Only Two and a Half Days Until Monday

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I figured I’d share a little with you today. I don’t have any great words of wisdom, hell I’m barely treading water at this point, but I’ve been mulling over a playlist for a while and I put it together when I was supposed to be working this morning. So here’s a little something to help get you through today, or maybe not…

Ajax Diner Book Club – 4/13/15 KRFC Ft. Collins CO

Kierston White “big star” from Don’t Write Love Songs

Micah Schnabel “Not The Boy You Used To Be” from Not The Boy You Used To Be

John Moreland “You Don’t Care for Me Enough to Cry” from High On Tulsa Heat

Ty Segall “The singer” from Manipulator

Blue Blood “The Kids Are The City” from This Is The Life

The Glands “Straight down” from The Glands

REM “Turn You Inside Out” from Green 

Blue Blood “Birth Right” from This Is The Life

Cafeteria “Drunk” from Knee Deep

Austin Lucas “Alone In Memphis” from Stay Reckless

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

Tom Petty “The Apartment Song” from Full Moon Fever

Adam Faucett “Benton” from Blind Water Finds Blind Water

Aimee Mann “Driving Sideways” from Bachelor No 2

Sam & Dave “Can’t You Find Another Way” from The Best Of Sam & Dave

Possessed By Paul James “Songs We Used to Sing” from There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely

Hayes Carll “Down the Road Tonight” from Little Rock

4H Royalty “Rubber City Girl” from Colossalalia

Sam Cooke “You send me” from The Best of Sam Cooke

American Aquarium “Katherine Belle” from Dances For The Lonely

McDougall “On the Mend” from McDougall

Ike and Tina Turner “Get You When I Want You” from Workin’ Together

Todd Snider “Lookin’ for a Job” from The Devil You Know

Glossary “Save Your Money for the Weekend” from Feral Fire

Booker T. Jones “The Bronx” from Road From Memphis

Otis Gibbs “Damn Me” from Grandpa Walked a Picketline

Lucero “The Last Song” from Tennessee

Charlie Parr “Empty Out Your Pockets” from Stumpjumper

Ajax Diner Book Club – 2/16/15 KRFC Ft. Collins CO

Oscar Peterson Trio “This Could Be The Start Of Something” from Affinity

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Henry Lee” from Murder Ballads

Districts “peaches” from Flourish & a Spoil

Booker T. Jones with Lou Reed “The Bronx” from The Road From Memphis

Sleater-Kinney “Surface Envy” from No Cities To Love

The Dead Weather “Treat Me Like Your Mother” from Horehound

Diamond Rugs “Voodoo Doll” from Cosmetics

Kinks “Dead End Street” from Candy From Mr. Dandy

Bob Dylan “Gotta Serve Somebody” from Slow Train Coming

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

Otis Gibbs “Sometimes Angels” from Grandpa Walked a Picketline

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Today’s Lesson” from Dig Lazarus Dig

