PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 01.19.12

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 January 19, 2012

01. Hank Williams III – Pills I Took
02. Willy Tea Taylor – Wandering Boy
03. Charlie Parr – To A Scrapyard Bus Stop
04. Possessed By Paul James – Ferris Wheel
05. The Deep Dark Woods – The Gallows
06. Bob Frank & John Murry – Bubba Rose, 1961
07. Conway Twitty – I’d Love To Lay You Down
08. Low Cut Connie – Big Thighs, NJ
09. Deadman – Oh Delilah!
10. Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil – Blue Eyed Blonde
11. The Fox Hunt – I’ll Drink Cheap
12. The Coloradas – 8 Ball Blues
13. The Pine Hill Haints – Spirit of 1812
14. The Yawpers – Worthless
15. Reba McEntire – The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia

Bold = Request

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Episode 55: aired 01.19.2012

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 12.15.11

EDIT: I just realized that this was my 50th episode. So, Yay!

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 December 15, 2011.

01. Grayson Capps – Big Ol’ Woman
02. Chris Knight – Enough Rope
03. Chuck Allen Floyd – Hard Times
04. John Moreland & The Dust Bowl Souls – Low
05. Smokestack & The Foothill Fury – Death March
06. Willy Tea Taylor – Wrong Way To Run
07. Brett Detar – This World Ain’t Got Nothing
08. The Porter Draw – Davey
09. Hank Williams III – Country Heroes
10. The Charlie Daniels Band – Long Haired Country Boy
11. Scorpios – Moonshiner
12. Shooter Jennings – The Deed and The Dollar
13. Joe Pug – Unsophisticated Heart
14. Matt Woods – Deadman’s Blues
15. The Cave Singers – No Prosecution If We Bail
16. Scott H. Biram – Blood, Sweat & Murder

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.

Episode 50: aired 12.15.2011

THE ROCK REPORT: HANK III @ THE STATE THEATRE; ST. PETERSBURG, FL.


[Photo by: Jeff O’Kelley]

Saturday night, the wife and I braved the torrential downpour and ventured out to the State Theatre to see Hank III and his traveling band. Due to some issues with openers in the past few months, Hank is currently (and for the unforeseeable future) touring without any opening acts, which would normally make me pretty happy but III has a history of bringing some pretty good bands out on the road with him. Anyhow, due to the aforementioned rains, we arrived frighteningly late and worried about having missed the beginning of the show only to find ourselves standing around for a good hour, making the lack of an opener even more painful.

Some of you might be wondering, given my stance on III’s recent albums, why I would even bother going to a III show at all. Well, truth is, the fact that the wife and I would get in for free certainly aided in the decision, but there’s also the fact that I’ve never said the dude puts on a bad show. No. Redundant topics and tired material aside, Hank III live is still a show worth going to see and this especially rainy Saturday night was no different.

Once the band took the stage, the format was pretty standard: country, Hellbilly, country and Assjack. Hank took the stage and immediately took command of what had to be a capacity crowd. The opening country set came in pretty short, with the band only playing three or four numbers before being joined on stage by Assjack frontman Gary Lindsey [pictured after the jump] for the Hellbilly set.

Now, I gotta say, I’ve seen Hank III a lot of times, and this was probably the best Hellbilly set I’ve ever seen from him. The band was tight, the sound was great and Lindsey’s growls, screams and backing vocals were spot on and perfect. By the time the Hellbilly set was winding down the excessively drunk masses from the pits were starting to stumble their way towards the back, stepping on feet, spilling beers and being the nuisance I typically am, so the wife and I drifted towards the back / lobby area for the remainder of the country set. (I’ve seen III live enough to know what he looks like, I just need to hear him these days.)

Hank made up for the short duration of the initial country set with the second that stretched on for over an hour. They did a really good job of interspersing the newer (not as good/bad) material in with his older (awesome) stuff so that I, an avowed nonfan of his recent material, never started looking at my watch, wanting the set to be over. That said, as is typical for me, I left before the Assjack began. I love the fact that he plays the Assjack set, but I’m only lukewarm to it on CD and do not like it live at all.

