three

For the next 5 days I am gonna repost the pieces I did on my 5 favorite albums of the year. I’m not saying these are the 5 best albums of the year. I haven’t heard the bulk of what’s in most magazine’s and web sites top 10 list. Instead, I am just writing about my 5 favorite albums this year. I hope y’all enjoy it. I’ll be posting my favorite album on December 28. Now, without further ado:

ninebullets.net 5 favorite albums of the year, #4: Kenny Wayne Shepherd – 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads

If I were running an awards show I would have an award called “Most Important Album of the Year” and this years winner would be Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s effort 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads. As I said at the midpoint of this year:

At the risk of hyperbole, 10 Days Out is much greater than the sum of it’s parts. 10 Days will serve as documentation of some of the lesser known, but by no means lesser, blues musicians of the South. Some of the people featured on the cd/dvd release passed on before it was released, and more have moved on since. The object was to shine a spotlight on these people while there was still time, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, along with the legendary Double Trouble and producer Jerry Harrison, achieved their goal in spades. No overdubs, no high-tech fixing, “Live as it went down,” says Shepherd. “What happened is what you hear. We kept it as real as possible.” More history than mere album release, this is the most ‘important’ album released this year, in my opinion.

All of that still rings true. Here is the original piece I did on 10 Days Out:

Holy Flurking Schmidt! This thing is awesome! Allow me to quote from the cd website for a moment:

From the first compelling minutes of TEN DAYS OUT: Blues From TheBackroads, it’s immediately evident that bluesman Kenny Wayne Shepherd is up to something different. Shepherd embarked on a ten-day trek into the heart of America. Traveling highways and byways with a roving documentary film crew, aportable recording studio, portable house band—the esteemed Double Trouble, with producer Jerry Harrison, Shepherd visited blues veterans in their homes,backyards and local clubs, creating as intimate and intense a blues film as has been seen in many a year. The resulting film allows music lovers to join in theexploration and witness the artistic creation of both the film and the accompanying live CD.

With TEN DAYS OUT, Kenny Wayne Shepherd continues his love affair with America’s homegrown music, introducing his fans to a varied lot of his blues predecessors.The goal was to get intimate recordings in intimate places, and maintain authenticity: the album has no overdubs, no high-tech fixing. “Live as it went down,” says Shepherd. “What happened is what you hear. We kept it as real as possible.”

The DVD lays bare that truth, taking us into the small rooms, the kitchens, the dense woods where this music was made. “I was trying to convey the place that produced this kind of music,” says the film’s director Noble Jones, a self-confessed culture junkie, “the elements that came together to produce the blues. The environment these people came from and how it weighed on them.”

So that is the overview. In July of ’04 KWS and the others hit the road, 10 destinations in 10 days. Jamming with blues legends all the way. From the moment Prison Blues starts you know they caught lightning in a bottle. Even though this is technically a Kenny Wayne Shepherd release, the real stars are the ageing musicians whose chops are still sharper than most indie rock kids ever will be. One of the highlights (there are TONS) of the cd is when Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown plays his fiddle like it is a lead blues guitar in Born in Louisiana. I ain’t never heard anything like that in my life. I had already listened to the cd 6 or 7 times before I noticed it and had to listen to that part over again about 4 times in complete awe.

As bad ass as the cd is the real reason to buy this release instead of downloading it is the 1 hour and 46 minute documentary it comes with. I sat riveted to the couch through the entire thing. From juke joint’s to front porches to KWS and Buddy Flett’s performance at Ledbelly’s grave you get to see some amazing performances but some true legends, some of which have already left us. Along the way you also get some really good insight into the history of the genre and the characters that these guys really are. When I was a kid I would watch a skateboarding video and get jazzed as shit to go out and skate. This dvd makes me jazzed as shit to spend a night with a whiskey neat in a sweaty bar listening to howling guitars and haunted men releasing their demons.