Patti Smith “Break It Up” from Horses

Ajax Diner Book Club – 2/9/15 KRFC Ft. Collins

Dirty Dozen Brass Band “Blackbird Special” from Buck Jump

Professor Longhair “It’s My Fault Darling” from Crawfish Fiesta

Black Joe Lewis  “Dar Es Salaam” from Electric Slave

Cave Singers “All Land Crabs and Divinity Ghosts” from No Witch

Jenny Lewis “The Next Messiah” from Acid Tongue

Otis Redding “Respect” from Live In Europe

D’Angelo “The Charade” from Black Messiah

Curtis Harding “Keep On Shining” from Soul Power

Valerie June “Trials, Troubles, Tribulations” from Pushin’ Against a Stone

Alvin Youngblood Hart  “Gallows Pole” from Big Mama’s Door

Willie Nelson “Midnight Rider” from Outlaws And Angels

Drivin’ And Cryin” “Tellin’ Stories” from Wrapped In Sky

Otis Gibbs “Iris” from One Day Our Whispers

Todd Snider “Once He Finds Us” from Viva Satelitte

HOLIDAY HANGOUT 2014 ROAD REPORT

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This year’s celebration of Last Chance Records head honcho Travis Hill’s birthday, like every year, was also a celebration of life in general. The pins given out in the VIP package summed up the 2014 that so many of us had: ‘Hard Work And Plenty Of It’. I’m sure by now most of you who read this site have been inundated with Holiday Hangout 2014 tweets, photographs, or drunken text messages, and now that the event is over may be breathing a sigh of relief. But not so fast; I still have a few things to say.

The Holiday Hangout is much more than a simple concert, or mere festival: it’s a rock and roll family reunion. This year four 9bullets writers (Charles, RSV, Scott, and myself) gathered with dozens of our closest friends and sang our hearts out to our favorite bands. Those are the things you may have picked of from the never-ending Instagram updates from Little Rock that got less frequent and blurrier as the night, and weekend, went on. I want to tell you about a few things you may not have been able to perceive from over the internet. There may be some friends I made or artists who played that I don’t mention, and for that I apologize. I think every Holiday Hangout might require a novella (and spare liver) to cover adequately, but I have the time and space I have. What follows are the key moments, observations, and musings from my White Water Tavern nights this December:

  • Austin Lucas – Just as this year has been hard for some of us, it sounds like it’s been a hard year for the smooth-voiced Lucas as well. For his set (backed by his band The Bold Party), Austin pulled out all the stops to deliver a powerful rock and roll performance. He also played songs from his new record, which I’m already unbelievably excited for. Those songs have a distinctly more country feel than Stay Reckless, but their true defining quality is the incredible songwriting. Austin has always been a storyteller, but what was on display here was an attitude and clear-eyed determination pouring through his lyrics that I haven’t seen from him before. He also joined in with Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires for their barn-burner “Dirt Track”, and watching the passion with which he sang “Keep on working, keep it on the dirt track” was inspiring. Now is the time to pay attention to Austin Lucas.
  • John Moreland – Yes, yes, you know. John was amazing, and his new songs hit you in all the places you thought In The Throes had already thoroughly covered. It’s like Robin Hood hitting the bullseye with another arrow. The general consensus is that John’s mainsteam success is a matter of when, not if, and I for one am glad of it. John Moreland’s music comes straight, no chaser, and the rest of the world could use plenty of it.
  • Magic Mike – Some of you may be wondering who the magician hanging out with bands all the time is, and why he’s there. Go see his show and you’ll see. Mike loves these bands as much as any of us (he got Red Collar their first gig at the White Water years ago), and he knows how to show a crowd a good time. He also threw a knife at me. It was a good weekend.
  • Jkutchma and Red Collar – I was ill-prepared for seeing Red Collar. Last year JKutchma had to play two solo sets, an ice storm preventing the rest of the band from making the Hangout. I’d listened to Red Collar’s albums and liked their music, but wasn’t a new convert. This performance may have changed that. Red Collar is a powerful band, full of explosive energy and straight-to-the-point lyrics. Their fans, unconditionally devoted, were unbelievably excited to see the band and it showed in the messy, sweaty, almost conversational relationship between those on the stage and those in front of it. I spent the entirety of their set wanting to get to know the band’s music better so that I could take part in that relationship. JKutchma also played solo, and I can tell you this about his new songs: you want to hear them.
  • Two Cow Garage – This is the band that will not quit. Micah Schnabel and Shane Sweeney keep turning out new songs that are as catchy as they are visceral, lyrically potent, emotionally charged. When you see them on stage you cannot doubt that they mean every word they say. The musicianship and energy of their drummer, David Murphy, have propelled them to a new sonic plane (which I think is a D&D thing, actually). You would hardly recognize some of their older songs the way they play them now, and all the change is for the better. Micah and Shane both played new songs during their solo sets, and demonstrated the range of their songwriting. Two Cow Garage is not a peanut butter/chocolate situation, folks: these are two men who have been writing songs for years, managing to grow both on their own and together as a band. It’s a wonder to behold. And speaking of peanut butter, for their full band set they were joined on guitar by 9bullets reader favorite Todd Farrell, and speaking of Todd Farrell…
  • Todd FarrellIt’s hard when your friends make music. First off, what if it isn’t good? Second off, what if you think it’s good but that’s just because you’re friends and the rest of the world hates it and your friend has to become an insurance salesman? Well after the Holiday Hangout I can safely say neither of those cases are true for our friend Todd Farrell. In addition to playing guitar for Two Cow, Todd also played solo at the Arkansas Record Exchange In-Store show (trading his guitar off with Austin Lucas), and one song on Sunday at the demand of Micah Schnabel. The response that Todd received, not just from the crowd but from his fellow musicians, was incredibly heartening. You could see the bonds forming, the songwriters nodding to each other over a clever turn of phrase, laughter and applause mid-song from a crowd on the edges of their proverbial seats because they were seeing something new. The first night of the Hangout, Todd was walking up the stairs at the White Water as Otis Gibbs, grey-bearded bastion of folk, was walking down them. They stopped at the landing and spoke with each other for a few minutes, I have no idea about what. But then they shook hands and they headed their separate ways. That moment felt important to witness.

