JASON EADY – DAYLIGHT & DARK

daylight and dark

 

I have never been in a honkytonk (I don’t know if it’s one word or two, even). I’ve been in very few restaurants that offered complimentary peanuts without irony, my only cowboy hat was a gift from someone who bought it in Northern California, and my first real exposure to country music was the film Walk the Line. The first time I saw someone play pedal steel live was at a Lucero concert. What I’m saying is, I am probably not the individual who can discern what makes “real” country music.

With that caveat out of the way, I’m pretty sure that Jason Eady is as authentic as it gets.  Listen to the walking bass line and simple pedal steel crying on “One, Two…Many”, and a begrudging (or eager!) smile is sure to come to your face. Eady has a clear voice with plenty of twang but none of the staged warbling quality of certain pop country artists. The instrumentation is clean and deliberate; you may not hear a new and innovative sound on this record, but the traditional approach really allows Eady’s songwriting to shine.

Several of his tracks do a fantastic job of capturing the mature nature of love lost. Bittersweet and melancholy instead of raw and bleeding, Eady’s songs are more for the person who knows how badly they’ve messed up instead of the ones searching for a reason why. “We Just Might Miss Each Other” is a fun romp through the always-pleasant activity of knowing your ex will be at the bar but going anyway, and the following title track “Daylight & Dark” is the perfect somber and sober follow-up to a night that didn’t go how you had hoped, wanted, or expected. Speaking as someone who has wandered home at dawn plenty of times, one eye blearily closed against the rising sun, more often than not what you need is a quiet voice murmuring to you and not the raging of electric guitars:

“There ain’t no conversation between the daylight and the dark,

It’s a worn out situation when you don’t know where you are”

Daylight & Dark is a solid album with a few tracks that are sure to get stuck in your head, and a few more than are going to get you stuck in there too. It may not be as gritty as some of our normal 9b fare, but sometimes the wound stings worse when you clean it. What a terrible metaphor.

One, Two…Many
We Just Might Miss Each Other (feat. Courtney Patton)
Daylight & Dark

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THE NINEBULLETS.NET PODCAST: EPISODE 26

Holy shit. Like Poltergeist 2: we’re baaaaaack.

For now.

I cover it in the show, but I apologize for the massive break between shows. For the time being, I can’t say there won’t be another multi-month gap between shows and it’s gonna be that way for the remainder of 2012. It sucks, but sometimes real life takes hold. That said, I did make a show and that’s why you’re here, so let’s talk about that…

I have a show for y’all this time around that hits all the bases. Sometimes it rocks, sometimes it’s mellow. Sometimes it’s brand new, sometimes it’s…..well, it’s always pretty new. Some of the highlights on what is a show stacked with awesome are: McDougall, The Great Unknowns, Alone At 3AM, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, and Sturgill Simpson & The High Top Mountain Boys.

All that’s left is to press play on this motherfucker. So what are you waiting on? 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 finds counts, and you can directly assist them in that effort by telling people about this podcast and others like it.

Track Listing: [Artist – Song – Album]

01. McDougall – Ready, Begin – A Few Towns More
02. Tim Barry – Thing Of The Past – 28th & Stonewall
03. Autopsy IV Commentary
04. Elway – Dear Colorado – Hence My Optimism EP
05. Alone At 3AM – Another Round – Midwest Mess
06. I Can Lick Any SOB In The House – Bad Days Ahead – The Sounds Of Dying
07. Autopsy IV Commentary
08. The Great Unknowns – Dead River, Lake County – Homefront
09. First Aid Kit – The Lions Roar – The Lions Roar
10. The Mastersons – You Don’t Know – Birds Fly South
11. Autopsy IV Commentary
12. The Mynabirds – Generals – Generals
13. River Giant – Pink Flamingos – River Giant
14. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Righteous, Ragged Songs – There Is A Bomb In Gilead
15. Autopsy IV Commentary
16. Sturgill Simpson & The High Top Mountain Boys (Sunday Valley) – I Don’t Mind – To The Wind And On To Heaven
17. Jason Eady – AM Country Heaven – AM Country Heaven
18. Marley’s Ghost – Hank and Audrey – Jubilee
19. Autopsy IV Commentary
20. OFF! – Feelings Were Meant To Be Hurt – OFF!


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PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 06.07.2012

Last night was the 75th episode of Ninebullets Radio! Pretty cool. I just wish I’d noticed it last night. Oh well. It’s still pretty neat and hopefully there will be 75 more and maybe some of those will be 2 hours long.

