SEAN'S LUCKY 13 OF 2011

Why 13, you ask? Well, it’s my favorite number and, conveniently, it is also the number of albums that grabbed my attention this year. Plus, I like the title of “Lucky 13” for my list.

13. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire. This is the album I’ve turned to all year whenever I’ve been in the mood to chill. Perfect for sitting back with a bottle of scotch. (Sound pretentious enough?)  On a side note, Ryan did a couple excellent covers of my music idol, Bob Mould, this year: Black Sheets of Rain (Live on Letterman) and Heartbreak a Stranger (Bob Mould Tribute Concert)

Ryan Adams – Chains Of Love

12. Foster and Lloyd – Its Already Tomorrow. This album out jangles The Byrds. The title track and “Lucky Number” are the best power-pop songs I’ve heard in years.

Foster and Lloyd – Lucky Number

11. R.E.M – Collapse Into Now. I doubt if R.E.M could have left after a better album, short of retiring after Automatic For The People (a valid argument). “Discoverer” may be their best opening track since “Begin the Begin” off Life’s Rich Pageant. “Uberlin” may simply the best song they’ve recorded in the past 10 years.

R.E.M. – Uberlin

10. Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories). Hayes gets the most attention for his romps and stomps, but his songwriting really shines on the slower songs.  “Another Like You” is a cleaver give and take with Cary Ann Hearst.

Hayes Carll – Stomp and Holler

9. Drive by Truckers – Go-Go Boots. One of the things about doing these lists is you go back to revisit albums from earlier in the year that you got burned out on. Sometimes you realize they weren’t as good as you thought. Other times they sound even better on the second “first” listen. This is the latter.

Drive-By Truckers – The Weakest Man

8. Have Gun, Will Travel – Mergers and Acquisitions. Pretty much everything Autopsy said.

Have Gun Will Travel – Freightliner

7. Dave Alvin – Eleven Eleven. No better CountryRockBlues album released this year. Like his songwriting, Dave’s baritone is as strong as ever. How did I overlook reviewing this? Gonna have to rectify that after the first of the year.

Dave Alvin – Johnny Ace Is Dead

6. The Decemberists – The King is Dead. I’m one of those who never got into The Decemberists before this album. But, being a REM-head since the mid-80s, it is in my DNA to adore this one. “Down By The Water” another of my songs of the year.

The Decemberists – Calamity Song

5. Jason Boland and The Stragglers – Rancho Alto. A true country album in every sense of the word. If anyone is carrying the “traditionalist banner”, it’s Jason. This album is proof. “Farmer’s Luck” ranks with Mellencamp’s “Rain on the Scarecrow” as one the great songs describing the troubles of the American farmer. “False Accuser’s Lament” is a prime example of Jason’s vivid storytelling.

Jason Boland & The Stragglers – False Accuser’s Lament

4. The Damn Quails – Down the Hatch. See review

The Damn Quails – Me and The Whiskey

3. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Here We Rest. Top notch songwriting, great band, great album. “Codeine” is one of my songs of the year, although “Go It Alone” might be the song that got the most play as it has helped me get through my separation and pending divorce.

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Go It Alone

2. Hellbound Glory – Damaged Goods. Anyone from Nashville that calls themselves “Outlaw Country” needs to listen to this and then hang their heads in shame. Review is upcoming next week.

Hellbound Glory – You Better Hope You Die Young

1. John Moreland and the Dust Bowl Souls – Everything the Hard Way. See review

John Moreland and the Dust Bowl Souls – Christian Rock

Bonus: Jody Booth – Nashville. Perfectly describes the corporate music machine in 2011.

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 11.24.11

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 November 24, 2011.

01. Possessed By Paul James – Feed The Family
02. American Aquarium – Cape Fear River
03. Scott H. Biram – Lost Case Of Being Found
04. Chris Cornell – Call Me A Dog
05. Hellbound Glory – Knocked Off That Horse
06. Have Gun Will Travel – Katharine, Don’t Fall Off The Wagon
07. Brett Detar – Cocaine, Whiskey & Heroin
08. Ben Nichols – It May Be Too Late
09. Otis Gibbs – Where Only The Graves Are Real
10. Black Diamond Heavies – Stitched In Sin
11. Jerry Lee Lewis – Meat Man
12. .357 String Band – I’m Gone
13. Old Crow Medicine Show – Minglewood Blues
14. Kingsley Flood – I Don’t Wanna Go Home
15. Hackensaw Boys – Radio
16. The Drive-By Truckers – Daddy Needs A Drink

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Episode 47: aired 11.24.2011

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 11.17.11

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 November 17, 2011.

01. Glossary – Little Caney
02. Merle Haggard – Working Man’s Blues
03. Drive-By Truckers – Outfit
04. Chris Knight – Enough Rope
05. Doop & The Inside Outlaws – What Am I Supposed To Do
06. Hellbound Glory – Bastard Child
07. Chuck Ragan – Nomad By Fate
08. Two Cow Garage – Alphabet City
09. Whitehorse – Emerald Isle
10. Sassparilla – Same Old Blues
11. Kingsley Blues – Mannequin Man
12. Have Gun Will Travel – Dream No More
13. The Decemberists – E. Watson
14. Jo Wymer – Dirty Secrets
15. Dan Bern – Wasteland

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Episode 46: aired 11.17.2011

NINEBULLETS.NET PODCAST: EPISODE 23

How y’all doing? It’s been a little while since we did one of these. I wish I had a real excuse but, to be honest, I don’t. I felt the pressure of doing a weekly radio show and as a result, the podcast got pushed to the background. Well, that’s not the case any longer and with that said, let’s focus on this show and not the missed shows of the past few months.