In the end, the show really reinforced my overall opinion of III these days. You can see the talent in him, but the last two albums have just felt, in a word, lazy. The songs don’t even come off well in a live environment. As I said when reviewing The Rebel Within, hopefully the last two albums were put out to get off Curb Records and now that he’s free we’ll see a return to Straight To Hell form.

Hopefully.

Hank III – Country Heroes
Hank III – Pills I Took

HANK III – THE REBEL WITHIN (OR: HAVEN'T I HEARD THIS SONG BEFORE?)


First, I’d just like to say that I am a Hank III fan. I’ve been a fan since before ninebullets started, and I’ll be a fan of most of his back catalog long after ninebullets goes dark. With that said, despite having defended Damn Right, Rebel Proud, and this album essentially being the same thing, I find The Rebel Within to be redundant, uninspired at times and down right juvenile at others. I dunno, maybe I’m just moving on or maybe now, two albums removed from Straight To Hell, I am not willing to overlook the cliche anymore. The real fuck of it, the rub if you will, is that you know it’s in there, it flashes once on Rebel Within in the form of “Karmageddon”. I know some are gonna say that this was just something he pushed out to get out from under Curb Records, and if that’s the case I say fine, but no one should buy it. If he was so eager to get away from Curb that he was willing to cobble together a set of songs that should have been on a garage band’s cutting room floor, then he shouldn’t expect people to buy it (viva la torrent!).

Honestly, I hope that’s the case, but my fear is that Straight To Hell was III’s country high water mark and that his real passion lies in Assjack and whatnot cause at this point his “country” thing is turing into little more than a silly caricature.

The good: Hank III – Karmageddon
The bad: Hank III – Gettin’ Drunk and Fallin’ Down
The ugly: Hank III – The Rebel Within

Hank III’s Official Site, Hank III on myspace, Buy The Rebel Within

STREAM THE NEW HANK III ALBUM: REBEL WITHIN


Many thanks to Triggerman over @ Saving Country Music for pointing this out to me. You can stream the entire new album from Hank III, The Rebel Within (release date May 25) over on Amazon. According to Triggerman if you wanna give it a listen you need not hesitate cause the tracks will likely be replaced with samples pretty soon.

I am listening now and so far it seems like pretty typical Hank III material: He’s an outlaw who drinks and takes drugs. A lot more country sounding than the last though.

NINEBULLETS.NET OCTOBER 2009 BEER/PODCAST:


Well, well, well, here it is. The first themed podcast and we decided to do the dual (collab, if you will) themes of Murder Ballads and Beer. The murder ballads came from y’all’s emails and my admittedly shit memory, while the beer came from Rogue Brewery courtesy our Portland friend Lollyrae. I hope I did okay, but I have to admit I am lacking a little confidence on this one. I think the main problem is that I wasn’t too sure how I was gonna do it before I started it, then I realized midway through that I needed to cut it off due to file size and my podcast host. That said, a couple more of these and I think I could have it down to an art…not that it matters. This bad boy is done, so let’s talk about it.

As I said, this month’s podcast features murder ballads and devil songs. I had asked for people to email me their suggestions and got enough songs that I could have done a two hour show, and that’s before I put in the songs I wanted to include. THEN, to add more time, I had all that wonderful (and some not so wonderful) beer to talk about! I’m really curious to know if y’all think it turned out very good. If I didn’t include your song, it’s probably not because I didn’t like it, I just ran out of time. Hopefully, next month we’re gonna be doing another one of these featuring Florida bands and Florida craft beers.

Y’all have a happy Halloween and check back here tomorrow for a Strawfoot giveaway. Til’ then, here is the tracklisting for this month’s show, please tell your friends and Facebook/Twitter followers about it. I’ll greatly appreciate it.

