PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 08.11.11

Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog ninebullets.net that airs every Thursday night in Tampa, Florida on WMNF 88.5 FM at 10pm Eastern. The show is archived for one week after it’s original air date and is available for streaming here. Also, don’t forget to head over to Facebook and like the Ninebullets Radio page.

Below is the playlist for August 11, 2011.

01. Larry & His Flask – Slow It Down
02. Waylon Jennings – Honky Tonk Heroes
03. Merle Haggard – Working In Tennessee
04. Zoe Muth And The Lost High Rollers – If I Can’t Trust You With A Quarter 05. (How Can I Trust You With My Heart?)
06. Ghost Shirt – History of the Radio
07. The Only Sons – Standing Water
08. Shane Sweeney – When I Am Empty
09. Arliss Nancy – Wrong Or Right
10. Lucero – Hate And Jealousy
11. Drag the River – Tired & Fired
12. Chuck Ragan – Covering Ground
13. The Horrible Crowes – Behold The Hurricane
14. Lauderdale – Moving On

Bold = Request

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PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 07.21.11

Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog ninebullets.net that airs every Thursday night in Tampa, Florida on WMNF 88.5 FM at 10pm Eastern. The show is archived for one week after it’s original air date and is available for streaming here. Also, don’t forget to head over to Facebook and like the Ninebullets Radio page.

Below is the playlist for July 21, 2011.

01. Marc With A C – Nerdy Girl
02. Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Write Me A Letter
03. Shane Sweeny – Some Hope, Somewhere
04. The Deep Dark Woods – The Place I Left Behind
05. Jimmy Van Zandt – Backwoods Preacher Man
06. Drive-By Truckers – Ronnie and Neil
07. Doop & The Inside Outlaws – Everett Brown
08. Whiskey Gentry – Eula Mae
09. Dirt Daubers – Angel Along
10. O’Death – Ghost Head
11. Some Dark Holler – Cottonmouth
12. American Anodyne – Bastard Sons of The New Depression
13. American Graveyard – Common Ones
14. Merle Haggard – Working In Tennessee
15. Charlie Parr – To A Scrapyard Bus Stop

Bold = Request

P.S.: If you like this show, do me a favor and post about it on your Facebook/Twitter/Blog. It’ll do a lot to help these bands reach new ears…and in the end, that’s what this is all about. It’ll also help bring the existence of the radio show to more people’s attention & the more people there are listening/paying attention to the show the more likely it is to stay on the air.

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 05.26.11

Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog ninebullets.net that airs every Thursday night in Tampa, Florida on WMNF 88.5 FM at 10pm Eastern. The show is archived for one week after it’s original air date and is available for streaming here. Below is the playlist for May 26, 2011.

01. Matt Woods – Beating Down My Door
02. Medford’s Black Record Collection – Small Town
03. Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil – Prove Me Wrong
04. The Sumner Brothers – Going Out West
05. The Mojo Gurus – I Can’t Stand To Hear That Song Again
06. Kenneth Brian Band – Prayer For Love
07. Whitey Morgan & The 78’s – Where Do You Want It?
08. Waylon Jennings – Don’t You Think This Outlaws Bit Gotten Out Of Hand
09. Merle Haggard – I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink
10. Joey Allcorn – This Ain’t Montgomery
11. Greenland Is Melting – The Last Song
12. Kentucky Parlor Pickers – Shake Your Molasses
13. Kingsley Flood – I Don’t Wanna Go Home
14. The Waifs – Moses & The Lamb

P.S.: Ninebullets Radio now has it’s own Facebook Page. It’ll be the central depot for playlists, show related banter and ticket/giveaway announcements. So, if you’re into that please wander over and “like” us and tell a friend or two about it.

P.P.S.: If you like this show, do me a favor and post about it on your Facebook/Twitter/Blog. It’ll do a lot to help these bands reach new ears…and in the end, that’s what this is all about. It’ll also help bring the existence of the radio show to more people’s attention & the more people there are listening/paying attention to the show the more likely it is to stay on the air.

WADE BOWEN – LIVE AT BILLY BOB'S, TEXAS

Wade Bowen is one of my favorite Texas/Red Dirt boys and he has finally dropped a Live at Billy Bob’s Texas album on us as a CD/DVD combo. If you know anything about the scene you know that everyone has to do one of these at some point and that they are always good. You can look through the careers of Jason Boland, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and just about any other Texas artist and you’ll find one of these discs in their releases. It’s not limited to Texas boys either with the likes of David Allen Coe, Merle Haggard and other legends having a Live at Billy Bobs Texas release to their name. Wade joins the club with the one and it’s everything one would expect from both him and Billy Bob’s without a disappointing moment on either disc.

This album and the atmosphere it conveys is the reason I got into the Texas/Red Dirt Scene. Originally a member of West 84 which, in 1991, re-aligned with Wade as the front man and started releasing albums as Wade Bowen & West 84 and eventually as just Wade Bowen he has over a decade playing music and recording albums and still leaves it all on stage. This is something you can really feel on this album. It isn’t like being there but it’s as close as you can get with your headphones on. There just isn’t a bad track on this one and the quality of the live performance puts it close to the top of the stack as far as live albums so far this year. If you have never heard Wade Bowen before this album is as good as any to start with but I’d wager if you started with you wouldn’t be stopping with it. It’s rare for me to think a live album is Essential Listening but just about any Live At Billy Bob’s Texas is good enough to make the list and this one is no exception.

