Mix Tape – Train Songs

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This mix was inspired by the comments on my Top 5 Train Songs post both here and on my Facebook wall. I had to do a little curating but I tried not to do much. Some songs I couldn’t find a decent version of and some I had to pick which artist I was going to use. I didn’t duplicate artists or songs and we still ended up at 25 tracks! I really hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed the work involved in putting it together.

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 09.06.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

We did the damn thing. If you wanna hear it, put your ears on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for September 06, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Frank Turner – I Still Believe (England Keep My Bones)
02. Chuck Ragan – Vagabond (Till Midnight)
03. Cory Branan – Sour Mash (The No-Hit Wonder)
04. Tyler Childers and High Wall – Deadman’s Curve (Live At Red Barn Radio)
05. Justin Townes Earle – Wanna Be A Stranger (Single Mothers)
06. Chris Knight – Down the River (A Pretty Good Guy)
07. Joe Sundell – Mr. Z (The Hat Thief)
08. Joe Pug – Downbound Train (Deadman’s Town: A Tribute To Born In The USA)
09. Valerie June – Workin’ Woman Blues (Pushin’ Against A Stone)
10. Jason Isbell – Now That Your Dollar Bills Have Sprouted Wings (Beck’s Song Reader)
11. The Decemberists – Rox In The Box (The King Is Dead)
12. Benjamin Booker – Wicked Waters (Benjamin Booker)
13. The Gaslight Anthem – Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (Get Hurt)
14. Matt Woods – Ain’t No Living (With Love From Brushy Mountain)
15. The Takers – Friends in Bottles (Taker Easy)
16. Big Shoals – 12 Steps (Still Go On)
17. American Gun – Rock and Roll Won (Promised Youth)
18. Pine Hill Haints – Galaxy Buffalo (The Magik Sounds Of The Pine Hill Haints)
19. Dos Ringos – Long Time (Dos Ringos)
20. Lucero – I’ll Just Fall (Live From Atlanta)
21. The Wind + The Wave – Raising Hands Raising Hell Raise ‘Em High (From The Wreckage)
22. David Mayfield – Rain On My Parade (Strangers)
23. John Moreland – Blacklist (In The Throes)
24. Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound – This Damn Town (Self-Titled)
25. Snakehealers – Roadside (Cure All)
26. Shooter Jennings – Don’t Wait Up (I’m Playin’ Possum) (Don’t Wait Up For George)
27. Justin Payne – Gettin’ By (No Place Lower Than High)
28. Whitey Morgan and the 78’s – I Ain’t Drunk (Whitey Morgan and the 78’s)
29. William Elliot Whitmore – Johnny Law (Animals In The Dark)

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Episode 191: aired 09.06.2014

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 08.30.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

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Below is the playlist for August 30, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. John Anderson – Seminole Wind (Seminole Wind)
02. Brad Paisley – You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive (Part II)
03. Big Shoals – 12 Steps (Still Go On)
04. Todd May – Mercy (Rickenbacker Girls)
05. Chris Knight – Enough Rope (Enough Rope)
06. Otis Gibbs – The Darker Side Of Me (Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth)
07. Tyler Childers and High Wall – Deadman’s Curve (Live At Red Barn Radio)
08. Lucero – The War (Live From Atlanta)
09. Justin Townes Earle – Lone Pine Hill (The Good Life)
10. Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound – This Damn Town (Self-titled)
11. Jason Isbell – Now That Your Dollar Bills Have Sprouted Wings (Beck’s Song Reader)
12. The Northerners – Don’t Play (The Northerners EP)
13. Shovels & Rope – evil (Swimmin’ Time)
14. Shooter Jennings – Don’t Wait Up (I’m Playin’ Possum) (Don’t Wait Up For George)
15. Sturgill Simpson – Living The Dream (Metamodern Sounds In Country Music)
16. Willie Nelson – Hard to Be an Outlaw (Band Of Brothers)
17. Cory Branan – Sour Mash (The No-Hit Wonder)
18. Becky Warren – Off My Back (The Iraq EP)
19. Nikki Lane – Wild One (All Or Nothin’)
20. Matt Woods – Ain’t No Living (With Love From Brushy Mountain)
21. Mojo Gurus – No Damn Good (Who Ask’d Ya?)
22. Mojo Gurus – The Last Rock n’ Roll Show (Who Ask’d Ya?)
23. Mojo Gurus – Where You Hiding Your Love (Who Ask’d Ya?)
24. Glossary – Little Caney (The Better Angels Of Our Nature)
25. NQ Arbuckle – Hospitals
26. Benjamin Booker – Wicked Waters (self-titled)
27. FSU Marching Chiefs – FSU War Chant

