NINE BULLETS SPRING SHOWCASE + FAREWELL FROM MICHELLE

Nine Bullets Spring Showcase 2015

 

Hey, folks! I’m gonna make this short and sweet. I’ve got two things for ya:

First off, as many of you have heard by now (I hope), Nine Bullets is sponsoring a Spring Showcase in a couple weeks. It’s on May 30th, to be exact, at Al’s Bar here in my new hometown of Lexington, KY. The lineup is gonna be incredible. I’ve chosen acts who I think represent some of the best in the region (with a few touring acts sprinkled in), and that I hope you will love as much as I do. Some you’ve heard of, some maybe you haven’t – all of them are great.

There will be five acts on the main stage along with five (mostly) acoustic acts in the adjacent Beer Garden, all for just eight bucks:

 

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Nine Bullets Spring Showcase 2015 Poster by Sarah Davis

For a taste of what’s in store for you, here’s a video of Tyler Childers (on the bill again this year) performing his yet unreleased song, “Feathered Indians,” at last year’s event, and here’s what Autopsy IV said about one of his live EPs. Childers actually inspired and encouraged me to make this an annual event, so, hey, thanks, buddy!

That’s about all I have for you on that front. I didn’t wanna bombard you with tons of links to the artists, because I’m pretty sure most of you have heard of them already, and, if you haven’t, I’m pretty sure you know how to use the internet to find out more about them for yourselves.

As for the second thing, well, if you haven’t guessed it from the title, this is going to be my last post at Nine Bullets as a Contributor. Maybe I will guest post every now and then, but I will no longer be part of the staff. Nine Bullets has been very good to me over the past three years, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. (Thanks, you guys.) For those of you who follow Dear Ben Nichols, you may recall that I had to hand over the reigns, because I’ve got a lot going on and will for the foreseeable future. Well, that’s the case even more so now. Doc Feldman of Shaker Steps (and a mighty fine musician in his own right) and I are teaming up for some really exciting music-related ventures that we’re working hard on to make happen. If you want to keep up with us, then keep an eye on the Shaker Steps Facebook Page for updates and announcements.

Anyway, I hope to see you at the Spring Showcase! We can drink all the whiskey drinks!

Get tons of info on the acts, venue, tickets, area hotels, and all that good stuff at the official event invitation. Don’t have Facebook? No problem. Take a look-see and watch more videos on Tadoo.com, or check out Al’s Bar for info and to buy tickets.

 

BOOZE: LOW SHELF BOURBON

Thus far, Romeo has been the only contributor to the Booze portion of the website and he’s done a fine job of it. Typically, Romeo writes about those $35+ bottles of whiskey….you know, the good shit. Well, since I’ve lived the bulk of 2011 without knowing what percentage of pay I might receive and if my company would exist at all in 2 weeks, I’ve become well versed in the sub-$15 a bottle variety of whiskey, so I figured I’d pen a quick piece about that.

Now, while most of the booze Romeo writes about needs to (and should) be drank neat, or if you insist on a mixer, over ice, the swill I am writing about needs a heavier (more sugary) mixer. Personally, I prefer ginger ale or tonic. Now, I know I typed tonic and you scrinched your nose, stuck out your tongue and went “ugh”, but trust me, tonic is a good (and lighter) whiskey mixer (especially for late morning/early afternoon drinking), so don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it. I mean, until eaten, who would have thought a peanut butter and syrup sandwich was a good idea? Here are some of the better whiskeys I’ve found on the bottom shelf:

Well Whiskey: When you go to a bar it’s a simple game. “Well” is cheaper, “call” is more expensive. If you’re in a high end bar, the well might be Jim Beam but if you order a Beam and Ginger then your ass will be charged for a “call”. In a dive bar, “well” is two steps above the “call” that some rich dude pisses out of his over-abused bladder the next morning. That said, I’ve found that if you’re willing to just stick to whatever they’re serving as “well” and not drink anything else the rest of the night not only will you get drunk on the cheap, you’ll avoid the dreaded hangover.

Jim Beam: Okay, honestly, this doesn’t deserve to be in this article but I included it for one reason….most Jack Daniels drinkers don’t understand the differences between Kentucky Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey. Nope, they’re all, “Wha? I got a JD shirt and Lynyrd had a JD themed shirt. It’s all brown and sour mashed and thus the same thing.” These people don’t appreciate nuance and are the type to call grilling “barbecuing”. In reality, Jim Beam is the king of the bottom shelf and while, yes, you can drink it over ice; you really don’t want to. However, the simple fact that you can means it’s earned the crown as the king of the low shelf bourbon.

However, there does come a time when even $14 for a bottle of Beam is tough to justify, and once that time comes, what do you do? You’re looking at this bottom rung of names and labels you don’t know. Some might be good, but most are probably turpentine with food coloring. Well, I’m here to help you since I’ve gone through them all. Some really are turpentine with food coloring (I’m looking at you, Old Grandad), but a lot of them are really good, albeit young, and lacking the nuance that their 7 year and older barrel-aged brethren have.

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CHRIS KNIGHT – TRAILER TAPES II

Chris Knight was admittedly surprised at the public’s reaction to the raw recordings of The Trailer Tapes. I’m not sure why, this genre has a fan base that prides itself as much on unreleased demos recorded on a Radio The Shack cassette recorder as it does the latest proper album release.

While Trailer Tapes II is technically a sequel to The Trailer Tapes, it differs at its core. See, while Trailer Tapes was a raw collection of songs that were largely unreleased, Trailer Tapes II features the original Chris-and-an-acoustic stripped-down versions of what ultimately became some of Chris’ most popular songs. These recordings spawn from that same summer recording session in 1996 featuring a recently signed, but still unknown Chris Knight that birth to The Trailer Tapes, taking place inside a singlewide trailer in Kentucky.  When asked about the tracks on Trailer Tapes II, Chris had this to say, “I’ve been playing most of these songs every night on the road for the past 12 years. I know I sing 2 of them way different now than when I did then. What you’re hearing is a guy who had written those songs at his kitchen table and barely knew how to sing them into a microphone. Still, there are moments where I can hear the beginning of what I do now.”

I’ll admit that Trailer II doesn’t quite possess the same power that The Trailer Tapes did, but Chris at 3/4 power is better than many folks at full throttle. And even on Trailer II, when it’s on there are few better.

Chris Knight – Highway Junkie
Chris Knight – Old Man
Chris Knight – Love and a .45

Chris Knight’s Official Site, Chris Knight on myspace, Buy Trailer Tapes II