[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

The Life in the songwriting of Two Cow Garage – Part II


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In part I of this essay I talked about themes in early TCG records. I left off right before Three. Read part I here.

Not long ago I caught Micah playing a solo show. He took requests and when I asked him to “No Shame” he introduced the song as being about trying to get a job at Taco Bell while being a touring musician. I had not heard this before and it’s possible he was pulling our chain but for the sake of this write-up I’m going to assume it’s true.

03 No Shame

In plain terms that anyone can understand, the chorus of “No Shame” asks the question we all have to ask ourselves at some point. Is what I’m doing worth it? In the song Micah calls the guitar the instrument of his downfall. Without his introduction we can only assume, but with the extra bit of information from the live introduction it’s clear that one of the consequences of pursing a life in art is that it makes you unemployable at even the most rudimentary level. There are countless examples in the Two Cow discography where Micah and Shane question what they’re doing with their lives, the consequences of their choices and whether or not they should just give up and walk away.

In” No Shame” things have never been worse because the job wasn’t there. Not getting the job recalibrates the value of life where all Micah can see is the unfinished songs and the all the things that haven’t worked. I know that feeling, all too well. When I’m down in that hole there’s nothing to see but the dirt wall. Several years ago I had a short story published called The List She Made. In that story the main character’s life is on a downward spiral and eventually he breaks down and fills out an application to work at Hardee’s. In the story he gets the job but then he is then left with evaluating his life based on the fact that he now works making french fries for minimum wage and what does that say about his life. If you want to read the story you can find it HERE. I don’t bring it up to toot my own horn but to try to show that there are dire effects to the human spirit no matter if you get the job or don’t.

The second song on Three that really typifies the beautiful despair in Two Cow’s songwriting is” Should’ve California.” Talk about regret, the whole damn song is one regret after the other and they circle back so if you didn’t really feel the regret the first time you’ll have another chance.

06 Should’ve California

“Should’ve California” really resonates with me, yet none of the regrets in the song are my own. I went to college, I worked in blue collar professions, I moved west, my Georgian ass has even been all the way to California. Yet I don’t feel like my life has ever followed the easy route. I can’t help but think I should have made different decisions about things, that I could have done things that would have made my life easier. But the decisions I’ve made have always seemed like the best decisions I could make at the time. It doesn’t make any sense to me and probably never will but I also know that I’m not the only one who lives this way.

“Should’ve California” is such a simple song but it seems to have held up well. I feel like Two Cow has played it almost all of the times I’ve seen them live and Micah has played it at the solo shows I’ve seen. There is comfort in collective pain and Two Cow Garage shows can often turn into tattooed revivals. And it is songs like these, painful songs that matter, that help us make sense of our lives, that help us get out of the bed each day. And, these songs of desperation and regret help us see the good things in life in a way that others can’t.

You may be asking yourself, is there more of silver lining than finding others that share the same downsides of life that you do. And there is, there totally is! I firmly believe that experiencing hardships allows someone to relish in the beautiful aspects of life. The beauty may not be as apparent or present itself as often, but through the lens of hardship beauty is magnified and details that might otherwise be missed are recognized and embraced.

04 Jackson, Don’t you Worry

Is there a more touching and beautiful song in the Two Cow Garage cannon than “Jackson, Don’t You Worry?” A song that Micah wrote for Shane’s young son, this masterpiece appears on 2010’s Sweet Saint Me and I firmly believe a song with these details, that is this touching could only be written by someone whose has, and continues to experience the desperation and regret of the songs already mentioned. It’s as if Micah is saying this is a good thing in the world and I >refuse to let it pass without acknowledging it in a significant way. I find it more touching that Micah writes a song for Shane’s son. To me song feels like a preemptive strike, Micah saying to Jackson what Shane might not be able to say or what a son might not want to hear or accept from his father.