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Episode 190: aired 08.30.2014

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 08.09.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

An entire fucking hour of Matt Woods and Caleb Caudle. What the fuck else needs to be said? Put your ears on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for August 09, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Matt Woods – Sunshine (Broken Strings and Beer Specials)
02. Andrew Combs – Month Of Bad Habits
03. Lucero – Hey Darlin’ Do You Gamble (1372 Overton Park)
04. NQ Arbuckle – Hospitals (The Future Happens Anyway)
05. Nikki Lane – Right Time (All or Nothin’)
06. Shovels & Rope – Evil (Swimmin’ Time)
07. Benjamin Booker – Wicked Waters (Benjamin Booker)
08. Shooter Jennings – She Thinks I Still Care (Don’t Wait Up (for George))
09. Sturgill Simpson – Living The Dream (Metamodern Sounds In Country Music)
10. Arlo McKinely & The Lonesome Sound – Sad Country Song (Self-Titled)
11. The Woolly Bushmen – Screamin’ ana’ Shoutin’ (Sky Bosses)
12. The Gaslight Anthem – Rollin’ & Tumblin’ (Get Hurt)
13. Will Hoge – Middle of America
14. Roadkill Ghost Choir – Down & Out
15. Johnny Cash – Down the Line (Unearthed)
16. Parker Millsap – Truck Stop Gospel (self-titled)
17. Caleb Caudle – Countdown (Paint Another Layer On My Heart)
18. MATT WOODS AND CALEB CAUDLE LIVE IN STUDIO
19. Justin Townes Earle – White Gardenias (Single Mothers)

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Episode 187: aired 08.092014

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 08.02.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

Brand new Benjamin Booker, Gaslight Anthem, Justin Townes Earle and a Johnny Cash song you’ve likely never heard. Need I type more? Put your ears on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for August 02, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Violent Femmes – Country Death Song (Hallowed Ground)
02. Johnny Cash – Down the Line (Unearthed Box Set)
03. Matt Woods – Real Hard Times (With Love From Brushy Mountain)
04. Dos Ringos – Long Time (Dos Ringos)
05. Adia Victoria – Stuck in the South (Stuck In The South)
06. Justin Payne – Gettin’ By (No Place Lower Than High)
07. Hellbound Glory – Why Take The Pain (Old Highs and New Lows)
08. American Aquarium – Casualties (Burn.Flicker.Die.)
09. First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining (Stay Gold)
10. Caleb Caudle – Countdown (Paint Another Layer On My Heart)
11. The Gaslight Anthem – Stay Vicious (Get Hurt)
12. Root Jack – 30 Days (In The Pines)
13. The Great Unknowns – Homefront (Homefront)
14. Benjamin Booker – Wicked Waters (Benjamin Booker)
15. Shovels & Rope – Evil (Swimmin’ Time)
16. Willie Nelson – The Git Go (feat. Jamey Johnson) (Band Of Brothers)
17. Justin Townes Earle – Time Shows Fools (Single Mothers)
18. Kierston White – Alcohol
19. Have Gun Will Travel – Asa Dalton (Postcards From The Friendly City)
20. Travis LaBrel – Stage Lights (Gas, Food and Bed)
21. The Takers – Friends In Bottles (Taker Easy)
22. Lucero – Texas & Tennessee (Live From Atlanta)
23. Edward David Anderson – Son of a Plumber (Lies & Wishes)
24. Joe Pug – Speak Plainly Diana (Messenger)
25. Nikki Lane – Wild One (All Or Nothin’)
26. Uncle Tupelo – Whiskey Bottle (No Depression)
27. Bill Eberle – Memphis (Bill Eberle)
28. Parker Millsap – Old Time Religion (Parker Millsap)
29. Andrew Combs – Month Of Bad Habits
30. Michael Claytor – My Trepasses (My Trespasses)

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Episode 187: aired 08.02.2014

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 07.26.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

