Ajax Diner Book Club – 3/16/15 KRFC Ft. Collins CO

 

Maggie Bjorklund “Dark Side of the Heart” from Shaken

Bob Frank “Wino” from Bob Frank

Charlie Parr “Cheap Wine” from Rooster

Kris Kristofferson “Sunday Mornin Coming Down” from Essential Kris Kristofferson

Matt Woods “Deadman’s Blues” from With Love From Brushy Mountain

Lucero “She’s Just That Kind Of Girl” from Rebels Rogues & Sworn Brothers

Otis Redding “I’ve been loving you too long” from History Of Otis Redding

Drag the River “Death of the Life of the Party” from You Can’t Live This Way

Aretha Franklin “Good To Me As I Am To You” from Lady Soul

Chuck Berry “Let’s Boogie” from The London Chuck Berry Sessions 

JD McPherson “head over heels” from Let the Good Times Roll

Curtis Harding “surf” from Soul Power

Tyler Keith  “No More Trains” from Alias Kid Twist

Laura Allmon Joins The Nine Bullets Gang

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Hey y’all, I’m Laura (pictured above with the famous Mr. Gray); I come from a small town in East Texas where the cows outnumber the people. I’m a wife, mother of one, and a desk slave at a financial firm in the Houston area ‘burbs and I cuss a lot. A lot!

My guilty pleasures include eating junk food, reading naughty books, socializing with friends, and taking road trips to small towns in search of vintage treasures. I am in a never-ending search for the perfect cup of tea. I’m a member of a woman’s only camping club that travels around the south in vintage trailers, an officer of my local Rotaract club and I’m passionate about my volunteer work with the Wild West Brew Fest.

I came into the folds of this great group of people mostly in person at a Matt Woods show one night in the outskirts of Houston a few years back. I met Romeo, we chatted over some beers, mentioned my love for Lucero and how Michelle had turned me onto Matt Woods.  Romeo and I kept running into each other at other shows, where he later introduced me to Scott, another 9B writer, and as they say the rest is just history. It feels that way. It’s been a hard and fast couple of years since I became personal friends with these people. There have been many shows together, lots of bummed rides home, and even more “Can I borrow your lighters?” than I can count. Every encounter starts and ends with a conversation about music. Every single one and I would not want it any other way.

I have zero formal training in music; I cannot play an instrument despite the fact that I have a few guitars and resources to learn said instruments. My one and only guitar lesson actually went something like this “Do you play any instruments?” and I replied very seriously “No, I play with people who play instruments.” Basically to come across as a stereotypical fan girl, I just love music, all types, and I love the passionate people who love music too. It’s as simple and complex as that. I like the emotions a song can evoke inside and I could care less so about any of the technical aspects of the song, though I can tell you if it sounds like garbage or a band looks sloppy and un-rehearsed on stage.

I’ve always liked music. My best memories of my childhood are of me falling asleep in the wee hours of the morning watching my grandfather and his band play to a house full of friends and family on the weekends. I was always fascinated with the way his big hands moved so delicately across the strings and he never once required instructions on what to play but managed to play any song someone threw out to him. I wish I could go back and tell little child me to record those awesome country and blues sounds. In my angsty pre-teen years I would lock myself in my room and listen to my cd-boom box for hours and hours. Relished in the Saturday morning when my mom would take me to Hastings and let me walk around forever carefully selecting the next cd to add to my collection of popular hits, jazzed she would pay for my chosen items only to later realize she’d manage to swipe some of my existing cds to keep in her car for her listening pleasure. Man I liked some things grown me would be ashamed of now. As I grew older and moved in with the man who later became my husband he introduced me to a whole new way of life… independent artist. He brought into my life long road trips packed with music from so many of the bands I still listen to and he further added fuel to my music loving fire. He would talk about the bands, and songs, and I would chime in with my thoughts. It was the first time I realized that I had a real opinion about what I was listening to. It was the first time I felt emotion and passion in regards to the lyrics, and it was the first time I was old enough to relate to the things the songs were about. That was the turning point in my life for music. I was over the force-fed pop tunes. Currently I spend a great amount of my time and financial resources attending live shows of all genres but strongly prefer the bands and music that Nine Bullets represents and supports. I do my best to support the local music scene in Houston where I live, and I try very hard to not ever live up to the stereotypical fan girl no matter how much I may love a song, band, or artist. I choose my friends based on their music preferences and I try to always remain open to giving anything new to me a listen.

