NINEBULLETS.NET JULY PODCAST:

Holy. Crap. Talk about getting one in right under the wire. No matter. We’re here. tt’s still July and the podcast is live, so let’s talk about it.

This month’s podcast is divided into two halves. The first half is all about new music. In that section we have a song from the upcoming Lucero cd, 1372 Overton Park, as well as a phenomenal cover of Lucero’s “Better Than This” by ninebullets.net faves, The Fox Hunt. Incidentally, the new Lucero album is currently up for preorder. If you do preorder it, not only will you get the physical cd a few weeks prior to the “official” release date, you’ll also immediately get to download a six song preview of the album (from whence the song on this podcast came). While we’re on the preorder tip, there is a also song on the podcast from the new Chris Knight album, Trailer Tapes II. Like the new Lucero, Chris’ album is up for preorder, but if you preorder it now you’ll get to download a digital copy of the whole album immediately.

The second half of the podcast features bands from this year’s Deep Blues Festival, which I plan on posting a complete recap of next week. I featured American Relay in this segment who, unfortunately, played their last show ever at the Festival. I believe they have a new album coming out, but there will be no touring to support it. Also featured is Davina and The Vagabonds. I had high hopes for this band and they lived up to every one. Matter of fact, during their set I tweeted the following, “Davina and the Vagabonds. Music you should fuck to“. I also decided to include Woodsbossman, Tom VandenAvond. He looks like he could be Scott H. Biram’s little brother and he writes some fine, fine music.

I closed this month’s Podcast with a track from Gainesville’s The Takers. Their new album has finally been released and you can get it at all your favorite digital outlets, plus you can read about the album here.

And that does it. Another month comes to pass. I am pretty happy with this month’s podcast and I think y’all will like it. Do me a favor, though. If you listen and you enjoy the show, please tell other people about it. The website’s stats have been increasing this month, but the podcast’s stats have been in decline. I am gonna try to do more advertising of the show this month, but nothing beats word of mouth.

Thanks, everyone. ~Autopsy IV (twitter: @autopsy4)

Tracklisting:

  1. Drive-By Truckers – Nine Bullets [00.00.00]
  2. Lucero – Hey Darling, Do You Gamble [04.03.00]
  3. The Fox Hunt – Better Than This (Lucero Cover) [08.36.00]
  4. Autopsy IV Commentary [11.56.50]
  5. Truckstop Coffee – Ghost or an Angel [13.00.00]
  6. Drive-By Truckers – Zip City [19.09.00]
  7. Chris Knight – Highway Junkie [24.25.00]
  8. Autopsy IV Commentary [28.57.00]
  9. Matthew Dean Herman – Southern Belle [30.25.00]
  10. American Relay – Bonedry [34.13.25]
  11. Left Lane Cruiser – Amy’s In The Kitchen [37.19.25]
  12. A Night In The Box – Rich Man’s Table [40.38.50]
  13. Autopsy V Commentary [44.07.25]
  14. Davina and The Vagabonds – St. Michael Vs The Devil [44.46.25]
  15. Red Clay River – Rattlesnake Mountain [49.36.00]
  16. Tom VandenAvond – I cant help It If Im Still In Love With You [52.44.00]
  17. Autopsy Commentary [55.06.00]
  18. The Takers – Taker Easy [56.09.00]

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NINEBULLETS.NET APRIL PODCAST

Okay, last month we stumbled, both technically and performance wise, through the debut podcast. Now come month two we’re pretty much about to drop the cream of Americana podcasts (from one of the best Americana blogs) on you, and our tech is prepped for the amount of awesome that you’re likely to find yourself listening to multiple times a week. I know I’m coming off like the Kanye West of the Americana blogging community, but I don’t give a fuck. I like fish sticks and (having listened to this thing 10 times since I made it) I’m telling you, you’re gonna love it and you’re gonna listen to it numerous times. I feel that confident.

Some of the improvements this month are a new microphone (thanks to Trevor’s suggestion) so there’s no more overwhelming hiss and instead of shuffling (and struggling) through 3 different programs for the podcast, I found a one-stop shop program in Mixcraft that’s programmed in the same manner as I work. These changes have given the whole effort a much more professional feel, and added to that is the fact that I am starting to embrace the drunken talking to yourself in the middle of the night reality of podcasting. That said, I worry this may be the crest. I fear this may be the best 9b podcast ever and it’s all downhill from here. Yes, I am that confident in the material in the hour that’s posted under this text. That said, I am gonna bust my ass to match it in May.