This week’s show was a show for pulling out your air guitar collection and rocking the fuck out so put your earholes on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for July 26, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. The Black Keys – Thick Freakness (Thick Freakness)
02. Left Lane Cruiser – That Ass (Slingshot)
03. Benjamin Booker – Have You Seen My Son (Benjamin Booker)
04. Brothers of the Last Watch – Frank T. James (Brothers of The Last Watch)
05. Parker Millsap – Truck Stop Gospel (Parker Millsap)
06. Matt Woods – Real Hard Times (With Love From Brushy Mountain)
07. Chuck Ragan – Let It Rain (Gold Country)
08. Michael Claytor – My Trespasses (My Trespasses)
09. The Fox Hunt – It Suits Me (Long Way To Go)
10. Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound – Time In Bars (self-titled)
11. Jenny Lewis – Just One Of The Guys (The Voyager)
12. Nikki Lane – Right Time (All or Nothin’)
13. The Builders And The Butchers – Raise Up Your Weary Hands (Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well)
14. Lucero – Texas & Tennessee (Live From Atlanta)
15. Grayson Capps – A Love Song For Bobby Long (Live At The Paradiso)
16. Andrew Combs – Month Of Bad Habits
17. Hank Thompson – Three Times Seven (Songs For The Rounders – At The Golden Nugget)
18. Sturgill Simpson – Life of Sin (Metamodern Sounds In Country Music)
19. Shooter Jennings – Outlaw You (The Other Life)
20. Willie Nelson – The Git Go (feat. Jamey Johnson) (Band Of Brothers)
21. Ben Knight and The Welldiggers – Iceman’s Lament (The Divining Rod)
22. Big Shoals – 12 Steps (Still Go On)
23. Tim Barry – Thing Of The Past (28th & Stonewall)
24. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Righteous, Ragged Songs (There Is A Bomb In Gilead)
25. The Gaslight Anthem – Rollin’ & Tumblin’ (Get Hurt)
26. Cory Branan – Daddy Was a Skywriter (The No-Hit Wonder)
27. Radiolucent – Jim Beam (Turn Me On And Turn Me Loose)
28. The David Mayfield Parade – Love Will Only Break Your Heart (Good Man Down)
29. Lake Street Dive – You Go Down Smooth (Bad Self Portraits)
30. Justin Townes Earle – White Gardenias (Single Mothers)
31. Caleb Caudle – Countdown (Paint Another Layer On My Heart)
32. Sylvia Rose Novak – Highway Song (Chasing Ghosts)

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Episode 186: aired 07.26.2014

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 07.19.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

This show was a lot of fun to make. Lots of live music in it. So put your earholes on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for July 19, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Chris Watts Band – Cenla (Cenla)
02. The Hummingbirds – Live In Studio
03. Nikki Lane – Right Time (All Or Nothin’)
04. Rebekah Pulley & the Reluctant Prophets – A Lot of Nothing (Songs of Southern Zen)
05. Will Quinlan – This Theiving Life (Navasota)
06. Devon Stuart (Takers/Snakehealers) Live In Studio
07. Snakehealers – Roadside (Cure All)
08. Big Shoals – 12 Steps (Still Go On)
09. Have Gun Will Travel – To The Victor Go The Spoils (Mergers & Acquisitions)
10. Big Shoals Live In Studio
11. Matt Woods – Real Hard Times (With Love From Brushy Mountain)
12. Curtis Eller – Old Time Religion (How To Make It In Hollywood)
13. Frank Turner – The Road (Last Minutes & Lost Evenings)
14. Big Shoals Live In Studio
15. Sturgill Simpson – Life of Sin (Metamodern Sounds In Country Music)
16. Old Crow Medicine Show – Mean Enough World (Remedy)
17. Caleb Caudle – Countdown (Paint Another Layer On My Heart)
18. Devon Stuart (Takers/Snakehealers) Live In Studio
19. Justin Townes Earle – White Gardenias (Single Mothers)
20. Andrew Combs – Month Of Bad Habits
21. Willie Nelson – The Git Go (feat. Jamey Johnson) (Band Of Brothers)
22. Lance Howell Live In Studio
23. Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound – Time In Bars (Self-Titled)
24. “Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes (Mandatory Fun)

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Episode 185: aired 07.19.2014

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 04.26.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