I seriously can not recommend this enough to anyone who is a fan of blues music. Especially if you are a peripheral fan, since it will give you so much insight in this, one of the only all American forms of music. Check out the trailer for the documentary and hear Kenny Wayne Shepherd play with B.B. King on “The Thrill Is Gone” and I bet that you will be in a full sprint to the record store to pick up a copy for yourself. However, should you need anymore incentive to go and buy this cd/dvd consider this, partial proceeds are being donated to Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit organization helping impoverished blues artists. More information about the artists involved and the project itself can be found at the Official Website.

I think this cd will be a reoccurring feature here on ninebullets. I tend to follow musical chains and I think this one really poses some impressive links to pursue. I have already ordered some cds from the Buddy Flett fronted band The Bluebirds and I suspect I will be buying material by plenty of the other artists featured on this album.

Kenny Wayne Sheppard w/Cootie Shark and Neil Pattman – Prison Blues
Kenny Wayne Sheppard w/Buddy Flett – Honky Tonk
Kenny Wayne Sheppard w/Bryan Lee – Tina Marie

Kenny Wayne Sheppard Official Site, 10 Days Out Official Site

P.S. Since we are on the subject of blues documentaries I feel obligated to mention another, equally impressive doc featuring some of the old Mississippi backwoods bluesmen including RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and T-Model Ford. It has a much grittier feel to it than 10 Days Out but is equally captivating. From imdb:

You See Me Laughin’ is a full length documentary that takes a look at the often untamed lifestyles of the last great North Mississippi bluesmen and the Oxford, MS based label- Fat Possum Records- that struggles to record them. The film is an exciting collage of exclusive interviews, live performances and personal anecdotes. It includes rare, black and white footage of RL Burnside from 1974, disturbingly funny stories about touring told first hand by Iggy Pop and John Spencer Blues Explosion as well as an interesting encounter with Junior Kimbrough described by Bono from U2 and much more. This is not for the faint of heart.

I saw You See Me Laughin’ on IFC a few years ago and will stop on it every time they are airing it to this day.

9b.net's 5 favorite albums of 2007 #5: Chris Knight – The Trailer Tapes

For the next 5 days I am gonna repost the pieces I did on my 5 favorite albums of the year. I’m not saying these are the 5 best albums of the year. I haven’t heard the bulk of what’s in most magazine’s and web sites top 10 list. Instead, I am just writing about my 5 favorite albums this year. I hope y’all enjoy it. I’ll be posting my favorite album on December 28. Now, withou further ado:

ninebullets.net 5 favorite albums of the year, #5: Chris Knight – The Trailer Tapes

At some point of every single December 31 since I was 13 I’ve wondered who would be that artist that I just fell in love with in the coming year. This year that award easily goes to Chris Knight. There are others, yes, but over the course of this year I have acquired Chris’ entire catalog and I can not find a single bad thing to say about any of it. To quote Office Space, “I celebrate his entire catalog.”

In March I wrote about The Trailer Tapes, here is a repost:

From the bitter lament of the rail worker in Spike Driving Blues to the battling lovers of Back Water Blues to the high school sweetheart turned murderer of Rita’s Only Fault these were the first glimpses into Chris’s unapologetic style of telling the stories of the blue collar man.

Back in October I wrote about Chris Knight’s cd Enough Rope. I had never heard anything by him at that time and have since fell in love with the cd. A couple of moths ago I saw that he was scheduled to release a new cd, The Trailer Tapes, so I fired off an email to his PR company asking for an advance copy.

The Trailer Tapes was recorded one Kentucky summer in 1996 inside of a singlewide trailer by a recently signed but unknown Chris Knight. Recorded with 2 microphones and an ADAT with the guitar bumping into the mics and rain beating on the trailer roof-top, it was primitive, but above all it was real. Since then it has been cleaned up by producer/engineer Ray Kennedy and now they find their way into our hands. Three of the 11 tracks were rerecorded and found their way onto other albums over the years but the remainder are otherwise unreleased.

So here I am. I have Chris’s latest album and I love it. I have his, for all practical purposes, original demo from 11 years ago and I love it. I guess the only thing left to do is start filling in the gap between the two cds so expect to see other Chris Knight articles throughout this year.

The Trailer Tapes will be released April 3 on Drifter’s Church Records. Chris will also be touring acoustically behind these songs. Tour dates can be found on his website.