So, here is the tracklisting for what very well may be the best ninebullets.net podcast there ever will be:

  1. Drive-by Truckers – Nine Bullets
  2. Autopsy IV Commentary
  3. Strawfoot – Cursed Neck
  4. Pinebox Serenade – Woven Arms
  5. Uncle Sinner – When Jesus Comes
  6. Autopsy IV Commentary
  7. Olin & The Moon – Call Me Up
  8. American Aquarium – California
  9. Eileen Jewell – Sea of Tears
  10. Autopsy IV Commentary
  11. Drag The River – Old Sad Songs [extended] (Lucero Cover)
  12. Gillian Welch & Old Crow Medicine Show – The Weight (The Band Cover)
  13. Scott H. Biram – Sinking Down (FD Session)
  14. Jon & Chad (Drag The River) – Dancin’ In The Moonlight (Thin Lizzy Cover)
  15. Autopsy IV Commentary
  16. Grayson Capps – Going Back To The Country
  17. Chris Knight – Enough Rope
  18. Autopsy IV Commentary
  19. Two Cow Garage – Should’ve California

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CHRIS KNIGHT – HEART OF STONE OUTTAKES

I love surprises. I had everything all planned out for this week. I had all my posts written up and the mp3’s tagged and uploaded…all I needed to do was press publish each day and then late yesterday afternoon there was a change of plans. An email arrived containing some Chris Knight studio outtakes from the Heart of Stone sessions complete with permission to post. Now, my Chris Knight fanboy status is well documented in the ninebullets archives so you knew I was gonna post tham ASAP. Well, AP is now and still think that if you don’t like Chris Knight you suffer from poor taste.

Chris Knight – Almost There (album version)
Chris Knight – Almost There (acoustic)

Chris Knight – She Couldn’t Change Me

Chris Knight – Everybody’s Lonely Now
Chris Knight – Everybody’s Lonely Now (acoustic)

Chris Knight’s Official Site, Chris Knight on myspace, Buy Heart of Stone

CHRIS KNIGHT – HEART OF STONE

I was admittedly late in getting to the altar of Chris Knight. He had already released his fourth effort, Enough Rope, when I first came to know of him. I’ve since countered my tardiness by amassing his entire disc catalog and preaching his gospel every chance I get. Heart of Stone marks Chris’ sixth effort, and his music is still far too good for country radio and far too obscure for good taste.

On Heart of Stone, Chris sticks to what he does best by writing simple songs that carry the Lose Weight Exercise of the common man. Bringing Dan Baird (who previously produced Pretty Good Guy and The Jealous Kind) back into the fold brings a slightly more rocking edge to this album, but it’s still 100% Chris Knight. If you ain’t liking him at this point, you ain’t gonna like him after hearing Heart of Stone….and you’re pretty much an idiot.

The people of Slaughters, Kentucky (population 200) are lucky to have a songwriter of this caliber telling their story, and we’re lucky to get to hear it. 100% Essential Listening.

Chris Knight – My Old Cars
Chris Knight – Heart of Stone
Chris Knight – Another Dollar

Chris Knight’s Official Site, Chris Knight on myspace, Buy Heart of Stone

MORE EMAIL GOODNESS (NEW CHRIS KNIGHT ALBUM):

They say good things come in threes and such has been the case with my inbox the past two days. The people who run Chris Knight’s web site sent me a studio cut from his upcoming album, Heart of Stone, as well as a couple of demo cuts of tracks that will be on the album. Now, I think it goes without saying that ninebullets are HUGE fans of Chris Knight and hearing that he has a new album coming out in August (8/19 to be exact) made my morning. Check out the samples below:

TRACKLISTING:
01. Home Sick Gypsy
02. Hell Ain’t Half Full (studio)
03. Something to Keep Me Going
04. Heart of Stone
05. Danville
06. Another Dollar
07. Almost there
08. Crooked Road (live)
09. Maria (demo)
10. Miles to Memphis
11. My Old Cars (demo)
12. Go On Home

You can pre-order the album here.

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

Chris Knight – The Jealous Kind

I have really hemmed and hawed about writing an antry on this album. I mean, I’ve already written about Chris’ newest efforts, Enough Rope and The Trailer Tapes, and this album is four years old. See, sometimes I get kind of sidetracked about what this site is supposed to be about, and it took writing the first draft of what will become the new ‘about’ page to remind myself what I am trying to do here. This isn’t a site about the newest releases out there. It’s supposed to be a site about music I find appealing, regardless of release date, and The Jealous Kind is so much more than appealing.

In the vapid ‘Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy’ tarted-up world of country music, a songwriter of Chris Knight’s caliber is either a) flat out ignored or b) too deep for the pop with a fiddle Clear Channel country music fan. There are no parties for Chris’s characters, no Honky Tonk or Badonkadonk’s. Chris’ characters are doomed to lives of jail cells, calloused hands, black eyes, beaten wives and unpaid bills, all told by one of the consistently best songwriters I’ve heard since the Drive-By Truckers. Eschewing hooks for stories, Chis Knight writes the kinds of songs that cut right to the reasons why I love music in the first place and heads straight to the Essential Listening list.

Chris Knight – The Jealous Kind
Chris Knight – Carla Came Home
Chris Knight – Broken Plow

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

Chris Knight – The Trailer Tapes

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