At the same time the song probably works as a comfort while on the road. In “Jackson, Don’t You Worry” there is confirmation that doing what you have to do has consequences, and for the first time in the Two Cow cannon the consequences are not just to the adults that are in charge of their own decisions. But the tenderness between two friends is undeniable and without the hardships that populate most of Micah’s and Shane’s songs then the value of, night after night, standing next to someone that understands what you’re facing and what you’ve already faced down, wouldn’t be as powerful.

For them, and for us.

FEEL BAD FOR YOU: APRIL 2014

april 2014

Title: Scratch
Artist: Morphine
Album (year): Yes (1995)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This album comes out swinging…not punching, but swinging. The first three tracks either have you on the bus with the rest of the merry pranksters, or not. Scratch is one of those songs where the feel contrasts with the subject matter; the singer really does not seem to mind starting over from scratch. Is it the epitome of cool, or an inability to care? Methinks the former.

Title: 12 Steps
Artist: Big Shoals
Album (year): Still Go On (2014)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs (ninebullets.net)
Comments: Debut album from a new band out of Gainesville.

Title: Late for the Sky
Artist: Andrew Rose Gregory (Jackson Browne)
Album (year): The Covers EP (2012)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: One of Jackson Browne’s best, covered by an incredible singer-songwriter in his own right, Andrew Gregory. Yes, Gregory, as in The Gregory Brothers of schmoyoho youtube auto-tuning celebrity. Andrew’s solo work gets overshadowed by internet silliness, and I know I’m submitting a cover, but check out his The Lost Year album, and also his stunning interpretation/musical setting of The Song of Songs.

Title: Sweet Tooth Boogie (Unreleased from The Wildness)
Artist: The Bones of J.R. Jones
Album (year): Reliable the Unreliable EP (2014)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I was introduced to The Bones of J.R. Jones, with a free EP via NoiseTrade (no longer available), in March. He’s got a great folk sound. I like this little ‘boogie’ number so have a listen.

Title: I’m A Little Mixed Up
Artist: Betty James
Album (Year): Released on 45 by Chess (1961)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Heard this on an electric blues comp, dug the hell out of it. So much swagger in the delivery of the vocals, so much interplay between the guitar and rhythm section. A perfect song, a house rocker as they say.

Title: Milk In The Fridge
Artist: Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons
Album (Year): Hey Kid (2014)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: Luckly one of my boys is also a fan and gets to see the band often in the Columbus Ohio area, at the record release party earlier this year he got me an autographed CD, and I swooned. I bet you think, I think this song is about me

Title: Slow Death
Artist: Flamin’ Groovies
Album (year): I’ll Have A…Bucket of Brains: The Original 1972 Rockfield Recordings for U.A. (1995)
Submitted By: TheSecondSingle
Comments: In my opinion, one of the top three finest Rolling Stones rip offs of all time, but with a little of that Groovies jangle that makes them fun.

Title: Broke My Heart
Artist: Tim Easton
Album: Porcupine (2009)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: I’m not sure where I’ve been the last 10 years to have missed the music of Tim Easton. In late March, I took in an in-the round showcase to see East Nashville and Couch By Couchwest faves Eric Brace, Peter Cooper and Jesse Lafser. Easton was the fourth, and I dug each song he performed. I’m now playing from behind and digging his 2009 release Porcupine. And is there anything more obvious to offer a flippant “feel bad for you” than hearing of a broken heart?

Title: Opossum
Artist: Adam Faucett
Album (year): Blind Water Finds Blind Water (2014)
Submitted By: Trailer
Comments:

Artist: Eddie Noack
Title: Psycho
Album: Psycho: The K-Ark and Allstar Recordings, 1962-1969
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel
Comments: OK so we’ve only just discovered Eddie Noack, best known for this, his 1968 cover of Leon Payne’s serial killer song Psycho. Rockabilly tinged, country cult classic. Pure genius.