Wade Bowen – Please Come to Boston
Wade Bowen – Daddy and the Devil
Wade Bowen – Ghost in this Town

Wade Bowen official website
Wade Bowen on Myspace
Wade Bowen’s artist page on Last.fm

MERLE HAGGARD – I AM WHAT I AM


Merle Haggard was sitting in the audience for three of Johnny Cash’s infamous shows at San Quentin. Merle dominated the charts in the 70’s and 80’s and if you ask people who might know about such things, Merle’s life was the basis for the 1983 Academy Award-winning film Tender Mercies starring Robert Duval. Somewhere in the mid-80’s/early-90’s Nashville started to change, and since Merle wouldn’t, he, like Johnny Cash, sort of got swept aside. However, much like Cash (albeit to a lesser degree), Merle has experienced a comeback of sorts here in the 2000s.

In sports, certain players obtain enough respect and pop culture status to be know by their first names. If I say “Walter”, “Lawrence” or “Michael”, odds are you’ll say Payton, Taylor and Jordan, regardless of how closely you follow sports. The musical equivalent of that is acceptance of what you are. Take Lucero for instance, they release album after great album to critical acclaim but ultimately the critics ask for more. “How many songs can he write about the one that got away?” “Will Lucero ever shake their sound up?”, and so on. On the other hand, Merle Haggard can release an album in 2010 that could have just as easily come out in 1970 or 1980 and it’s not only accepted, it’s taken on its own merits instead of being compared to whatever preteen boy loving, pure American blonde that Nashville happens to be exploiting at the moment.

Merle Haggard titled his 2010 release I Am What I Am, and by doing so made any review that went beyond those 5 words seem self-indulgent.

Merle Haggard – I’ve Seen It Go Away
Merle Haggard – The Road To My Heart

Merle Haggard’s Official Site, Merle Haggard on myspace, Buy I Am What I Am

JOSH GRIDER TRIO – SWEET ROAD TO RIDE


The Josh Grider Trio has departed from the traditional country album with Sweet Road to Ride. While there are some songs that would be immediately identified as country the band has added a groove to their sound that defies the purist sound that runs through the Red Dirt Music scene and it works. In Josh’s own words “Everybody knows who Merle Haggard is, everybody knows who Dave Matthews is, so if you say we meet in the middle, that’s kind of what’s goin’ on. It’s got the boogie in it”. While I am not sure about the Dave Matthews reference Josh is right about this music having the boogie in it. While You Were Sleeping is a catchy little number about leaving in the middle of the night that makes you tap your feet and want to get up and dance and on some level that’s just wrong. A leaving song shouldn’t boogie but damn it does and does it right. Follow that up with Halfway There’s admonition of “It’s too late to go back now” and it’s harmonies and you’ll think you’ve got a feel for where Josh is going but then he takes a turn and hits you Again which is pure cryin’ in your beer music.

Josh has been around the Red Dirt scene for a while and has earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants with his music and he does a fine job of it on this album. JG3 is amazing live but this offering is almost as fun as a live show. There is energy here that isn’t found in a lot of studio releases. I can see why Texas Red Dirt Roads described it as the group playing like a child plays with a new toy. It’s definitely a must have for Red Dirt fans.

Josh Grider Trio – While You Were Sleeping
Josh Grider Trio – Sometimes
Josh Grider Trio – Watch Me Now

Josh Grider Trio Official Site

Merle Haggard – Working Man's Journey

There are certain definites in my life. I am gonna throw something at some point during football season, I am gonna look up some form of porn this week, and if the wife and I go out this Saturday night and get too drunk, we will eat Cracker Barrel on Sunday morning. For us, there is nothing like fried foods and gravy to help you get over the hangover hump. Inevitably, if you go to Cracker Barrel you are gonna have to wait for a table, and during that wait you’ll probably walk around the general store waiting area thing. Such was the case for us last week.

While we were waiting for a table, I was going through the Cracker Barrel cds (believe it or not, CB has been putting together magnificent country albums for years now) and noticed a Merle Haggard cd with a sticker reading “6 New Songs”. After a predictably delicious and fattening breakfast, I bought the cd.

Working Man’s Journey was released back in May and features 6 new songs and 6 Haggard familiars; “Shade Tree Fix-It Man”, “Workin’ Man Blues”, “Kern River”, “Are the Good Times Really Over”, “Rainbow Stew”, and “If We Make It Through December”, all re-recorded for this release. They aren’t reinterpretated, modified or messed with. Just re-recorded with modern techniques and with Merle’s voice as it is now. Of the re-recorded songs, I think “Are the Good Times Really Over” fared best. In fact, I think the renewed version eclipses the original. Maybe it’s Merle’s further aged, more weary voice, maybe it’s the higher production quality…or maybe it’s just me getting older, so the sentiment of the song resonates with me more, but I feel it’s hands-down the best track on the album.

Of the new tracks, “Songman” is easily my favorite. I can imagine Merle singing it while being pushed aside by the Nashville bobbleheads. To quote Darrel Scott’s song “Long Time Gone” (also covered by The Dixie Chicks); “We listen to the radio to hear what’s cookin’ / But the music ain’t got no soul / Now they sound tired but they don’t sound Haggard“.

All in all this is a wonderful album for both those familiar with Haggard, as well as those who are newly discovering this American gem.

Merle Haggard – Are The Good Times Really Over
Merle Haggard – Songman

Merle Haggard – Misery and Gin (the one song I wish would have been included)

Dixie Chicks – Long Time Gone

Merle Haggard’s Official Site, Buy Working Man’s Journey