I may not have realized/remembered that it was the 75th week of Ninebullets Radio but the track listing still ended up being something special. Some shows are better than others and I truly feel like last night’s was one of the best I’ve done in a while. It had a little of everything; country, punk blues, rock, men singers, women singers, local and national bands. Not sure how it came out so well but I’m glad it did so make sure you put some ears on the archived stream of the show and thanks for tuning in.

Below is the playlist for June 07, 2012

01. McDougall – 18 Days Of Rain
02. Todd Farrell – Take It Slow
03. Truckstop Darlin’ – Sad Sweet Songs
04. Greenland Is Melting – Always
05. Nook & Cranny – Woke Up In Love
06. First Aid Kit – Emmylou
07. Jason Eady – AM Country Heaven
08. Marley’s Ghost – Hank And Audrey
09. Shooter Jennings – The Long Road Ahead
10. River Giant – I Permute This Marriage
11. Langhorne Slim & The Law – The Way We Move
12. Brothers Of The Last Watch – The Wind
13. American Aquarium – Good Fight
14. Two Cow Garage – Sweet Saint Me
15. Those Crosstown Rivals – Bad Nasty

Bold = Request

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Episode 75: aired 06.07.2012

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 05.31.2012

I was back in the saddle last night after taking a week off and boy howdy it sure felt good. As you can see from the image above, the ninebullets radio stickers came in this week as well. I plan on using them during the next pledge drive so be on the lookout for more info sometime on July about how to get one, should you want one.

Last night’s episode opens with a Doc Watson tune in remembrance of him before launching into a “summer themed” set. The show also features a double dose of one of my favorite new artist finds, McDougall. We get one of his solo songs and follow it up with a track from his project The Brothers Of The Last Watch which also features one of the fellas from Hillstomp. The show also includes new tunes from Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Mastersons, Possessed By Paul James, Otis Gibbs and lots more. If that sounds like the good stuff and you’ve got an hour, go put some ears on the archived stream of the showand thanks for tuning in.

Below is the playlist for May 31, 2012

01. Doc Watson – Columbus Stockade Blues
02. Two Cow Garage – Soundtrack To My Summer
03. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House – Hotter Hell
04. McDougall – Around This Fire
05. Brothers Of The Last Watch – Frank T. James
06. Ryan Purcell & The Last Round – Cover Your Tracks
07. Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls – #1 With A Bullet
08. Jason Eady – AM Country Heaven
09. Greenland Is Melting – No More Sorry Songs
10. Possessed By Paul James – When It Breaks
11. The Mastersons – You Don’t Know
12. Hurray for The Riff Raff – Born To Win (Part One)
13. Otis Gibbs – Detroit Steel
14. The Cult – Amnesia

Bold = Request

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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 74: aired 05.31.2012

JASON EADY — AM COUNTRY HEAVEN

All over the internets you can find those that are unhappy with the Country music you hear coming out of the radio. Although there is some debate how large the group is, there is no doubt they are vocal. Just hang around SavingCountryMusic.com for any length of time if you don’t believe me. If you fall into this group, AM Country Heaven is a must have for your collection.

Instead of straddling the fence, as many country artists do, and putting out an album with a classic country “feel”, Jason has gone head first into recreating classic country. There is no updating the sound here. From the start you are transported back to the 70s.

The CD opens with the title track, which can only be described as the ultimate song for the country disenfranchised. Inspired by a line from a guy after a show in Luckenbach, TX, who said, “Welcome to Hill Country, home of AM country heaven and FM country hell,” it laments the death of traditional country and condemns the rise of pop country.

After venting his frustration, Jason moves on for the rest of the album to more typical traditional country topics: hard times, hard drinkin’, and hard love. “Old Guitar” sounds like it could have come from any Waylon album. “Longer Walk in the Rain” could easily fit into Keith Whitley’s catalog. And on “Paid My Dues”, when Jason sings, “Maybe it’s the cocaine, maybe it’s the pills, maybe it’s the habits, maybe it’s the bills,” it doesn’t take a large leap to imagine Hank Sr. singing that same line. One of the highlights of the CD is an outstanding duet with Patty Loveless, “Man on a Mountain”. Jason’s breathy twang flows easily with Patty’s iconic vocals, which are as strong as ever.

It’s clear from listening to this CD Jason’s love for old country runs deep. To be able write songs so uniquely true to the history of country music, Jason must know that history inside and out. And for those who deeply love that history, it is a relief to know that there are young musicians who love that history as well. There is hope that it won’t fade away.

Jason Eady – AM Country Heaven
Jason Eady – Man On A Mountain
Jason Eady – Paid My Dues

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