Artist: Miles Davis
Title: “Jeru”
Album: Birth of the Cool (1949)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: listened to this on vinyl on my birthday back in March. It was the only cool there was. I am a nerd.

Title: The Heavy Things
Artist: Micah Schnabel
Album: I’m Dead, Serious
Blurb: I have been helping take care of a dear friend who lost his fight with cancer at 9:20 April, 9 2014. This is one of the songs I’ve had on repeat since then. It’s been helping me deal with the loss and the grief. I thought it appropriate to share.

Title: Amphetamine
Artist: Steve Wynn -& the Miracle Three
Album (year): Static Transmission (2003)
Submitted By: Simon Lellow
Comments: This track popped up on shuffle in the car on the way to work a couple of weeks ago, I hit repeat, rolled the window down and gave an impromptu performance – to anyone who witnessed it, sorry. KEXP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKMxflK_dok

Artist: Rod Picott
Album: Hang Your Hopes on a Crooked Nail
Year: 2014
Label: Independent
Comments: I picked this because I have been listening to this record a lot lately and it’s my favorite off it.

[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

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 06.21.2012

This week I went out to the new release tree and gave it a shake to see what might fall out. The result was a sonic Thanksgiving feast. Matter a fact, I got so many new tracks I wasn’t able to get to them all this week which means next week will basically be an all new release show too. This show features brand new tracks from; Chris Knight, Old Crow Medicine Show, Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg, The Bohannons, Magnolia Mountain, Kasey Anderson and former .357 String Band member, Joseph Huber…Ninebullets Radio: Next month’s Americana radio programming, tonight.

If all of this sounds like something you’d be willing to invest an hour into then put some ears on the archived stream of the show and thanks for tuning in.

Below is the playlist for June 21, 2012 [Artist – Song – Album]

01. Todd Farrell – Nine Bullets (shortened)
02. Earl Dibbles Jr. – The Country Boy Song
03. Lucero – Hate and Jealousy – That Much Further West
04. The Bohannons – River Above – Unaka Rising
05. Big Kettle Drum – Bad Girl – Big Kettle Drum
06. Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg – Shake It – Painkillers
07. Chris Knight – In The Meantime – Little Victories
08. Kasey Anderson – Some Depression – Upcoming Album
09. Andrew Combs – Big Bad Love – Upcoming Album
10. Old Crow Medicine Show – Bootlegger’s Boy – Carry Me Back
11. Joseph Huber – Fell Off the Wagon – Tongues Of Fire
12. Magnolia Mountain – The Old Ways – Town and Country
13. The Sparklers – Gingham – Crying At The Low Bar
14. Micah Schnabel – American Static – When The Stage Lights Go Dim
15. Red Fang – Prehistoric Dog – Red Fang

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Episode 77: aired 06.21.2012

NEW MICAH SCHNABEL SONG, "IN PACIFIC TIME"

Micah submitted a new song to the fine folks over at CxCW over the weekend called, “In Pacific Time.” From what I can tell, they haven’t posted it yet and it might be in poor taste for me to beat them to the punch but here we are, doing it anyway. The way I see it, by leaking their submissions I’m actually adding legitimacy to their slacker festival. So, CxCW folks, I’ll take my thanks in the form of whiskey and beer…

Any thoughts in the song?

SPOTIFY THIS: THE NINEBULLETS.NET JANUARY 2012 SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

Last month I asked if you guys would be interested in a monthly Ninebullets Spotify playlist. You seemed pretty responsive to the idea so here is the first one. This playlist features every band that was featured on ninebullets in the month of January that was also on Spotify. I hope you enjoy it and if you do, pass it along to some friends. Like I keep saying, every new pair of ears these bands reach is a potential fan/head at show.

This month’s playlist features: Lauderdale, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, The Far West, Will Hoge, Sasparilla, The Rainmakers, Micah Schnabel, Hellbound Glory, Molly Gene, Lucero, Childish Gambino, Chris Cornell, The Pack A.D., The Dirt Daubers and Low Cut Connie.

