Woot! Three months in a row! I think it’s fair to say I’ve gotten my groove back with the ninebullets podcast.
This month’s show features the Ninebullets Radio/Ninebullets Podcast theme song written and performed by my buddy through music, Todd Ferrell. I’d love to know what y’all think of it. I think it has a solid Nashville Pussy feel to it and love it accordingly. The show also features the brand new Lucero track called “Sometimes” as well as new music from The Porter Draw, Greenland Is Melting and Dear Sister. The end of the show pretty much turns into a rock fest. Not sure why but the night I made it I really wanted to rock out and finally gave into the need as the night wore on and the liquor took hold.
So, let’s get to it. As always, if you like what you’re hearing on these podcasts, tell your friends about it. Post about it on your Facebook wall. Tweet about it. These bands are all pretty small so every new ear their music finds counts, and you can directly assist them in that effort by telling people about this podcast and others like it.
Let’s get a little bit of unity back in our Community.
01. Ninebullets Intro
02. Lucero – Sometimes (from Women and Work)
03. Lauderdale – Moving On (from Moving On)
04. Arliss Nancy – Abacus (from Truckstop Roses)
05. The Porter Draw – Davey (from California Widow)
06. Sinful Savage Tigers – Ballad Of John Grave (from Last Night of the Revels)
07. Greenland Is Melting – The Dead Are Watching (from Where We Go)
08. Dear Sister – Con Man (from Dear Sister)
09. Sassparilla – My First Lover (from The Darndest Thing)
10. Pokey Lafarge and The south City Three – Drinking Whiskey Tonight (from Middle of Everywhere)
11. John Moreland and The Dust Bowl Souls – Low (from Everything The Hard Way)
12. Moreland & Arbuckle – Purgatory (from Just A Dream)
13. Clutch – The Mob Goes Wild (from Blast Tyrant)
14. Two Cow Garage – My Great Gatsby (from Sweet Saint Me)
15. Corrosion Of Conformity – Who’s Got The Fire (from America’s Volume Dealer)
16. Murder City Devils – Every Shitty Thing (from Broken Bottles, Empty Hearts)
The last time I was at The Ritz was for the fateful Corrosion of Conformity show where (4) people were stabbed with (1) ultimately dying. I’d heard a lot about the near million dollar renovation the venue had gone through prior to reopening a year (really? it’s been a whole year?) ago but I had not seen it yet. What better chance than for their one year anniversary free show featuring one of my favorite songwriters, Grayson Capps?
The venue itself is beautiful and the acoustics are dramatically improved. Granted, I am judging the latter on one show but Grayson and the Stumpknockers were loud and they sounded great and the reconfigured ball room is infinitely more conducive to live music than it used to be. While this isn’t supposed to be a review of the venue I wanted to mention it cause they did a fantastic job and I look forward to seeing more shows there.
Now, on to Grayson.
Grayson Capps and the Stumpknocker’s took the stage promptly at 8:00 to a sparce (and I am being generous) crowd but what the crowd lacked in numbers it made up for in enthusiasm. One particular concertgoer opted to take advantage of the short bar lines and vacant dance floor to practice his handstands. Grayson & Co. seemed unfazed by the amount of empty floor space between each patron and delivered a tight performance hitting on every song the crowd wanted to hear even going so far as to take requests during their second set. I was pleasantly surprised at how much more of rock band they became in the live environment.
Hopefully the lack of people will not leave a bad taste in the bands mouth and they’ll return some day in the future.
Every now and then an album from “back in the day” manages to find its way back into my car and into uber-heavy rotation for a couple of weeks/months. I think it may be my head needing the occasional break from the constant barrage of new music and just wanting to relax and groove on something awesome, familiar and comfortable. A couple of weeks ago America’s Volume Dealer by Corrosion of Conformity came back into my consciousness and I’ve pretty much been jamming it every day since.
While America’s Volume Dealer may have been the biggest commercial failure of C.O.C.’s discography since they went metal, IMO it was their best album to date. A lot of people seem to pan the album for being “too lite” or “too commercial”, but I think if you listen to the discography in order you find the step from Wiseblood to America’s Volume Dealer to be natural. I think it’s the band finding its groove. Too bad they couldn’t follow it up on In The Arms of God.
Anyhow, since I’ve been rocking the album pretty steady I thought I’d show it a little love here on 9b. Now here’s the real question, will we ever get another C.O.C. album? Cause, on the real, I’d rather have a mediocre new C.O.C. album than another Down album…Come on Pepper!