TOURS, TOURS, TOURS AND A NEW SONG

Ninebullets faves, Have Gun Will Travel are preparing to pack their duffel bags and set course for Denver, Colorado and Suburban Home’s 16th Anniversary Party which is gonna crush and I am super bummed I won’t be there. Anyhow, after the show they’re teaming up with Micah Schnabel and tour back east and making a run down the east coast. Unfortunately their route currently has some holes in it. Check out the dates below and if you can help them fill one of the dates in bold holler at Virgil at Suburban Home Records.

09/09 (Fri) – Denver, CO @ Three Kings (SH Anniversary)
09/10 (Sat) – Denver, CO @ Three Kings (SH Anniversary)
09/12 (Mon) – Colorado Springs, CO / Ft. Collins, CO – Venue TBA
09/13 (Tue) – Omaha / Kansas City / Lawrence – TBA
09/14 (Wed) – St Louis, MO – Venue TBA

09/15 (Thu) – Normal, IL @ Firehouse Pizza & Pub
09/16 (Fri) – Flint, MI @ Woobie’s Bar
09/17 (Sat) – Cincinnatti, OH @ MOTR Pub
09/18 (Sun) – Columbus, OH – Venue TBA
09/19 (Mon) – off
09/20 (Tue) – Buffalo, NY @ DBGB
09/21 (Wed) – Syracuse, NY – Venue TBA
09/22 (Thu) – Kingston, NY – Venue TBA
09/23 (Fri) – Boston, MA @ PA’s Lounge
09/24 (Sat) – Providence, RI / CT?
09/25 (Sun) – NYC (HGWT taping Live at Music Playground)
09/26 (Mon) – Brooklyn, NY (hold @ Bell House) TBA
09/27 (Tue) – TBA – Richmond, VA?
09/28 (Wed) – TBA – NC?
09/29 (Thu) – Athens, GA @ Little Kings
09/30 (Fri) – Kennesaw, GA @ Sidelines

Speaking of Florida bands on tour our buddies Greenland Is Melting recently sett out to bring some of their flavor of sing along feel good tunes to the country and decided to celebrate by releasing a new song. Trust me on this one, if these guys are coming to your neck of the woods go see them. It’s a fun time, I guarantee it…and tell them ninebullets sent you. Anyhow, enjoy the new track and check out the tour poster below:

Greenland Is Melting – Always

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 07.28.11

Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog ninebullets.net that airs every Thursday night in Tampa, Florida on WMNF 88.5 FM at 10pm Eastern. The show is archived for one week after it’s original air date and is available for streaming here. Also, don’t forget to head over to Facebook and like the Ninebullets Radio page.

Below is the playlist for July 28, 2011.

01. Greenland Is Melting – No More Sorry Songs
02. Nikki Lane – Gone, Gone, Gone
03. Eilen Jewell – Bang, Bang, Bang
04. Carolyn Mark – 2 Days Smug & Sober
05. Kaleigh Baker – Train Gone By
06. Damion Sumi – Ghost
07. Have Gun Will Travel – Wolf In Shepherd’s Clothes
08. Seryn – Of Ded Moroz
09. Lauris Vidal – Better Part
10. Nervous Turkey – Too Late For Romance
11. The Semis – Library Book
12. The Broken Inn – All In Your Head
13. Kaleigh Baker – Sheister
14. Chuck Ragan – Nomad By Fate

Bold = Request

P.S.: If you like this show, do me a favor and post about it on your Facebook/Twitter/Blog. It’ll do a lot to help these bands reach new ears…and in the end, that’s what this is all about. It’ll also help bring the existence of the radio show to more people’s attention & the more people there are listening/paying attention to the show the more likely it is to stay on the air.

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 07.07.11

Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog ninebullets.net that airs every Thursday night in Tampa, Florida on WMNF 88.5 FM at 10pm Eastern. The show is archived for one week after it’s original air date and is available for streaming here. Also, don’t forget to head over to Facebook and like the Ninebullets Radio page.

Below is the playlist for July 07, 2011.