The Ninebullets.net January 2012 Spotify Playlist

MICAH SCHNABEL INTERVIEWED BY THE MOSTLY HARMLESS PODCAST:

On top of providing me with the best 9b Sticker Photo ever, my buddy Damian Burford recently started a blog called The Mostly Harmless Podcast. Per Damian the site was, “born out of the long dead ashes of my old zine, Mostly Harmless Magazine, I began transferring old interviews from old cassette tapes to Mp3s. I began to piece the old interviews together with new introductions and posted them online for the world. Hoping to use this as a springboard to launch my new podcast project…

Well it worked and The Mostly Harmless Podcast has come out of the box throwing haymakers. The debut post was an interview with the only man that can make Chuck Norris say uncle, Chuck Ragan and the second? One of the best interviews with Micah Schnabel I’ve ever listened to. So check it out.

I’ll be keeping an eye on the site and alerting y’all to any cool new stuff Damian throws up there but you’ll probably wanna add it to your own RSS reader to.

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 01.12.12

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 January 12, 2012

01. Lydia Loveless – Bad Way
02. The Alabama Shakes – I Found You
03. The Record Company – Don’t Let Me Go Lonely
04. Low Cut Connie – Johnny Cool Man
05. Jenny Owen Youngs – Hot In Here (Nelly Cover)
06. Lissie – Pursuit Of Happiness (Kid Cudi Cover)
07. Hugo – 99 Problems (Jay-Z Cover)
08. Jerry Reed – Eastbound & Down
09. Waylon Jennings – Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Don Gotten Out Of Hand
10. C.W. McCall – Outlaws and Lonestar Beer
11. Scott H. Biram – Wreck My Car
12. Sinful Savage Tiger – Still Waiting In Line
13. Amy Lashley – Livin’ On Beans & Cornbread
14. The Coloradas – 8 Ball Blues
15. The Drive-By Truckers – Gravity’s Gone
16. John Moreland & The Dust Bowl Souls – Christian Rock
17. Micah Schnabel – American Static
18. Shelby Lynne – Heaven’s Only Days Down The Road

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Episode 54: aired 01.12.2012

ROMEO SID VICIOUS' TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2011

First I want to say that this was one of the hardest top lists I have ever done. Some of these don’t deserve to be ranked any lower than the ones above them. While I didn’t write as prolifically this year as I did others what I wrote about I really and truly loved. And then the other folks ’round these parts wrote about good stuff too. But the end of the year breeds top lists so I have been struggling for the past couple of weeks to actually rank these albums. I honestly will be doing some of these fine folks a disservice by putting a number next to their album but that’s the nature of top lists. It is what it is. This is my top ten for 2011, for this moment, as I write this post. I can assure you that it would turn out different tomorrow. Not the album, those would all stay the same, but the order would change. This year I am going to go against the grain a little bit and start with my current number one at the top of the list and end it all with a nice little compilation of songs from each artist. As much as I hate ranking these, because I love every one of them, here goes…


Number One: Austin Lucas – A New Home In The Old World

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A NEW HOME IN THE OLD WORLDThis album has rocked my world since the Day I picked it up. I love all of Austin’s work and he is one of the few artists I can honestly say has gotten better with each release. A New Home In The Old World is an amazing effort in which Austin steps outside of the box of his first releases and plugs in. The tracks on this album with an electric guitar are amazing and live they will blow you away. I was lucky enough to see Austin twice this year, once with The Revend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and once with Glossary and he blew me away each time. I got to take two of my kids to the show with Glossary for their first live music experience and I am pretty sure it changed their world. Austin gave us a great album and is one of the most genuine folks I have had the pleasure of meeting. While I hated ranking some these this album earned the top spot on my list without any question.


