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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 […]

BENJAMIN BOOKER – BENJAMIN BOOKER

BENJAMIN BOOKER – BENJAMIN BOOKER

Benjamin Booker, it is important to say, is from Florida. Last year he played the Ninebullets Anniversary party on the same day he found out he got signed to a little label named ATO. Around the same time he picked up and moved the band to New Orleans, where he currently resides. This record, self-titled, […]

NIKKI LANE – ALL OR NOTHIN'

NIKKI LANE – ALL OR NOTHIN'

Sassy, spunky, defiant and spirited are words commonly associated with Nikki Lane’s new album, All or Nothin’ while spitfire, sultry and firecracker are words more commonly used to describe Nikki herself. I will refrain from using any of them. To this writer they feel, at best, dismissive while, at worst, sexist. Instead, I’ll just open […]

CALEB CAUDLE – PAINT ANOTHER LAYER ON MY HEART

CALEB CAUDLE – PAINT ANOTHER LAYER ON MY HEART

Caleb has been a favorite of mine since I met him when John Moreland played my local. I wish I had given his previous albums, like Tobacco Town, some attention when they came out but the truth is I had never heard of him until he toured with Moreland. This kid is amazing live and […]

CHEAP GIRLS – FAMOUS GRAVES

CHEAP GIRLS – FAMOUS GRAVES

When I sat down to right this review I wasn’t sure I was a Cheap Girls fan and to be honest I’m still not sure. Famous Graves is a power pop album extraordinaire and that should be right up my alley. The musical nods to the music I was listening to in the nineties is […]

MATT WOODS – WITH LOVE FROM BRUSHY MOUNTAIN

MATT WOODS – WITH LOVE FROM BRUSHY MOUNTAIN

It’s likely no surprise to anyone who knows me, whether in real life or via the internet, that I fucking love Matt Woods. There hasn’t been a musician whose body of work has gotten me this excited since I discovered Lucero in the mid-2000s, and that, my friends, is just about the highest praise I […]

ARLO McKINLEY & THE LONESOME SOUND – ARLO McKINLEY & THE LONESOME SOUND

ARLO McKINLEY & THE LONESOME SOUND – ARLO McKINLEY & THE LONESOME SOUND

This cd found it’s way to me via Sarah Davis, a name you might recognize from another ninebullets fave, Alone At 3am. She was/is a part of the creation and was really excited to get it some radio play on it and after listening to a single track from it on youtube; so was I. […]