Chris Knight – Rita’s Only Fault
Chris Knight – House and 90 Acres
Chris Knight – Spike Driving Blues

Chris Knight’s Official Site, Chris Knight on myspace, Buy Chis Knight’s cds

Apparently the average iTunes user has no taste:

iTunes released their top selling albums and singles list of 2007. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised…just a little disappointed is all. The only plausible explination I can come up with is that the average iTunes user is a 7th grade girl. Here are the lists per stereogum:

BEST SELLING ALBUMS

  1. Maroon 5 – It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
  2. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
  3. Kanye West – Graduation
  4. Daughtry – Daughtry
  5. Colbie Caillat – Coco
  6. Linkin Park – Minutes To Midnight
  7. Various Artists – High School Musical 2 soundtrack
  8. Timbaland – Timbaland Presents: Shock Value
  9. John Mayer – Continuum
  10. Various Artists – Hairspray soundtrack

BEST SELLING SINGLES

  1. Fergie – “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)”
  2. Kanye West – “Stronger”
  3. Soulja Boy – “Crank That”
  4. Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah”
  5. Gwen Stefani – “The Sweet Escape”
  6. Rihanna (Feat. Jay-Z) – “Umbrella”
  7. Fergie – “Glamorous”
  8. Maroon – “Makes Me Wonder”
  9. Timbaland (featuring Keri Hilson & D.O.E.) – “The Way I Are”
  10. Akon – “Don’t Matter”

Top picks for the first 1/2 of Y2k + 7

Well. Here we are. July. The official beginning of the ass end of the year. So far, this year has proven to be a rather phenomenal concert year for the normally lacking Central Florida region. I was reading an exchange between a bunch of “big-time” bloggers earlier this year about how cheesy all of the “best of” lists that come out at the end of the year are, and it got me to thinking. Shit, I can out-cheese a year-end list…with…wait for it (sorry Bonnell), THE MID-YEAR LIST!

WTF? Why not. I already keep the Essential Listening list. I can spend a day telling you what may favorite 5 so far are. Maybe you’ll buy one, and you should…downloading all the time is like fucking whores. Sure, in the end you got off, but wouldn’t it be nice to get a pretty package every once in a while?

These are selected from my Essential Listening list. It is basically the best albums I have come to hear this year. They may have been released earlier but I did not hear them until 2007 and the same rules apply here. Furthermore, these are not in any order, and isn’t a be-all end-all list. This list could change depending on the day and my mood. All the albums in the Esslist list get regular play. However, some get more than others, and trying to trim those down to a mere 5 has left a few out that may have been on it if I was typing this yesterday….or tomorrow. Without further ado:

My favorites of the first half of 2007:

This is one if those albums. Honestly, I didn’t even put it on the Esslist when I originally posted about it, but I never stopped listening to it. Ever. Then my brother started listening to it in the cubicle next to me at work and it just kept occupying more and more of my music time. So finally, with no fanfare, I quietly added it to the Essential Listening list. Country Ghetto is so much better of an album than I initially gave it credit for. Of everything on this list, this will probably be the album I still listen to 5 years from now. It really is timeless like that.

JJ Grey and Mofro – Circles

Unlike the JJ Grey album, I knew I was in love with this album the moment the cd changer tried to switch to the next disc and I got my drunk ass up off the porch swing and walked inside to play it again. I opened my write-up about these guys with these two sentences:

Somewhere on the highway between Drag the River and Lucero, there is an exit with a dive bar. The Fox Hunt, out of Martinsburg, West Virginia, is that bar’s house band.

I still think those are the best two lines to have ever come from this little blog. At the same time, I have never thought my writeup did these guys justice. The album they put together really does only get better with time. Listening to them way too early in the morning a couple of weeks ago on my way to go fishing sealed the deal on these guys making this post. I do not care that they are just some unsigned band from Virginia who happened to put out a cd. It is better than 95% of the crap that Pitchfork is gonna bust wood over. That’s a fact. If these guys manage to buck the odds and stay together they are gonna be mainstays on your community radio station in a few years. Do yourself a favor and check these kids out. They gots mad skills.