~ Autopsy IV (twitter/facebook/myspace)

October 2009 Tracklisting:

  1. Bone Thugs & Harmony – Neighborhood Slang [00.00.00]
  2. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.01.29]
  3. Violent Femmes – Country Death Song [00.03.38]
  4. Gillian Welch – Caleb Meyer [00.08.35]
  5. Bob Frank & John Murray – Bubba Rose, 1961 [00.11.32]
  6. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.14.39]
  7. The Eagles – Take The Devil [00.16.39]
  8. Jay Farrar – Devil In Disguise [00.20.26]
  9. Joan Osborne – Man In The Long Black Coat [00.24.02]
  10. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.28.52]
  11. Have Gun Will Travel – That Ol’ Death Rattle [00.30.24]
  12. Old Crow Medicine Show – My Good Gal [00.33.20]
  13. Okkervil River – Westfall [00.37.36]
  14. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.43.26]
  15. Scott H. Biram – I See The Light/What’s His Name [00.45.08]
  16. Strawfoot – Cursed Neck [00.52.15]
  17. Uncle Sinner – Shady Grove [00.56.39]
  18. Those Poor Bastards – A Bone To Pick [00.58.25]
  19. Sons of Perdition – Psalm of Retribution [00.59.33]
  20. Autopsy IV Commentary [01.03.38]
  21. Hank III – Cocaine Blues [01.05.09]
  22. Amy Lavere – Killing Him [01.08.57]
  23. Tim Barry – Dog Bumped [01.11.57]
  24. Autopsy IV Commentary [01.16.08]
  25. Chris Knight – Down The River [01.08.20]

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TAMPA/ST. PETE: TO DO: SATURDAY NIGHT: TRUCKSTOP COFFEE @ NEW WORLD BREWERY / JOE BUCK @ THE EMERALD

Oh, Tampa/St. Pete. Please, please, please don’t let me down. The DJ and his records and that theme night at [insert club here] will all be there next weekend, and every monotonous weekend thereafter, but Truckstop Coffee and Joe Buck are only gonna be here this weekend. Get out and see a show…

TRUCKSTOP COFFEE @ NEW WORLD BREWERY, YBOR CITY


One of the bands routinely championed on ninebullets.net and on the podcast is Lake Worth’s Truckstop Coffee (pictured above, photo by elawgrrl). Saturday night they’ll be at New World Brewery celebrating the release of their excellent new CD, For Dear Life. The album has been out for a couple of weeks now, and if I hadn’t been such a lazy bastard lately, there would already be a glowing review of it posted here for me to link to, but if you like your rock ‘n’ roll in the vein of Two Cow Garage and Lucero, you’ll dig the band.  If you wanna maximize your drunken sing-along opportunities, then head on over to their site, buy a digital copy of the album and listen to it nonstop from now until Saturday night (it’s offered on a pay-what-you-want basis). Then we’ll all raise a glass and sing them old sad songs together whilst buying lots of merchandise and supporting our Florida-grown talents.

The band has been running around the Southeast for the past couple of weeks in support of For Dear Life, and apparently the road decided to bite back. Larry, the drummer, fell head first into a campfire, which resulted in a couple of nights in a Georgia burn unit (for his hand, not his head). Bob, the bassist, managed to break a rib, and then Caleb and Pete witnessed a truck flipping on the interstate at 70 mph. In other words, the band could really use some support right now. I’m hoping you guys will come through.

Truckstop Coffee – Ghost Or An Angel
Truckstop Coffee – Laredo Skies

JOE BUCK @ THE EMERALD, DOWNTOWN ST. PETERSBURG


Some of you live on the other side of the water than New World (like myself) and don’t wanna drive across the bridge, drink beer and then have to drive back. I get that and it’s a valid reason to stay home. Normally. But this Saturday we’re blessed with shows on both sides of the Bay, ’cause the devil that is Joe Buck (former Hank III bassist) is back in town and will be preaching his tales of murder and Satan at The Emerald. I think this will be a much improved venue for Joe from the Dave’s Aqua Lounge shows of past. I think that getting him off that stage and down on the floor and into the mix will work wonders for his show. Trust me, I think you’ll enjoy Buck’s performance and The Emerald is the perfect place to see it.