So with that being said I am excited to become a part of this great site and a part of a team of people who love whiskey, tacos and unsolicited pictures of body parts as much as I do.

Some of the (sad) songs that are the current soundtrack to my life:

 

[Playlist] Ajax Diner Book Club – 9/8/14 – KRFC Ft. Collins CO

R.L. Burnside “Going Down South” from A Ass Pocket of Whiskey

Black Keys “Brooklyn Bound” from The Big Come Up

Frank Black and the Catholics “Nadine” from Nadine

Shane Sweeney “Legion” from The Finding Time

Jenny Owen Youngs “Last Person” from An Unwavering Band of Light

Billy Joe Shaver “The Git Go” from Long In the Tooth

Lucero “The Last Song” from Live From Atlanta

Devil Makes Three “Old Number Seven” from Devil Makes Three

Kierston White “Happy Noon Beers” from Don’t Write Love Songs

John Moreland “Nobody Gives A Damn About Songs Anymore” from In The Throes

Deer Tick “Unwed Fathers” from Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows

LUCERO – LIVE FROM ATLANTA

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News fucking flash: Lucero released a live record. It’s long, represents their entire catalog and is Essential Listening. But all of those things you knew before you started reading. Also, I’m not going to spend a single word trying to describe what Lucero sounds like, they sound like Lucero-always has and always will. None of that is what is important about Live From Atlanta. What is important is how these eight sides of vinyl represents a monumental accomplishment.

It’s impossible to listen to and think about Live From Atlanta without considering where Lucero has come from. When I first saw the band it was 2002 in a tiny Georgia club and I left early because the band was too drunk to finish their songs. Tennessee was out at the time and That Much Further West was on the way. At the time what they were able to harness in the studio they were not able to harness on stage. But the beauty was there, the songs were there. I only bring up that early show to demonstrate how far the band has come with Live From Atlanta. On the album the songs are tight when they need to be and free when they want them to be. The band is assured and confident, not only as players but as men and artists. You can feel their interaction and compassion for each other.

Through eight sides they do what they have always done-make people incredibly happy by playing sad songs. Stop and think about how powerful that is for a moment.

There can be many definitions of art, all with some level of validity, but finding joy in collective sorrow is no doubt an aspect of art. Lucero combines a classically trained bassist, a singer with a rough-hewn voice, a self-taught guitar player and a computer geek drummer to create what can only be called a goddamn rock’n’roll band. Ben’s willingness to plunge into himself has allowed all of us to feel better about our lives.

Somewhere toward the end of the record he mentions that whenever he has a weekend off he would sit in his living room with a glass of whiskey and listen to sad songs or Rick Steff. In his voice you can hear how much he enjoys those nights, yet there he is, like most weekend nights, on stage and singing for the rest of us. I think the whole band knows how much their art means to us but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stop showing them.

You can’t have an honest conversation of the history of Lucero without mentioning the addition of keyboards and horns. These additions mean less of Brian’s gritty guitar, and I love Brian’s guitar, but I want to talk about what these additions bring. I think it’s also worth noting that all bands with a long career change, Wilco went more experimental, Dylan went electric, Tom Petty went…well Tom Petty’s got that three-chord thing. Change is inevitable and so let’s take a moment to look at what the additions bring to the songs.