The Fox Hunt – Change My Ways

On the way home from mountain biking over the weekend, I was telling the wife about this post and asking what she thought. I asked her what her choices would be, without thought she says, “Alela Diane and The Wells! I’ll have to think about it after that.” The Wells were already on my short list as well. The characters of this album and myself have spent many an evening and a bike ride together. I cannot wait for the next Wells album, but ’til it gets here, me and outcasts are like a familiar and well worn book.

The Wells – I had a Dream, Jess

At the risk of hyperbole, 10 Days Out is much greater than the sum of it’s parts. 10 Days will serve as documentation of some of the lesser known, but by no means lesser, blues musicians of the South. Some of the people featured on the cd/dvd release passed on before it was released, and more have moved on since. The object was to shine a spotlight on these people while there was still time, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, along with the legendary Double Trouble and producer Jerry Harrison, achieved their goal in spades. No overdubs, no high-tech fixing, “Live as it went down,” says Shepherd. “What happened is what you hear. We kept it as real as possible.” More history than mere album release, this is the most ‘important’ album released this year, in my opinion.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd w/Cootie Stark and Neal ‘Big Daddy’ Pattman – Prison Blues

Cootie Stark (1926-2005) – A blind street singer, he learned his stuff from Greenville, South Carolina, bluesmen Uncle Chump and Pink Anderson in the 1930’s. At 70 he rediscovered his unplugged genius and has headlined at festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe. His card catalog repertoire runs from soul classics to Piedmont blues songs like “Sandyland” and “Metal Bottoms.” Cootie Stark was one of the last authentic Piedmont blues guitarists/singers and provided a direct link to a South long gone.


Neal Pattman
(1926-2005) – Nobody made moonshine, worked a cakewalk, chopped wood or played a harmonica like Neal Pattman. Losing an arm in a wagon wheel at the age of nine didn’t slowed him at all. “66 years ago the Blues knocked on my door and they wouldn’t leave.” His testimony can be heard in a sound and a style his daddy taught him as a child in the country outside Athens, Georgia.

As I said before, “Two Cow Garage is a band I can root for. Three completely awesome guys who write completely awesome rock music and play it with everything in them, regardless of the size of the crowd behind the monitors, and if you can’t get behind that, then I dunno why you would even bother to read this site.” They may hate their name, but what a name they are making out of it. “Three” shows the band at their cow-punk/rock-and-freaking-roll best. Life on the road may have left them a little jaded, but not so cynical you need a white belt to listen to them. Three will be one of the best albums this year, regardless of what gets released in these remaining six months, and if you are so lucky to have them come to your town, they will also be one of the best rock shows you will get to see.

Two Cow Garage – Should’ve California

The album I most regret not being on this list:

I kept thinking that damned Gill Landry album has got to be on this list, then I could not find anything to bump, but at the same time, I could not accept leaving this list without a mention of Lawless Soirez. This album is beautiful on many layers. “Featuring a mixture of old country blues, jazz and songster music of the 20’s and 30’s, and Gill’s voice….and oh what a voice, makes this the perfect cd for a quiet night with a warm glass of whiskey and a little sweat.” One listen to the song Dixie and you should understand.

Gill Landry – Dixie

And there you go. Hopefully there is much awesomeness left to be found in the remaining six months. I’m gonna go find some to write about tomorrow.

Take care.

Altcountrytab.ca publishes their 2006 Gambler awards

Altcountrytab.ca has a year-end best album poll each year called the Gambler Awards (named after a beloved forum member who was killed in an auto accident several years ago). All active board members are allowed to vote and 2006 was a record year for voters and albums voted for. Anyway, ninebullets.net’s favorite album of the year Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers topped the list! Here is the top 10:

01 Lucero – Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers
(tie)02 Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
(tie)02 The Drams – Jubilee Dive
04 Richard Buckner – Meadow
05 Centro-matic – Fort Recovery
06 M Ward – Post-War
07 Bob Dylan – Modern Times
08 Drive-by Truckers – A Blessing and a Curse
09 Band of Horses – Everything All The Time
(tie)10 The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America
(tie)10 Tom Waits – Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards

You can see the entire list here.

