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Benchmarks – American Night – 2015

Benchmarks – American Night – 2015

It starts out with distortion, guitar, and a voice. The voice is one you’ve heard before, been hearing for years. The always-ethereal vocal tones of Kelly Smith (nee Kneiser) of Glossary. Then a new voice, one you may have heard before but certainly not like this. The Dirty Birds have come home to roost, or maybe […]

The Honeycutters – Me Oh My – 2015

The Honeycutters – Me Oh My – 2015

It’s only a song / so, for heaven’s sake, won’t you sing along Here are some questions to help you figure out whether you’re in a Honeycutters song or not: Are you taking the easy way out? Has it turned out not to be so easy? Can you take care of yourself? Are you one […]

Yazan -Howlin' (EP) – 2015

Yazan -Howlin' (EP) – 2015

Last year I sprinted home (took a few trains and walked a few miles) from a show and straight to the internets to tell y’all about a guitarist I’d just seen named Yazan. His live show was an electric psych-blues thunderstorm, whereas his last album turned out to be an equally restorative, world-resetting series of […]

John Moreland – High On Tulsa Heat – 2015

John Moreland – High On Tulsa Heat – 2015

Inside John Moreland’s High On Tulsa Heat he writes “This is a record about home. Whatever that is.” and if he had written a similar inscription for 2013’s In The Throes I believe it would have said “This is a record about faith. Whatever that is.” and that is the only comparison I plan to make […]

LILLY HIATT – ROYAL BLUE

LILLY HIATT – ROYAL BLUE

People remember the ’90’s as grungy, and druggy; self-loathing, and insecure. We all wore flannel and did heroin while listening to Soundgarden. It was pretty great, except for the having to listen to Soundgarden part. There was another side to the ’90’s. Unequaled prosperity, homegrown terrorism, and the worst thing our President did was get […]

Robert Chaney – Cracked Picture Frames – 2015

Robert Chaney – Cracked Picture Frames – 2015

Cracked Picture Frames by Robert Chaney is a debut record with the heft of a seasoned volume. There are no singles: these are all deep cuts. It may be easy to miss the trees for the forest, with the “one man and a guitar” composition of the album. The melodies are alternately sweet, bitter, and haunting, […]

McDougall – Self Titled

McDougall – Self Titled

News of a new McDougall record is big news around these parts. We’ve written about him multiple times (here and here) and he’s been played on both radio shows. A one-man band that alternates between guitar and six-string banjo with heavy doses of bass drum and hi-hat mixed in, McDougall’s true talent doesn’t come from […]

AMERICAN THREAD – SONGS IN THE WAR

AMERICAN THREAD – SONGS IN THE WAR

American Thread is one of those bands that can capture the soul of Middle America in a record. They did it with Killing Days and they’ve done it again with Songs In The War. Now there’s a lot of music out there that speaks to the plight of the working man but these kids are […]

SYLVIA ROSE NOVAK – CHASING GHOSTS

SYLVIA ROSE NOVAK – CHASING GHOSTS

We are fortunate here at ninebullets that we have many artists submit their music to us for review. Often the submittals are accompanied by a brief bio about the artist. When I read the bio for Novak that she was a petite spitfire that happened to be a former boxer, well I was intrigued. A […]

CORY BRANAN – NO-HIT WONDER

CORY BRANAN – NO-HIT WONDER

Cory Branan needs no introduction in even the least educated of Americana music circles. The kid has been touring the country playing his heart out for the better part of a decade. Those who have seen his live show know how just close to literal the term “pouring his heart out” actually is. We’ve all […]