01. The Weary Boys – Cruel Corrina
02. American Aquarium – Nothing to Lose
03. Doop & The Inside Outlaws – Blood River
04. Red Clay River – Rattlesnake Mountain
05. Greenland Is Melting – Blood OnThe Banjo
06. Have Gun Will Travel – Kerosene and Candlelight
07. Shane Sweeny – When I Am Empty
08. Shane Sweeny – Some Hope, Somewhere
09. Robert Earl Reed – Road To Hattisberg
10. Fifth On The Floor – The Fall
11. Hellbound Glory – Rusted Up Old Pickup Trucks
12. Drive-By Trucker’s – Outfit
13. Grayson Capps – John The Dagger
14. Glossary – Gasoline Soaked Heart

Bold = Request

P.S.: If you like this show, do me a favor and post about it on your Facebook/Twitter/Blog. It’ll do a lot to help these bands reach new ears…and in the end, that’s what this is all about. It’ll also help bring the existence of the radio show to more people’s attention & the more people there are listening/paying attention to the show the more likely it is to stay on the air.

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 06.16.11

Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog ninebullets.net that airs every Thursday night in Tampa, Florida on WMNF 88.5 FM at 10pm Eastern. The show is archived for one week after it’s original air date and is available for streaming here. Also, don’t forget to head over to Facebook and like the Ninebullets Radio page.

Below is the playlist for June 16, 2011.

01. Drive-By Truckers – Nine Bullets
02. Damion Suomi – Sunday Morning
03. The Sumner Brothers – Both Back
04. The Legendary ShackShakers – Blood OnThe Bluegrass
05. William Elliott Whitmore – Field Song
06. Moreland & Arbuckle – Purgatory
07. Grayson Capps – Highway 42
08. Cut In The Hill Gang – I Wanna Holler
09. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Clap Your Hands
10. The Gaslight Anthem – Billoxi Parish
11. Will Quinlan & The Diviners – This Thieving Life
12. Frank Turner – Peggy Sang The Blues
13. Greenland Is Melting – The Last Song

P.S.: If you like this show, do me a favor and post about it on your Facebook/Twitter/Blog. It’ll do a lot to help these bands reach new ears…and in the end, that’s what this is all about. It’ll also help bring the existence of the radio show to more people’s attention & the more people there are listening/paying attention to the show the more likely it is to stay on the air.

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 05.26.11

Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog ninebullets.net that airs every Thursday night in Tampa, Florida on WMNF 88.5 FM at 10pm Eastern. The show is archived for one week after it’s original air date and is available for streaming here. Below is the playlist for May 26, 2011.

01. Matt Woods – Beating Down My Door
02. Medford’s Black Record Collection – Small Town
03. Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil – Prove Me Wrong
04. The Sumner Brothers – Going Out West
05. The Mojo Gurus – I Can’t Stand To Hear That Song Again
06. Kenneth Brian Band – Prayer For Love
07. Whitey Morgan & The 78’s – Where Do You Want It?
08. Waylon Jennings – Don’t You Think This Outlaws Bit Gotten Out Of Hand
09. Merle Haggard – I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink
10. Joey Allcorn – This Ain’t Montgomery
11. Greenland Is Melting – The Last Song
12. Kentucky Parlor Pickers – Shake Your Molasses
13. Kingsley Flood – I Don’t Wanna Go Home
14. The Waifs – Moses & The Lamb

P.S.: Ninebullets Radio now has it’s own Facebook Page. It’ll be the central depot for playlists, show related banter and ticket/giveaway announcements. So, if you’re into that please wander over and “like” us and tell a friend or two about it.

P.P.S.: If you like this show, do me a favor and post about it on your Facebook/Twitter/Blog. It’ll do a lot to help these bands reach new ears…and in the end, that’s what this is all about. It’ll also help bring the existence of the radio show to more people’s attention & the more people there are listening/paying attention to the show the more likely it is to stay on the air.

TAMPA/ST. PETE: TO DO: ALL FREAKING WEEKEND….

