I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard a single song from The Goddamn Gallows outside of last Friday’s show at The Local here in St. Pete. I’d probably never have heard of them if it weren’t for the fact that Jayke Orvis joined them (something confirmed by the internets but he wasn’t at the show), and I definitely wouldn’t have gone out to see them that night had they not been opening for the evil muthafucker from Tennessee, Joe Buck.

So there I sat at a table in the back of the venue as they set up and performed a sound check. The people I was sitting with were talking about walking down to another bar until Buck came on and I was contemplating joining them once it was confirmed that Jayke had not been seen. Finally, it was decided we’d wait and see what they were like but it was agreed upon that “they had better be rad as hell or we’re out”.

The band started playing without so much as a “hello”, just a moment’s silence after soundchecking and then BLAM, the entire band lurched forward and it was fucking on. I don’t think anyone at my table of smug lasted 30 seconds before they were up and walking towards the stage. Over the course of about an hour I watched these guys put everything they had into a show that was comprised of more spit than a Shackshakers show, plenty of theatrics, members swapping instruments, blistering rock and roll, and the occasional drummer moving parts of his kit into the crowd for a portion of the song. Above all of that, though, we watched a band honestly enjoy themselves for an hour or so, and for that I thank them.

If they’re coming through your neck of the woods, go enjoy the fuck out of them. If you’re already a fan, what cd should I start with?

The Goddamn Gallows – Born 2 Lie
The Goddamn Gallows – Everybody Dies


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…


One of the bands routinely championed on 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


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.


Normally I don’t write about compilations. Matter a fact, I don’t even listen to them.  The only other compilation I ever wrote about on here was the Hillgrass Bluebilly tribute to Hank Williams Sr. and Huddie Ledbetter, Hiram and Huddie, and just like it, it took an artist roster full of familiar bands for me to entertain it.

Honestly, when I got Rodentia I did not expect to like the compilation. I was just looking at a roster of familiars; Those Poor Bastards, Sons of Perdition, O’Death and Joe Buck Yourself and just hoping to stumble upon another doom country band I might like. What I got was 34 tracks of doom country that could easily be described as the goth-country/dark-roots bible in the form of a double-disc release.

To say it was an ambitious project would be an understatement. The goal of the compilation isn’t just to introduce you to to goth-country/dark-roots sound. It’s laid out in a way so that you’re introduced and slowly guided into the whole sound through its 10 chapter design. If you’ve ever thought this might be a genre of music you would want to look into then, quite simply, this cd is here to act as your gateway drug. If, like me, you’re already a disciple of the heavy-hitters of the goth-country sound then let this comp expose you to some of the up and comers in the scene like Strawfoot or Uncle Sinner.

We’ll be writing about a lot of the bands featured on this comp in the coming weeks/months and Devil’s Ruin Records has earned a new fan in ninebullets based on this Essential Listening release.

Strawfoot – Damnation Way (from Chapter I – Marrow Gruel Victuals)
Uncle Sinner – When Jesus Comes (from Chapter III – Battle & Reign)
Tom Baxendale – Her Ghost (from Chapter III – Battle & Reign)
Sons of Perdition (w/Lonesome Wyatt & Dad Horse Ottn) – Psalm of Nod (from Chapter VIII – Diablerie)

Devil’s Ruin Records Official Site, Devil’s Ruin Records on myspace, Buy Rodentia: The Best of Dark Roots Music


In an effort to take all of your drinking money this weekend Dave’s is following the Mojo Guru’s CD release party in Friday night with a double bill of magnificent proportions; .357 String Band and Deep Blues Festival. Enjoy it and come out to Dave’s…it’ll be a good time:”>Joe Buck. The last time Joe came to town I wasn’t really that much of a fan. I basically went to see the opening act and be a head in the crowd. By show’s end, Joe had won me over and I said as much in my show review:

Now, I’m gonna be honest. I’m not really a fan of Joe’s recorded material. I just can’t get past the muddy production and the songs really aren’t that interesting to me. That said, what fails to captivate on cd flourishes in a live setting. Turns out, Joe writes the kind of music you need to be in the same room with. Joe, hunched over a guitar, red uplight casting eerie shadows, his hyperactive left leg smashing out a back-beat on an old bass drum while he recites lyrics of murder and satan through gritted teeth. I started wishing I had listened to his cds more so I could join the crowd in singing along.

The .357 String Band comes looking like 1/2 an industrial rock band and 1/2 a country band. You would not expect lucking banjos, spinning upright bass and blended harmonies from these kids from Wisconsin but don’t let em fool you. Their Live show have been referred to as “Hoe-down meets Throw-down” by many a reviewer and their mix of old-school country/traditional mountain music and punk is sure to delight fans across a number of genres. The .357 String Band came through last November and damn near broke through the stage and unless they’ve gone back and fixed it’s floor I suspect they’ll succeed this time. As a favor to you guys I’m including the .357 String Band’s set from last years Deep Blues Festival. Enjoy it and come out to Dave’s…it’ll be a good time:

  1. Cluck Ol’ Hen
  2. Fire And Hail
  3. Milwaukee Here I Come
  4. banter
  5. One More Round
  6. banter
  7. Down On A Bender
  8. Shot Down
  9. Glory Amen
  10. Unknown Song
  11. banter
  12. Evil On My Mind
  13. banter
  14. Unknown Song
  15. banter
  16. Riot Act
  17. banter
  18. Rollin’ Down The Track
  19. Unknown Song
  20. Unknown Song
  21. Unknown Song
  22. Raise The Moon