Grab 2 hours and drop your earholes on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for April 26, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. George Jones – Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes
02. Arlo McKinley and The Lonesome Sound – Waiting For Wild Horses (Self-Titled)
03. The Bean Pickers – Photograph (Potlatch)
04. Adam Lee and The Dead Horse Sound Co. – Broken Wings (When The Spirits Move Me)
05. Matt Woods – Drinking To Forget (With Love From Brushy Mountain)
06. Devil Makes Three – Old No. 7 (Self-Titled)
07. Pokey LaFarge and The South City Three – Drinkin’ Whiskey Tonight (Middle Of Everywhere)
08. John Mellencamp – Cherry Bomb (writing demo) (On The Rural Route)
09. Gillian Welch – Look at Miss Ohio (Soul Journey)
10. Justin Townes Earle – Lone Pine Hill (The Good Life)
11. Ben Knight and The Welldiggers – Iceman’s Lament (Divining Rod)
12. The Gaslight Anthem – Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (The ’59 Sound)
13. Glossary – Save Your Money For The Weekend (Feral Fire)
14. The White Buffalo – This Year (Shadows, Greys and Evil Ways)
15. Damion Suomi – Ghost (Self-Titled)
16. Joe Pug – Nobody’s Man (Nation of Heat EP)
17. Benjamin Booker – Violent Shiver (Benjamin Booker)
18. The Evening Rig – Goddamn, I Could Use A Drink (Is Doin’ Stuff)
19. Drive-By Truckers – Act 2: Road Cases (Southern Rock Opera)
20. Tyler Childers – Bottles and Bibles (Live at Red Radio II)
21. The Fox Hunt – it suits me (Long Way To Go)
22. Merle Haggard – Working Man Blues (Working In Tennessee)
23. Kill County – Down To Texas (The Year Of Getting By)
24. American Anodyne – Bastard Sons Of The New Depression (So, You Wanna Be A Bullfighter)
25. American Graveyard – Common Ones (Hallelujahland)
26. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – The Weeds Downtown (Dereconstruction)
27. Those Crosstown Rivals – Six Strings (Hell and Back)
28. Arliss Nancy – Failure (Simple Machines)
29. Nikki Lane – Gone, Gone, Gone (Gone, Gone, Gone)
30. Two Cow Garage – Jackson, Don’t You Worry (Sweet Saint Me)

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Episode 173: aired 04.26.2014

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 08.31.2013 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

What a rough day. Every electronic device I had was in full rebellion. That said, we managed to get through the show and even got some good tunage in. In the play list strikes your fancy carve out 2 hours for the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for August 31, 2013 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. The Ergs! – Stinking of Whiskey Blues
02. Holly Williams – Waiting On June (The Highway)
03. Hurray For The Riff Raff – People Talkin’ (My Dearest, Darkest Neighbor)
04. Rachel Brooke – Ashes To Ashes (A Killer’s Dream)
05. Left Lane Cruiser – Electrify (Rock Them Back To Hell)
06. North Mississippi Allstars – Shake Em On Down (Shake Hands With Shorty)
07. Black Joe Lewis – Come To My Party (Electric Slave)
08. Have Gun Will Travel – Take Me Home, Alice (Fiction, Fact or Folktale?)
09. Justin Townes Earle – Lone Pine Hill (The Good Life)
10. Chris Knight – Carla Came Home (The Jealous Kind)
11. Valerie June – Wanna Be On Your Mind (Pushin’ On A Stone)
12. John Paul Keith – New Year’s Eve (Memphis Circa 3AM)
13. Cory Call (Arliss Nancy) – Greenwood (PV Undercover)
14. Jon Snodgrass – Splendid Isolation (PV Undercover)
15. John Moreland – Gospel (In The Throes)
16. Amazing Rhythm Aces – The End Is Not In Sight (Stacked Deck/Too Stuffed To Jump)
17. Austin Lucas – So Much More Than Lonely (Stay Reckless)
18. Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil – She Has Her Moments (Catch The Presidents)
19. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House – Mayberry (Mayberry)
20. McDougall – Ready, Begin (A Few Towns More)
21. Todd May – Alphabet City (Rickerbacker Girls)
22. Glossary – Almsgiver (The Better Angels Of Our Nature)
23. Doc Feldman & the LD50 – Bless This Mess (Sundowning The Station)
24. Counting Crows – Good Time (Hard Candy)
25. Micah Schnabel – American Static (When The Stage Lights Go Dim)
26. The Takers – Social Smoker (Taker Easy)
27. Truckstop Coffee – 16 Ounces (For Dear Life)
28. Lincoln Durham – Living This Hard (The Shovel Vs. The Howling Bones)
29. The White Buffalo – BB Guns and Dirtbikes (Once Upon A Time In The West)
30. Frank Turner – The Road (Last Minutes & Lost Evenings)
31. FSU Marching Chiefs – FSU War Chant

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Episode 139: aired 08.31.2013

Charles Hale's Best Records of 2012

16.Cory Branan – Mutt

It seems like every review of Mutt talks about there being this style, then this style, then another, and what they never say is that every song on Mutt is incredibly well written.  Every song on Mutt is incredibly well written, I said it twice to make up for other’s neglect.