Once again out good friend from the Northwest, Lollyrae, sent us some beers and I went to drinking them during the podcast. You may remember that we did this once before and I was a little mixed on the results. While I did not get slurring drunk during this show I think I did a much better job describing the beers and making the trying of the beers a part of the show. I hope y’all think so too.

Speaking of the show. We’ve lots of good new stuff as well as some tunes you’re probably already quite familiar with. The show opens with a cover of Tom Petty’s “Refugee” by The Gaslight Anthem that I think rivals the original. Some of the other standout tracks include; Merle Haggard proving he still has it, Hellbound Glory showing there’s more to them than drug songs, Have Gun Will Travel showing there will be no sophomore slump with Mergers & Acquisitions, Shooter Jennings sending the pop country boys a message and Scott Hiram Biram doing what he does so well.

All that’s left is to press play on the music. So get to it and 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 find counts, and you can directly assist them in that effort by telling people about this podcast and others like it.

Track Listing:

01. The Gaslight Anthem – Refugee (from the iTunes Sessions)
02. Autopsy IV Commentary
03. Merle Haggard – working Man’s Blues (from Working In Tennessee)
04. Chris Knight – Enough Rope (from Enough Rope)
05. Doop and The Inside Outlaws – What Am I Supposed To Do (from What Am I Supposed To Do)
06. Autopsy IV Commentary
07. Sassparilla – Same Old Blues (from The Darndest Thing)
08. Gill Landry – Careless Love (from Piety & Desire)
09. James Leg – Drowning In Fire (from Solitary Pleasures)
10. Autopsy IV Commentary
11. Hellbound Glory – Bastard Child (from Damaged Goods)
12. Arliss Nancy – Wrong or Right (from Dance To Forget)
13. Have Gun Will Travel – To The Victor Goes The Spoils (from Mergers & Acquisitions)
14. Autopsy IV Commentary
15. The Decemberists – E. Watson (from Long Live The King)
16. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy (from the cd-single Lonely Boy)
17. Autopsy IV Commentary
18. Shooter Jennings – Outlaw You (from iTunes)
19. Chuck Ragan – Nomad By Fate (from Covering Ground)
20. Autopsy IV Commentary
21. American Anodyne – Bastard Sons Of The New Depression (from So, You Wanna Be A Bullfighter)
22. Scott H. Biram – I want My Mojo Back (from Bad Ingredients)



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PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 10.20.11

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 October 20, 2011.

01. Greenland Is Melting- No Matter What You See
02. Hellbound Glory – Bar Room Beauty
03. Whitey Morgan & The ’78’s – Honky Tonk Queen
04. Mickey Gilley – Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time
05. Have Gun Will Travel – Dream No More
06. Have Gun Will Travel – Katharine, Don’t Fall Off The Wagon
07. Have Gun Will Travel – Songs Of Seven Sisters
08. Have Gun Will Travel – To The Victor Goes The Spoils
09. Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley – Just Good Ol’ Boys
10. Charlie Daniles Band – Long Haired Country Boy
11. Hank Williams Jr. – Family Tradition
12. The Gaslight Anthem – Refugee
13. John Moreland – Christian Rock
14. Brown Bird – Fingers To The Bone
15. Moreland & Arbuckle – 18 Counties

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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 42: aired 10.20.2011

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 10.06.11

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 October 06, 2011.

01. Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – Drinkin’ Whiskey Tonight
02. David Frizzell – I’m Gonna Hire A Wino
03. Johnny Paycheck – 11 Months and 29 Days
04. Merle Haggard – Mama Tried
05. Hellbound Glory – Better Hope You Die Young
06. John Mellencamp – Troubled Land
07. Cam Penner – Thirteen
08. Darrel Scott – You’ll never leave Harlan alive
09. Gillian Welch – The Way It Goes
10. The Takers – Curse Of A Drunk
11. Have Gun Will Travel – Song Of Seven Sisters
12. Whiskey Gentry – Eula Mae
13. Waylon Jennings & The Old 97’s – The Other Shoe
14. Whitey Morgan & The 78’s – Honky Tonk Angel
15. Frank Turner – Glory Hallelujah

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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

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NEW SONG FROM HELLBOUND GLORY'S LEROY VIRGIL

This past Friday my wife, a friend and I were blessed with a Florida appearance from the scumbag country sensations out of Reno, Nevada; Hellbound Glory. When I say my wife, a friend and I, I am not joking…there were, maybe, 4 other people in the bar and while it was very disheartening for me, it didn’t seem to phase the band one fucking bit.

They opened the show with about a 40 minute set from Leroy’s other project, The Excavators which included plenty of originals as well as a fantastic rework/cover of Kenny Rogers’, The Gambler before adding drums and morphing into Hellbound Glory.

I was skeptical of Hellbound Glory when I reviewed their album here on 9B but having seen them live I am now a believer, or perhaps I should say I am now a believer in Leroy Virgil. That dude is the real deal and we, as a musical community, should begin to embrace him. Also, while I enjoyed the shit out of seeing Hellbound Glory, I left being most excited about this Excavators project.

After the show, Leroy agreed to play a track from the upcoming Excavators album for me and I am super excited to bring it to y’all this morning. This is Leroy performing, “Living That Way (You Better Hope You Die Young)”…as a side note, we were all pretty wasted by this point:


This is a video that surfaced right after SxSW that features Leroy performing another Excavators song called “Third World County Line”:


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