GUEST POST: HILL COUNTRY REVUE – ZEBRA RANCH

Autopsy IV is on his annual pilgrimage to strap a board to the bottom of his feet and slide down mountains. While he is away 9B will feature a collection of guest posts. Today’s post comes from our good buddy and regular contributor, Adam Fenwick.


Anyone thinking that Hill Country Revue’s first offering, Make A Move, was a fluke need only pick up their sophomore effort, Zebra Ranch, to find they were horribly mistaken.

Made up of new material and a few covers (including a smoking version of blues standard Going Down and The Rolling Stones’s Wild Horses), Zebra Ranch (which is named after the late Jim Dickinson’s home recording studio, where both Hill Country Revue albums were recorded) picks up right where Make A Move left off. With the same funkified guitars, rhythm and sound that made the first record so immensely fun, Hill Country Revue has, in this mans opinion, stepped to the top of funk/southern rock/blues heap.

While I love the North Mississippi Allstars (and I truly do), I really feel like Hill Country Revue has kicked N.M.A. to the proverbial curb (editor note: Autopsy IV agrees) and taken over the mantel as the better of the two bands (even though the bands share two members, Cody Dickinson and Chris Chew). If you like blues blended with funk and some old fashioned southern rock, pick up Hill Country Revue is your kind of band.

Like all good records, Zebra Ranch is best played loud. So pick it up, turn it up and rock until the cows (or zebras) come home. Yeah, I know that was lame. Just pick up the damn record. You won’t regret it.

Hill Country Revue – Going Down
Hill country Revue – Zebra Ranch

Hill Country Revue’s Official Site, Hill Country Revue on Facebook, Buy Zebra Ranch (currently only 5 dollars)

[GUEST POST] ROCK REPORT: DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS @ THE HOUSE OF BLUES IN MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.

Autopsy IV: This post comes from a long time ninebullets.net reader, Adam Fenwick. It’s nice to see a review of the Truckers. It’s been so long since they’ve come to the Tampa Bay area I’ve almost forgotten what THE ROCK SHOW is like. Hope y’all enjoy.


It had been more than a year since I last saw the best damn band on the planet, the Drive-By Truckers, live in concert, which is far too long. So, when my brothers girlfriend emailed me asking if I knew anyone interested in attending a DBT show at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Aug. 21, I immediately thought of myself.

So, I took a day off of work and made the four hour drive to Wilmington, N.C., to meet up with my brother and his girlfriend before driving the additional hour and a half to Myrtle Beach. The trip itself was nothing compared to the party that would ensue in the House of Blues.

We arrived just as Tift Merritt was starting up her set before the ROCK SHOW. I’ve heard some of her music before, but I can honestly say I was never very impressed with her, but she was certainly a good opening act that warmed up the crowd before the main event.

When the Truckers finally hit the stage after the half-hour lull between sets, the crowd was more then ready. They opened with The Great Car Dealer War and the ROCK SHOW was on.

One Of These Days? Check. Love Like This? Check. Lookout Mountain? Check.

At one point, Patterson calmly stopped the show and began to talk about the recently past Jim Dickinson, the father of Cody & Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars. He thanked Mr. Dickinson for all of his efforts through the years and dedicated “Let There Be Rock” to the legendary pianist.

In addition to all the regular DBT staples, like Road Cases (with extended intro), Heathens and Women Without Whiskey, a few new ones were pulled out. Shonna sang what had to be a new song since I’ve never heard it before and there was at least one other song, sung by Patterson or Cooley, that I wasn’t familiar with either. New material they are testing out perhaps?

As the show moved forward the band pulled out all the stops, including a booming cover of Neil Young‘s “Keep On Rockin’ In The Free World” that had the crowd in an absolute craze. In fact, the crowd may have been a bit too crazy, because for the second-straight time at a DBT show, a fight broke out right in front of me. One guy, who had been asked to chill by security once already, was being escorted out by being pulled over the front guardrail when all hell broke loose.

Two guys got to shoving and throwing punches and my brothers girlfriend was nearly thrown to the ground in the confusion (which didn’t sit well with him at all). But, just as he always does, Patterson took the incident in stride by saying as the hooligans were escorted out by security: “That’s what you get for trying to fuck up our rock show!”

Oh, and least I forget, one guy got on stage but was promptly ripped in half by two security guards. Ahh…what a fun night at the ROCK SHOW.

Anyway, the band closed with an amazing version of “Angels and Fuselage” which I’ve never heard live before. As the song wound down each member of the band, starting with Patterson, simply put their instrument down, waved to the crowd and exited the stage. It was a classy ending to a great ROCK SHOW.

Drive-By Truckers – Let There Be Rock
Drive-By Truckers – The Living Bubba
Drive-By Truckers – Perfect Timing

The songs are off the Truckers latest album, Live From Austin, Texas (9b write up) which can be purchased here.