Joe Buck – Devil Is On His Way
Joe Buck – Evil Motherfucker From Tennessee

So there you go. Two awesome shows, one on each side of the water, no fucking excuses. Come out, watch a rock show and drink beer with regular people…no Axe Body Spray or bedazzled Ed Hardy shirts required.

ASSJACK – ASSJACK

Holy Fuck.

There. Review done.

What? Five words is too short for you? You need more? Okay, but be warned, I feel as though everything from here to the end is, in my opinion, unnecessary.

Assjack is the metal alter-ego of Shelton Hank Williams, or perhaps Hank III is the country alter-ego of Shelton. Really, as any Hank Williams III concert vet can attest, Hank does both with such fluidity it’s hard to tell where his heart really lies. To quote the Drive-By Truckers, “such is the duality of the Southern man.”

Regardless of who is the alter of whom, we’re here to talk about Assjack today, so let’s get to it.

As I said before, Assjack is the metal side of Shelton, and Curb Records has finally seen fit to let him release Assjack upon the unsuspecting masses. I’d downloaded and heard all of the Assjack bootlegs over the years but I really was not expecting what I heard the first time I played this album. I guess seeing “Tennessee Driver” as the first track I was expecting to hear something slightly heavier than the hellbilly material on the bootlegs.

Wrong.

Sonically, it feels like the metal/thrash of my youth, which makes sense since Hank and I are the same age. Vocally, it’s all snarls, screams and expletives. Perfect for a case of road rage or coke-fueled acid trips. My only real complaint about the cd is that by the end of its 10 tracks I am thoroughly burned out on the vocal effects employed.

While the cd will not be in heavy rotation around the 18th Ave. Compound it definitely has a place in my cd collection. Check it out:

Assjack – Tennessee Driver
Assjack – Gravel Pit

Hank III’s Official Site, Assjack on myspace, Buy Assjack

ASSJACK TO ACTUALLY GET A PROPER RELEASE (FILE UNDER: HOLY SHIT!)

STOP THE PRESSES!!!!

Assjack, the metal/hellbilly side of Hank III‘s persona is not only getting a proper release. The fucking thing is coming out on Curb Records.

To say this is surprising is a massive understatement. It’s currently slated for an August 4 release date (pre-order here) so that gives Mike Curb and Co. plenty of time to push it back or otherwise fuck with something we, the record buying public, want to hear.

And if past actions are a proper indicator of the future…they will.

Hank III & Assjack – Tennessee Driver
Hank III & Assjack – Hellbilly Joker
Hank III & Assjack – Runnin’ & Gunnin’

WAYNE "THE TRAIN" HANCOCK – VIPER OF MELODY

I figured there would be no better segue from Dale Watson than the new Wayne “the train” Hancock album. Now, to be honest, most of my Hancock knowledge has been gleaned from the Hank III fan base and up until Viper of Melody I’d never owned any of his cds. That’s due to change.

Much like Watson, Wayne makes no effort to intermingle genres, he just pens Texas juke-joint country swing music and he does a damned good job of it.

Now sometimes with ninebullets I find myself feeling the need to put more words in a post. More description. More back story. Sometimes though, in hindsight, I feel as if I muddied the waters more than anything and I *will not* do that to this album. I’m gonna post three songs and they’ll describe and define this album better than words ever could. So, check out this ex-Marine outta Austin, Texas.

Readers: What album should I buy next?

Wayne Hancock – Jump Blues
Wayne Hancock – Throwin’ Away My Money
Wayne Hancock – Working at Working

Wayne Hancock’s Official Site, Wayne Hancock on myspace, Buy Viper of Melody

EDIT: Turns out today in Wayne’s birthday. Happy Birthday!