Number Two: Chuck Ragan – Covering Ground

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I said in my review of Covering Ground that this could be one of the defining Americana abums of the decade and time hasn’t changed my mind one little bit. This is one of the best albums I have ever heard. It stays in constant rotation and is as much a sing along as any other album I have. I cannot stress enough that this Chuck’s best work to date and you need it in your collection. This is whikey music for sure and we all know how I feel about whiskey music. In case you don’t here’s the run down: Played loud and alone with the whiskey straight and the lights down low. As far as I am concerned this is the best whiskey drinkin’ music of the year. And I don’t take that kind of statement lightly.


Number Three: Shane Sweeney – The Finding Time/Micah Schnabel – I’m Dead Serious

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The Finding TimeThere is no way in hell I could rank one of these above the other. Hell ranking the top two has just about killed me so far. I can’t tell you how many times I have rewritten this post. I couldn’t rank one of these above the other so I gave them both number three. The really strange part is that it’s not because it’s Shane and Micah. These are two completely different albums. Aside from both being dark there is not a lot in common. However they are both fucking amazing in their own rights. I got some flack for mentioning I thought the music could have been stronger on I’m Dead Serious but I didn’t mean that it wasn’t a totally amazing album. In fact I rather hope it’s place on my top ten list I'm Dead, Seriousshows that while I did offer some criticism I didn’t feel it wasn’t a strong album. Micah’s lyrics tear me apart every time I listen to it. And then we have The Finding Time which is one of the most honest albums I have ever heard in my entire life. The style of production and Shane’s unbridled honesty makes you feel like you are sitting in his goddamn living room listening to him tell you his life story. So yeah it may be easier to write about these two in the same slot because of the TCG link but I promise you these two albums are equally amazing regardless of that link. These kids are making art here and you damn well better pay attention to it or you will get left behind. Whether it’s solo or as TCG there is no mistaking the genius that these two bring to the table. If don’t own the both of these then there is something very seriously wrong with you and you should probably seek professional help.


Number Four: Prison Book Club – Prison Book Club

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This self titled effort is by far one of my most played albums. The opening strains of the very first track seem to put me in just that mood, you know the one, the mood where you want to go down to your local hole in the wall, knock back eight or nineteen PBRs and try to lay some whup ass on the biggest SOB in the joint. The only bump in the road was the rework of Heart Of Lead off of their first album and even that’s just a little bump. This is rock and roll in all of its glory. These kids, members of The Fox Hunt and The Demon Beat, put together something that truly shows the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This album, as well as their first, will melt your face right off at 100 paces. It is as good as rock and roll comes these days.


Number Five: Glossary – Long Live All Of Us

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Let’s just keep the face melting vibe going with number five and get some Glossary on the list. These kids from Murfreesboro know how to rock and after seeing them live I can guarantee that face melting is their stock and trade. I love me some rock and roll and Long Live All Of Us delivers that in no uncertain terms. But what I love about Glossary is that their rock and roll backs up some of the most amazing songwriting floating around our little genre these days. These guys aren’t afraid to tackle any given subject and give it their all while they do it. When I saw them with Austin Lucas the little kids at the show couldn’t hold still and every last one of them got up in front of the band and rocked out. It put the hipsters at the show to shame. Little kids showing hispters how music should be enjoyed warmed my heart. I just want to thank Glossary for being able to see that and this is the perfect space to do that. Keep rockin’ it kids!


Number Six: Michael Dean Damron – Plea From A Ghost

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With my penchant for honest music including Plea From Ghost was a no-brainer. As far as soul baring goes Michael Dean Damron really comes in second to none. The pain and suffering he can convey in his voice is enough to make a tea totaller crave that bourbon burn. This one gets cued up for those late-night-family-bed-looking-back-at-my-life-through-the-bottom-of-a-whiskey-glass nights. But even if you aren’t someone that gets all whiskey-pensive this is still an damn good album and it’s one you should already own. I seriously doubt Mr. Damron will ever cease to amaze me with his writing, his voice and his music. This is likely the most heartbreaking album to come out this year and I love every single note of it.