Every now and then a weekend comes along that just makes you shake your head at the awesome. If it weren’t for this being Sober February I’d be shaking my head wondering how I was gonna get through it both physically and financially. Anyhow, for the out of town readers, find an awesome show to go to this weekend and support live music. For my in town readers, I found your shows for you:

THURSDAY NIGHT @ THE ORPHEUM: GREENLAND IS MELTING & TIM BARRY ($10)

In what will be the highlight of the weekend; Tim Barry is coming to town Thursday night and he’s bringing Gainesville’s Greenland Is Melting with him. When I reviewed GiM’s album, Or Hearts Are Gold, Our Grass Is Blue, I said they “sound like what I wanted to hear the first time I heard The Avett Brothers” and I stand by that statement. Live, the fun they’re having is almost palpable and most certainly catching. In other words, this ain’t a show you wanna arrive late to. More to the point, it ain’t a show you wanna miss cause Mr. Barry is bringing his self-help sessions put to song version of acoustic folk rock to the stage. Like I said the other night on ninebullets radio, Tim proves that rock and roll ain’t gotta be fancy guitars, shiny clothes and a bag full of whizbang to captivate an audience. Every time I see him live, I walk away with my belief that a man with good songs and pure intentions can still do something in the music world. So come out, sing along and leave happy.

Greenland Is Melting – Blood On The Banjo
Tim Barry – Thing Of The Past

FRIDAY NIGHT @ THE RITZ ($15) / SATURDAY @ @ UNIVERSITY LANES ($30): LEBOWSKI FEST


In yet another sign that Tampa/St. Pete might actually be becoming a “real” city, we’ve gotten out own Lebowski Fest! Now, let’s hope like hell that people actually come out to it.

Friday night will feature music by Have Gun Will Travel and Ernie Locke’s (Nervous Turkey) new band, Lambasters with a screening of the movie afterwards. Friday will also feature a guest appearance by the real-life inspiration for The Dude, Jeff “The Dude” Dowd who’s filming a new documentary titled “The Dude.”

Saturday will feature Bowling, Costume, Trivia and other contests at University Lanes from 6-10pm and Jeff Dowd will be there as well.

So go out, imbibe and abide.


SATURDAY NIGHT @ DAVE’S AQUA LOUNGE: “ONE FOR THE ROAD” A FUNDRAISER FOR TAMPA/ST. PETE’S SxSW AUSTIN BOUND BANDS


The best way to directly support your local music scene this weekend is to come out to Dave’s Aqua Lounge for Bammo’s sixth annual “One For The Road” fundraiser. It’s expensive to take time off work, load up in the van and drive out to Austin and back. Sure, you can book shows out there and back if you can get enough time off work but here’s a dirty little secret a lot of people don’t know about SxSW; the bands don’t get paid for the shows they do there. That’s right, the bands will end up spending 4 days playing (sometimes) two shows a day and they’ll do it all for free. Some come out, see some of the best local bands in the area all in one location and do some good while you’re at it. The show starts at 7:00 and features; Sun Society, Ronny Elliott, Rebekah Pulley & TRP, Human Condition, Poetry N Lotion, Have Gun Will Travel & The Beauvilles. Admission is a suggested minumum donation of $10.00 (100% of donations go to the bands). There will also be raffles and all sorts of other funness.

The Beauvilles – Rain
Have Gun Will Travel – Kerosene and Candlelight

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 02.03.11

Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog ninebullets.net that airs every Thursday night in Tampa, Florida on WMNF 88.5 FM at 10pm Eastern. The show is archived for one week after it’s original air date and is available for streaming here. Below is the playlist for February 03, 2011.