Lucero – On The Way Back Home

5 bands I am most happy to have found:

Every year around this time I start to wonder what new bands and music I will stumble upon in the next year. I decided to list the 5 bands I was most happy to discover in 2006. And by most happy I mean they got the most playing time in the iPod and CD players in the Autopsy household.
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Drag The River
I posted an apology to these guys earlier in the year for ignoring them because of their name. I finally got to see them live a few weeks ago and it was as good as I’d hoped they’d be.  Rockin’ barroom anthems with a blended form of alt.country/rock these fellas deserve your attention. Remember a few years ago when you were watching Lucero with 50-75 other people. Come see DTR while they are still your band cuz these fellas are gonna be playing bigger and bigger venues.

Drag the River – The Cause and the Cure
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Backyard Tire Fire
I was pointed to Backyard Tire Fire via Aquarium Drunkyard. Mixing blues, country, rock, funk, and blue-collar song writing BYTF will remind you of everyone from The Drive-By Truckers to Whiskeytown to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Perfect for a lazy day in the porch swing with a cold beer and the dog, Bar Room Semantics has gotten a lot of playing time at my compound. They have a new CD entitled “Vagabonds and Hooligans” scheduled to be released on January 30, 2007.

Backyard Tire Fire – Trying to get Paid
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O’Death
Pitchfork hates them and that’s always a good sign. I have a bootleg live DVD of these fellas and I watch it monthly probably. Freaky Appalachian mountain music from Brooklyn….how can you go wrong? You can’t….that’s how. Hopefully 2007 will see these guys get signed.

O’Death – Only Daughter
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William Elliot Whitmore
A 20 something tattooed white boy with the voice and soul of a black blues man of the ’30’s. His deep grizzled voice is usually only accompanied by a banjo or guitar with the occasional track having a drummer on it. His newest CD “Songs of the Blackbird” is a concept album telling the story of an early century plainsman in the midst of a drought waiting and hoping for the rains and questioning his faith in the process. Hopefully, sometime in 2007 Mr. Whitmore will find himself in Florida.
William Elliot Whitmore – One Man’s Shame
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Wolfmother
What? Okay, Wolfmother isn’t gonna cut some new path through the 70’s era rock and roll sound…..So. fucking. what. They’re fun. Seriously, isn’t that what music is supposed to be about. Having a good time. Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll. Damn it. This was my party record of 2006 @ 80 mph with the windows down and singing poorly but loudly….air guitar at the traffic lights and if you can’t get with that then I dunno what to say. Go back to your designer Martini bar and stare at yourself in the mirror.
Wolfmother – Apple Tree
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And one more makes six:

The Diviners
These guys are a local band that I finally got around to seeing them open for Lucero at the very beginning of the year. I wanted to add them to this list because they reminded me that there is a large base of talent locally banging out songs in smoky bars every night and that I needed to get out and get familiar with them. 2007 will see ninebullets.net add a bi-monthly local music feature. So, check out The Diviners on myspace and on their official site .
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And that’s all folks. Try and stay safe and avoid the DUI. I’ll be back on January 3rd.

My favorite metal album of 2006:

graphic courtesy of www.thenewindustry.net

I’ll stop shy of saying the Slayer album is the best album of 2006 and just call it my favorite metal album of 2006. I just don’t get exposed to enough music from the metal scene. When I was a kid I loooooved Seasons in the Abyss. I was at one of the shows that ended up being released on Decade of Aggression. Then I stopped listening to them. I don’t know why. I’m thinking it was around the time I moved into my industrial phase and started going to the goth/industrial clubs. I wasn’t in a circle where Slayer was relevant, but I still listened to Seasons a couple of times a year. I did check out God Hates Us All when it came out, but I wasn’t feeling it.

Truth be told, I probably wouldn’t have listened to or even known about Christ Illusion had it not been for all of the pre-release hype about the album cover and Lombardo’s return to the band. Christ Illusion reminds me a lot of Season’s with it’s super-riffs and lightning fast solos. On God Hates Us All it seemed like Tom Araya was trying to put words to every beat and it was just too much for me, the fringe metal fan. On CI the vocals and some of the subject matter are more like Seasons complete with Tom’s signature yelling. What I’m trying to say is I freaking love Seasons in the Abyss and Christ Illusion reminds me a lot of that album. I’ve listened to CI every Saturday morning on my way to the dog park since it’s been released , and because of all of that I deem Slayer – Christ Illusion my favorite metal album of 2006.