In the early days of Lucero everything was rough, the voice, the guitars, the attitude but somewhere deep within the songs was beauty. Beauty in the chord changes and the melody but that beauty was hidden more than it should have been. Rick Steff’s playing brings that beauty out a little more and for that I am grateful. Listen to “My Best Girl,” where the piano comes in half-way into the song and dances around the guitar parts. It doesn’t overwhelm the song but adds to it. Also listen to “It Gets Worst At Night” and hear how the horns and piano subtly accentuate the melody in a way that a guitar couldn’t. It’s beauty.

Of course, there are songs where the horns and piano take center stage. Whether I’m as big a fan of those songs as others really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that the band clearly enjoys these additions. The way I see things is if the band isn’t enjoying itself then they might stop playing. I, for one, would prefer if Lucero would keep playing shows and making records and if horns and piano come with it then so be it. So either get over your distaste for these instruments or stop listening to new Lucero records.

Earlier in the review I called Live From Atlanta Essential Listening, honestly the album is Definitive Listening. It represents not only a weekend in the band’s existence but also shows where they’ve been. What a little bar band from Memphis has been able to create is amazing, the positive impact they’ve had on their fan’s lives is immeasurable. Raise a glass to them, they’ve earned it.

My Best Girl
It Gets The Worst At Night
The Last Song

Official Site, Buy Live From Atlanta

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 08.30.2014 – 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 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 – 08.23.2014 – 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 August 23, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Drive-By Truckers – Where The Devil Don’t Stay (The Dirty South)
02. Otis Gibbs – With A Gun In My Hand (Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth)
03. John R Miller – M.O.T.E. (Service Engine)
04. Becky Warren – Off My Back (The Iraq EP)
05. Tompall Glaser – T for Texas (Wanted! The Outlaws)
06. Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson – Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To be Cowboys (Waylon & Willie)
07. Hank Williams, Jr. – A Country Boy Can Survive (Greatest Hits)
08. The Charlie Daniels Band – Long Haired Country Boy (Fire On The Mountain)
09. The Marshall Tucker Band – Fire On The Mountain (Searchin’ For A Rainbow)
10. Have Gun Will Travel – High Road (Fiction, Fact or Folktale?)
11. Willie Nelson – Hard to Be an Outlaw (Band Of Brothers)
12. Sturgill Simpson – Living The Dream (Metamodern Sounds In Country Music)
13. The Whiskey Gentry – Dixie (Holly Grove)
14. Joe Sundell – Mr. Z (The Hat Thief)
15. The Northerners – Don’t Play (The Northerners EP)
16. The Wind + The Wave – Raising Hands Raising Hell Raise ‘Em High (From The Wreckage)
17. Lucero – Women & Work (Live From Atlanta)
18. Matt Woods – Lucero Song (With Love From Brushy Mountain)
19. American Aquarium – Cape Fear River (Burn.Flicker.Die)
20. Parker Millsap – Truck Stop Gospel (Parker Millsap)
21. Old Crow Medicine Show – Tennessee Bound (Remedy)
22. NQ Arbuckle – Hospitals (The Future Happens Anyway)
23. Cory Branan – The Only You (The No-Hit Wonder)
24. Jason Isbell – Try (Sirens of The Ditch)
25. Benjamin Booker – Wicked Waters (Benjamin Booker)
26. First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining (Stay Gold)
27. Ben Knight and The Welldiggers – Iceman’s Lament (Divining Rod)
28. The Holy Ghost Electric Show – Surprise (The Great American Holy Ghost Electric Show)
29. Andrew Combs – Month Of Bad Habits
30. Roadkill Ghost Choir – Down & Out

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Episode 188: aired 08.23.2014

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 08.16.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