  1. Old Crow Medicine Show – Down Home Girl
  2. The Cur Dogs – Kro-Bride
  3. Drive-By Truckers – Outfit
  4. Chris Knight – Enough Rope
  5. Michael Dean Damron – The Day Brian Piccolo Died
  6. Josh Small – Hakuna Matata
  7. Greenland Is Melting – No More Sorry Songs
  8. Michael Claytor & Friends – Hairpins
  9. The Takers – Friends In Bottles
  10. Two Cow Garage – My Great Gatsby
  11. Frank Turner – I Still Believe
  12. O’Death – Bugs
  13. The Builders and The Butchers – Raise Up You Weary Hands
  14. Otis Gibbs – Ballad of Johnny Crooked Tree

GREENLAND IS MELTING: SONGS AND NEWS:

Gainesville’s Greenland is Melting is starting to generate a descent amount of buzz for themselves (we reviewed them here) and they’re about to hit the road to show some of the southeast what they’re all about. If they’re coming to your neck of the woods take it from me and go see the folk show. They’re really nice guys and put on one hell of a fun show. Here are the tour dates:

Friday January 21 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall
Saturday January 22 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall
Sunday January 23 Greensboro, NC The Green Bean w/ Jason Kutchma
Monday January 24 Knoxville, TN Preservation Pub w/ Jason Kutchma
Tuesday January 25 Chattanooga, TN JJ’s Bohemia w/ Jason Kutchma
Wednesday January 26 Athens, GA Go Bar w/ Jason Kutchma
Thursday January 27 Charlotte, NC The Milestone w/ Jason Kutchma
Friday January 28 Winston-Salem, NC The Garage w/ Jason Kutchma
Saturday January 29 Charlottesville, VA Tea Bazaar w/ Jason Kutchma
Sunday January 30 Richmond, VA House Show w/ Jason Kutchma
Monday January 31 Greenville, NC TBA w/ Jason Kutchma
Tuesday February 01 Atlanta, GA Wonderroot
Wednesday February 02 Birmingham, AL The Nick
Thursday February 03 Pasagoula, MS Celtic
Friday February 04 Baton Rouge, LA TBA
Saturday February 05 Tallahassee, FL The Farside
Thursday February 10 Orlando, FL Backbooth
Wednesday February 23 Columbia, CA New Brookland Tavern w/ Tim Barry
Thursday February 24 Ybor City, FL Orpheum w/ Tim Barry
Friday February 25 Winter Park, FL McRaney’s Tavern w/ Tim Barry
Saturday February 26 Gainesville, FL The Atlantic w/ Tim Barry

The band also recently hit the studio to record a 3 song EP of traditional folk songs entitled Folk Songs From Florida: Volume 1. It’s due to be released for free on Paper + Plastick Records next week (I believe). In the run up to the release the band teamed up with thepunksite.com and dyingscene.com on their front porch and recorded live versions of the tracks (which I’ve embedded for your viewing pleasure below) (do you think I could have employed the use of parenthesis anymore in this post) (i think not) (ONE MORE THING: The bands full length, Our Hearts are Gold, Our Grass is Blue, is available on their Bandcamp site on a name your price basis (so go buy it)).

Greenland Is Melting – Fox On The Run:

Greenland Is Melting – Greenland Whale Fisheries:

Greeland Is Melting – Noodlin/Cripple Creek:

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THE ROCK REPORT: CHUCK RAGAN, THE TAKERS & GREENLAND IS MELTING @ THE ATLANTIC, GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA


Believe it or not, this was my first ever Chuck Ragan show. I mean. I’ve seen him a few times on the Revival Tours but I’d never simply seen a Chuck Ragan show. When I saw he was pulling a two night stand in Gainesville last weekend I immediately noticed the Saturday night line up and I knew I needed to be there. So the wife and I made the snap decision to make the 2 1/2 road trip up to the land the Tebow built.

We arrived about two hours before the venue’s doors opened so we checked into our hotel before strolling out to find some food and liquor. This was my first time in downtown Gainesville that I can recall and I have to admit, it was kind of cute. I miss the brick streets of my hometown and downtown Gatorville was flush with those. After a quick meal complete with a couple of Hurricanes we headed down to The Atlantic to make sure we didn’t miss anyone.

My initial impression of The Atlantic was that it should be in Austin. It so reminds me of a Mexican restaurant that closes the kitchen during SxSW, takes out all the tables and becomes a music venue for the week.