Badman

15.The Sparklers – Crying At The Low Bar

The review of this album generated a good bit of positive feedback.  I was surprised people liked it as much as they did.  It’s a really good record and because of the reaction I ended up listening to it more than I probably would have otherwise.  Thanks y’all.

Weren’t For Bars

14. Justin Townes Earle- Nothing Can Change The Way You Feel About Me Now

This record has grown on me over the course of the year.  Earle has talent and he’s not afraid to mix things up.  I don’t think this record has as much Memphis on it as most people do but it’s damn fine nonetheless.

Movin’ On

13. David Wax Museum – Knock Knock Get Up

The songwriting seemed to take a bit of a backseat on this release, compared to the two previous DWM records, but the sounds and the rhythms are top notch.  The band has seemed to receive a ton of recognition from this record and I’m confident they deserve every word written.

A Dog In This Fight

12. Todd Snider – Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables

One of the nice things on this record is that because Todd plays a lot of electric guitar his bitter venom on a couple of songs is more deadly than usual.  It’s a rough record by design and I’d march up the pyramids with Todd if he told me to.

In Between Jobs

11.Dinero – Sheep

I’m listening to this record as I type this, for the gazillionth time, and it’s still strange and beautiful and kind of makes me feel the way last year’s Cave Singers record made me feel.  Word is there is a shortish LP coming from Dinero coming in the early part of 2013.

Daddy’s Money

10.Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Live In Alabama

Yes it’s a live record and without any new originals but it’s so damn good.  I feel like I just wrote the review of this record a week ago so I don’t have any new thoughts.  Just listen to it and find the video from their appearance on Letterman, old David was pretty pumped up it.

Heart On A String

9.John Fullbright – From The Ground Up

The more I listen to this record the more I dig it.  Fullbright is young to be composing music the way he is.  He isn’t afraid to be understated and restrained but there’s plenty of punch on this Grammy nominated album.

Me Wanting You

8.4H Royalty – Where UFOs Go To Die

Their sophomore effort is such a huge step up from album one and word from the 4H Royalty headquarters in Byers CO is that another record is nearly finished and songs are being written for the follow up to that one.  When listening to UFOs pay attention to the subject matter, nobody is writing songs about the kinds of things these guys are writing about.

Virtues, Spices, & Liquor

7.Andrew Combs – Worried Man

Another debut album on my list.  His four song EP was such a teaser and Worried Man lived up.  Combs is another one of those songwriter who is compared to Guy Clarke but he’s better than all the others being compared to Clarke.  I truly hope he’s a prolific writer and that this album has found enough success that more albums come on a yearly basis.  If they do I suspect Andrew Combs will be on my best of list for years to come.

Take It From Me

6.Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls

I firmly believe that these kids can make a record that can be much higher on my list.  They are so damn good already, hopefully all the success they’ve had helps them make a great record, and not the other way around.  I’m ready for whatever’s next.

Heartbreaker

5.Lucero – Women & Work

Women & Work is Lucero’s most danceable record.  It’s just fun, damn it.  It’ll never be my favorite release from them but it’s the best album they’ve made for dancing with women instead of moaning about them.

It May Be Too Late

4.Patterson Hood – Heat Lightening Rumbles In The Distance

Long gone are Patterson’s days of writing brash in your face rockers.  He’s developed into a literary rocker unafraid to present his work in calm and understated recordings.  I dig it so much because my listening preferences have happened to shift with his output.  God, I need to own this vinyl.

Better Than The Truth

3.American Aquarium – Burn.Flicker.Die

I often think of AA as the little band that could.  When I first saw them The Bible & The Bottle was fresh out and three studio albums later they’ve put out their best yet.  Does Jason Isbell turning the knobs help?  Probably, but more importantly the band has gotten tighter and tighter as the years have passed and BJ’s songwriting gets more and more consistent.  Most likely you’ve heard about AA but if you haven’t picked up Burn.Flicker.Die you’re late to the party so drink fast.

Saturday Nights

2.McDougall – A Few Towns More

I heard about this record in the Nine Bullet offices for a while before I listened to it.  Holy shit I’m glad I did.  This record is what Nine Bullets is all about.  Here’s a guy making phenomenal music that not enough people know about.  It’s not that the whole world knows about him now, but if it wasn’t for Nine Bullets I wouldn’t know about him.  Do yourself a favor.

Ask That Pretty Girl To Be My Wife

1.Spirit Family Reunion – No Separation

Their first full length is rugged but uplifting. Their songs are delivered with such fervor and unrestrained joy.  If you still believe music can make a bad day good then check out their Tiny Desk Concert. I love it, love it, love it.

I Am Following The Sound