Local talent and female fronted bands are heavily featured on this show. Some other bad ass shit too so put your ears on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for August 0916, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Drag The River – Old Sad Songs
02. Valerie June – Workin’ Woman Blues (Pushin’ Against A Stone)
03. Becky Warren – Off My Back (The Iraq EP)
04. Kierston White – Alcohol (Don’t Write Love Songs)
05. Lucero – Drink Till We’re Gone (Live From Atlanta)
06. Big Shoals – Skipping Stones (Still Go On)
07. Joseph Huber – Two Tongued Swear (The Hanging Road)
08. Willie Nelson – Hard to Be an Outlaw (Band Of Brothers)
09. Jason Isbell – Elephant (Southeastern)
10. Andrew Combs – Month Of Bad Habits
11. John R Miller – M.O.T.E. (Service Engine)
12. Matt Woods – Sunshine (Broken Strings & Beer Specials)
13. American Aquarium – Casualties (Burn.Flicker.Die)
14. The Wind + The Wave – Raising Hands Raising Hell Raise ‘Em High (From The Wreckage)
15. St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Half the City (Half The City)
16. Nikki Lane – Right Time (All Or Nothin’)
17. NQ Arbuckle – Hospitals (Future Happens Anyway)
18. The Gaslight Anthem – Rollin’ & Tumblin’ (Get Hurt)
19. The Holy Ghost Electric Show – Surprise (The Great American Holy Ghost Electric Show)
20. Glossary – save your money for the weekend (Feral Fire)
21. Those Crosstown Rivals – Six Strings (Hell and Back)
22. Arliss Nancy – Troubadour (Wild American Runners)
23. Benjamin Booker – Wicked Waters (Benjamin Booker)
24. The Woolly Bushmen – Screamin’ ana’ Shoutin’ (Sky Bosses)
25. Dos Ringos – Long Time (Dos Ringos)
26. John Moreland – Gospel (In The Throes)
27. Micah Schnabel – American Static (When The Stage Lights Dim)
28. Roadkill Ghost Choir – Down & Out
29. Sturgill Simpson – Living The Dream (Metamodern Sounds In Country Music)
30. Parker Millsap – Truck Stop Gospel (Parker Millsap)

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Episode 188: aired 08.16.2014

Playlist – Ajax Diner Book Club 8/4/14 KRFC Ft. Collins CO

Hey folks, today is my birthday so why don’t you give me the gift of listening to and sharing this week’s radio show. Blow this sucker out.

Old 97s “Barrier Reef” from Wreck Your Life

John R. Miller “Lost Your Mind” from Service Engine

Billy Joe Shaver “She Can Dance” from Electric Shaver

Benjamin Booker “Slow Coming” from Benjamin Booker

Lucero “Chain Link Fence” from Tennessee

Willie Nelson “The Wall” from Band of Brothers

The Coloradas “Like A Hawk in the Desert Sky” from Big Empty

Blue Mountain “Soul Sister” from Dog Days

Armchair Martian “Not Fine” from Good Guys Bad Band

Shovels & Rope “Pinned” from Swimmin’ Time

John Moreland “Gospel” from In The Throes

Samantha Crain “Taught To Lie” from Kid Face

Chad Rex and the Victorstands “Cigarette Hand” from Gravity Works Fire Burns

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[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 – Ajax Diner Book Club 7/7/14 KRFC Ft. Collins CO

Oh what fun I had playing these songs. I hope you have fun listening to them.

 

Southern Bitch “Don’t You Think It’s Time” from Snake In The Grass

Paul Westerberg “Knock It Right Out” from Mono

Drive-by Truckers “Why Henry Drinks” from Alabama Ass Whoopin’

Audra Mae “Ne’er Do Wells” from Audra Mae & the Almighty Sound

Sparklers “New, Used, Vintage” from Crying At The Low Bar

4H Royalty “Virtues, Spices & Liquors” from Where UFOs Go To Die

Charlie Parr “Gospel Plow” from Keep Your Hands On The Plow

Hold Steady “Stuck Between Stations” from Boys and Girls of America

Anna Tivel “One Thousand & One” from Before Machines

Kris Kristofferson “I Got A Life Of My Own” from Songs Of Kristofferson

Hard Working Americans “Blackland Farmer” from Hard Working Americans

Kierston White “Happy Noon Beers” from Don’t Write Love Songs

Lucero “On My Way Downtown” from Women and Work