Greenland Is Melting took the stage first and commenced to just kill it. I like these guys more and more each time I see them. This time around the band had a fella sitting in on electric guitar which really added a nice element to their sound. Jon Gaunt, as would be the case throughout the night, sat in on a few songs with the guys as well. I said it when I first wrote about these guys and I’ll reiterate it now, Greenland Is Melting is, to me, what The Avette Brothers should sound like. Check them out if you get a chance.

Greenland Is Melting – The Kitchen Song
Greenland Is Melting – No More Sorry Songs


I know this might be blasphemous for some to read but it was The Takers playing more so than a Chuck Ragan show that really made me decide this was a show worth driving for and they were up next. In preparation I did the only proper thing one can do before a Takers show, I ordered up a double whiskey ginger and took a spot up front center stage. What followed next was vintage Takers which is to say it was tipsy, loud and awesome. The band opened with a couple of new songs before launching into familiar territory from the album, Taker Easy. This was my second time hearing a few of the new tracks and I gotta say, they’re great. Hopefully the band will manage to get the money together to get them recorded one day. They closed their set with the bar room anthem and crowd favorite, Friends In Bottles.

The Takers – St. John’s Son
The Takers – Friends In Bottles

Hometown hero, Chuck Ragan closed the night out with style. Joined on stage by Gaunt and the rest of his band Chuck ran through songs from all of his solo-releases, Bristle Ridge and even pulled out a Hot Water Music (maybe more, I’m not overly familiar with HWM) all of which were performed in full accompaniment of the Gainesville crowd.

All in all, it was a great night and it felt awesome to get out on the road and put sime effort into attending a show again. Perhaps I’ll start doing it more often.

Chuck Ragan – Rotterdam
Chuck Ragan – Get ‘Em All Home

THE POOR WAYFARING STRANGER:


It’s been a while since I just wrote about a song (the others are here and here), and even though this won’t actually get posted for a week or more, tonight is made for a night of meditating on “Wayfaring Stranger”. This weekend was horribly overshadowed by death with an internet/real life acquaintance losing his wife many decades before he should have, and our tech guru, Trevor, losing a pet. I know some of you have no idea how sad losing a pet can be, but anyone who’s ever lost a household pet knows how dark that grieving process can actually be. To both Don and Trevor I offer my deepest condolences, and in my own weird way I’m writing about this song for y’all.

“The Wayfaring Stranger” or “Poor Wayfaring Stranger”, like most traditional folk songs, is of an unknown and oft-disputed origin. Depending on who you ask, the song’s origins are Appalachian Folk, Old Irish, or Catskills Folk, with some even theorizing that its origins rest in the Negro Spirituals and that there was a deliberate concealment of the song’s origins. Based on my own limited knowledge and experience from researching other traditional folk songs, I get the feeling that it either started in the slave fields of the old South or came to the Appalachian people via the Irish. Like most other traditional American folk songs there are thousands of variations of “Wayfaring Stranger”, which take great liberties in title, melody, harmony and lyrics. The version we’re most familiar with now was popularized in the middle of the twentieth century by musical researchers and performers such as Pete Seeger and Burl Ives.

The song tells of a wayfaring stranger’s hardships and struggles on this mortal coil and the final reward of reuniting with their loved ones in the afterlife. It has been covered by more people than you can shake a stick at, but here are some of my favorites:

The Standard:

Burl Ives – Wayfaring Stranger

My Favorites:

Scott H. Biram – Poor, Wayfaring Stranger
Laura Love – Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Strawfoot – Poor Wayfarin’ Stranger
Eva Cassidy – Wayfaring Stranger

The Best of the Rest:

16 Horsepower – Wayfaring Stranger
Doc WatsonMerle Watson – Wayfaring Stranger
Emmylou Harris – Wayfaring Stranger
Greenland is Melting – Wayfaring Stranger
Jack White – Wayfaring stranger
Johnny Cash – Wayfaring Stranger
Natalie Merchant – Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Neko Case – Wayfaring Stranger