Slayer – Flesh Storm
Slayer – Consfearacy
Slayer – Cult

Slayer’s Official Site
, Slayer on Myspace, Buy Slayer cds

BTW: If you know of some metal band that you think are gods by all means tell me who they are….I would love to check them out.

The “controversial” album cover….I dunno, I’ve seen worse.

ninebullets.net best of list:

Well, I figured if you are gonna have a blog about music then come the month of December you have to post a list. I am sure it is rule #5 in the blogger rule book and who am I to break the rules? So here is my list. I am unable to do the typical top 5, 10 whatever of the year. I was gonna try that but the inability to settle was far to stressful so I decided to just list the best in some randomly chosen topics. Earlier this week I posted about what I thought was the best hip-hop cd of the year and below is the rest of my list. You probably disagree with it and I probably would not blame you. So, without further delay…here is my list:

Graphic coutesy of www.thenewindustry.net

Album of 2006: Lucero – Rebels, Rouges & Sworn Brothers

Man. There are not enough good things I can say about this CD. With this release, Lucero introduced some new sounds in the studio and it just put them over the top. I have posted a considerable amount of topics involving this band since ninebullets came into existence and I imagine I’ll post a lot more in the year to come. It had always been a close second for Lucero in my “favorite band” column but with the releases of 2006 I think the boys took a step over The Drive-By Trucker’s and claimed that spot in my music world. As I said before about the new album: “I was going to write a real review of the CD but every time I start one I can only write “fucking great. the end” and really, that is not much of a review.”  and that is why they get my trophy for Album of 2006. Keep writing them sad songs guys and I’ll keep raising a glass of whiskey and singing along.

Lucero – On the Way Back Home



Best Concert Line-up of the year:
Lucero/Drive-By Truckers @ The Alabama Theater

My two favorite bands on the planet on the same bill. Holy freaking crap! This could have easily been the concert of the year if it would not have been for the assigned seating. The sound was awesome and the venue was beautiful. I don’t think either the wife or I will regret this trip.

ninebullets.net review of the show


Best Concert of the Year: Two Cow Garage @ New World Brewery

I have been a fan of these guys for quite some time. I could not believe they actually came to Tampa and yet, there they were. I had listened to their albums…read reviews of their shows. I was not ready. I had no idea. These guys just fucking exploded. From 0 to 190 in 2 riffs. In a basically empty house to boot. 100% rock star in these guys, if they come to your town DO NOT miss the show. Trust me on this one.

ninebullets.net review of the show


Band I am most happy to have found this year: 2 way tie: O’Death and Drag the River

I have found and been turned onto a lot of *really* good music this year but these two stand out above the rest. I seriously feel like an asshole in regards to Drag the River since they have been the opening act @ 2 shows I went to and I just sat out front and drank instead of going and checking them out. Color me the dummy but the mistake has been corrected and I am in love with ’em.

Drag the River – The Cause and The Cure

Fucking O’Death ….I dunno what to say. Pitchfork hates them and that’s always a good sign. I have a bootleg live DVD of these fellas and I watch it monthly probably. Freaky Appalachian mountain music from Brooklyn….how can you go wrong? You can’t….that’s how.


O’Death – Down to Rest



Album that best lived up to the hype this year:
Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers

The CD was talked about for 5 months before it finally saw the shelves. I was a little skeptical in the hype stage due to the fact that I am not really a Brendan Benson fan but man o’ man….I love that CD. Personally, I hope Jack and Brendan abandon their other projects and make The Raconteurs their main focus.

Raconteurs – Together




Movie of the Year:
Little Miss Sunshine


I see a lot of movies. I drink a lot of whiskey. Therefore: I do not remember very much most of the time. Sure, Jackass Number 2 made me laugh harder but from a complete movie….nothing touched Little Miss Sunshine in my opinion. It was funny, touching, and gut wrenching all in one. Great cast, great acting, great story, and gut wrenching phunny’s. Plus, after experiencing the Grandpa character I finally know what I wanna be when I grow up.