Number Seven: The Von Ehrics – Two Foot Stomp

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This was one of those that came out of nowhere, a band I had never heard of, an album that sat around unlistened and when I finally got it it grabbed me by the throat and made me regret putting it off as long as I did. Two Foot Stomp is a perfect blend of punk mentality, Texas twang and a little bit of soul. I still feel like I didn’t do it justice in my original write up and know I can’t fix that in the space I am allowing myself for this list. Suffice it to day that it is some of the best music to come out of the Texas/Red Dirt/Whatever-the-hipsters-in-ironic-cowboy-hats-are-calling-it-these-days scene. It gives me hope that a scene I loved for years isn’t going to drown in frat-boy-country.


Number Eight: Scott H. Biram – Bad Ingredients

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It’s hard to say something that hasn’t already been said here on 9B about the venerable Mr. Scott H. Biram. The original review garnered some opinions that Bad Ingredients wasn’t one of Birma’s stronger works and I can’t disagree more. There wasn’t any phoning it in on this one. In fact this is my second favorite SHB album. It’s got everything I have come to expect from this man. Honestly I can’t not sing along to I Want My Mojo Back (I really wish there was a karaoke version of that one). This record was one of the high points of my year. I am really glad I managed to wrestle this one away from AIV for the review. I still haven’t managed to see SHB live but it’s on my list of things to do in 2012 even if I have to drive to Austin to see the boy.


Number Nine: The Heelers – The Devil On Your Shoulder

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I can’t lie and say that having this many Texas kids on my list doesn’t make happy and The Heelers are no exception. So I am not entirely sure whether this one came out in late 2010 or early 2011 but I reviewed in February so it goes on my 2011 list. A Brent Best produced (see: Two Cow Garage as well) band these guys write and play music that is just fun to listen to. Possibly my favorite line of the year comes from this one: …And the barkeep’s prettier than any I’ve see what the hell is she doin’ in here/Givin’ courtesy laughs to piss poor jokes and serving lonely me one beer…. You can tell that Isaac Hoskins has done some time in the same sort of bars I am still serving time in and I love him for that.


Number Ten: Brandon Adams And The Sad Bastards – Self Titled

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BRANDON ADAMS AND THE SAD BASTARDSHaving started the year pretty down on the Red Dirt scene this was one the albums that left me having a little bit of faith coming out the other side. It’s dark, it’s raw and it demands to be taken with whiskey. This little group from Texas really carved out its place on my playlist. I love me some soul baring, gritty music and this satisifes that need quite sufficeintly. To be honest this one deserves a higher place on the list but the nature of lists means that albums have to be at the bottom. I couldn’t just rank them all as ties and have a top three so it is what it is. You really should have this one in your collection if you don’t already.


That is probably the hardest top list I have ever had to come up with. To be honest I really wanted to add more to it but due to familial Christmas obligations I am down to the wire on time. I hated making this list and not includng William Elliott Whitmore – Field Songs, Brothers Through The Hill – Adeliade, and Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones (Although Frank is probably on enough top lists that he won’t be missed on mine). I don’t even know that I would rank these albums the same if I started writing this post today (It took me five days to complete this one) and I really feel like most of these could have tied for higher slots on the list. I really think that next year I am just going to give you all an alphabetical list of my favorite albums of the year and not bother ranking them because it honestly doesn’t feel right. So for what it’s worth this is my list. There are many like but this one is mine. If only it were accurate. Make sure to stay tuned because I am putting together a mix tape of songs from all of the 9B crew’s top lists.

Happy New Year everyone. Thanks for making 9B one of my favorite places on the web and giving me the chance to tell you about the music that I love. Remember if you don’t enjoy your NYE drinking in moderation at least have a designated driver or call a cab.