Rick James – Superfreak (Rocca Sound Remix)



Reality TV Show of the Year:
Flavor of Love, Season 2


But it’s so stupid.
NO SHIT! It’s reality TV…it’s supposed to be stupid. Well, stupid and entertaining, and Flavor of Love 2 succeeded in both.  Then they brought New York back and everything squared. I ain’t even gonna front…I’ve already got the TIVO set for New York’s show, I Love New York .



TV Show of the Year:
3 way tie….Everybody Hates Chris, My Name is Earl, Dexter

I can’t choose. Everybody Hates Chris is so innocent and cha
rmingly funny, and I love the father character. My Name is Earl is just so fucking funny and
there are 2 super hot chicks. If you are missing either of these shows shame on you. They are both wonderful. Then there is Dexter ….Dexter, Dexter, Dexter. Dexter is a forensic blood splatter analyst for the Miami Police Department slash serial killer but not a heinous killer….he kills the bad guys. It is on Showtime so fewer people are watching, *but* they can get away with a lot more. It is awesome and I am already looking forward to season 2. The Wire may have made this list but I recorded the entire season and have not started watching it yet but I suspect it is as awesome as ever.



The Holy Shit! I can not believe it actually happened award: Hank III – Straight to Hell gets released.

Mike Curb is a complete douche. Court Cases are fought and won depending on which side you are rooting for, and finally the unthinkable happens……ARMAGEDDON!!!!!!111!!!!11!!! Feb.28, 2006 comes and the new Hank III CD actually gets a proper release. If I was making a Top 5 Cd’s of 2006 list this CD would definitely be on it. Recorded on a 500 dollar machine @ home, it is everything III is…brash, high, self-mythologizing and country to the core….oh yeah, and III hates Nashville like McCarthy hated communism….you know, in case you had not heard.

Hank III – Country Heroes


Most disappointing CD of the year: Drive-by Truckers – A Blessing and A Curse

I go through a lot of music. Most Cd’s get 3 listens for me to decide if I like ’em….A Blessing and A Curse got 3 months. For 3 months I tried to convince myself I like this CD. I could not accept that DBT could put out a bad CD but after 3 months the simple fact was that there were only 2 songs on the CD that i liked. Hopefully, this will prove to just be a blip on the radar and the new CD will bring the rock back but I must admit, I am a little worried they are about to go the way of Outkast. Furthermore, my feelings about this cd were validated when they only played 3 songs from the disc at the Thanksgiving show.

Drive-By Truckers – Gravity’s Gone



Most anticipated CD release of 2007:
3 way tie…Patterson Hood & Jason Isbell’s solo releases and the new Two Cow Garage

What? Just cause DBT released a disappointing CD does not mean I am throwing in the towel. I have high, exceedingly high hopes for Jason and Patterson’s solo efforts. And, from what I heard of the new Two Cow at the show it is gonna bring every drop of rock that the latest DBT effort forgot. All 3 are supposed to come out in the first 1/2 of 2007 and I can not wait.

  • You can hear Gravitron and Arson from Two Cow’s upcoming cd on thier myspace site.
  • Patterson has been posting lyrics in the new songs section of his web site.



Most anticipated TV show of 2007:
Rome (season 2)

I would have listed Dexter season 2, but one never can tell when the cable channels will begin their new seasons. So I am going with Rome season 2 on HBO. My wife gets a little aggravated because I have to keep asking questions but season 1 was entertaining as hell, and I got excited when I saw season two was starting in January. I’m also looking forward to a new season of Blow Out and Project Runway .



Ninebullets.net feature I am most looking forward to in 2007:
The Jukebox Chronicles

This is something I am gonna kick up in 2007. I have had the idea for a few months but I wanted the blog to gain a bigger readership before I kicked it off. Basically, every town in every state has a bar with a kick ass jukebox and I wanna chronicle them but not in a directory type fashion…..More on this in 2007 but everyone I talk about it with says it is a really cool idea.


That’s all folks.