So there you have it, my take on this year’s Holiday Hangout. Thanks to everyone at the White Water who made it happen, everyone who played, everyone who went and sang and shouted and danced and swore and shook. All we have to do to get to the next one is make it through another year.

Here’s a video of Micah Schnabel, Brent Best, David Murphy, Todd Farrell, Joey Kneiser, Ben Nichols, John Moreland, Travis Hill, and Shane Sweeney playing “Like A Rolling Stone”. If you have to skip past the first three minutes of laughter and terrible jokes because Shane forgot to plug his guitar in, that’s what you have to do. But I don’t recommend it.

If you like the picture above be sure to check out Melissa Brawner Photography, who took some AMAZING photographs that you may just want to buy a print of, as did Carra Martin!

Did you have any favorite moments this Holiday Hangout, or questions about the shows? Leave a comment and let’s talk! Or hit us up on Twitter, @Real9Bullets!

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 09.20.2014 – 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 20, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Drive-By Truckers – Zip City (Southern Rock Opera)
02. Jason Isbell – Cover Me Up (Southeastern)
03. Parker Millsap – Old Time Religion (Parker Millsap)
04. Otis Gibbs – The Darker Side Of Me (Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth)
05. Two Cow Garage – Swingset Assassin (Speaking In Cursive)
06. Have Gun Will Travel – Take Me Home, Alice (Fiction, Fact or Folktale!)
07. The Takers – Friends in Bottles (Taker Easy)
08. Matt Woods – Deadman’s Blues (With Love From Brushy Mountain)
09. Big Shoals – 12 Steps (Still Go On)
10. American Aquarium – Burn. Flicker. Die. (Burn. Flicker. Die.)
11. Will Quinlan and The Diviners – Acrimony Blues (Navasota)
12. Sturgill Simpson – The Promise (Metamodern Sounds In Country Music)
13. Arlo McKinely & The Lonesome Sound – Sad Country Song (Arlo McKinely & The Lonesome Sound)
14. Kierston White – Love Songs (Don’t Write Love Songs)
15. Chuck Ragan – Vagabond (Till Midnight)
16. Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil – She Has Her Moments (Catch The Presidents)
17. McDougall – Ready, Begin (A Few Towns More)
18. John Mellencamp – The Brass Ring (Plain Spoken)
19. Willie Nelson – The Songwriters (Band Of Brothers)
20. John Moreland – Gospel (In The Throes)
21. Nikki Lane – Right Time (All Or Nothin’)
22. The Wind + The Wave – From The Wreckage Build A Home (From The Wreckage)
23. Hiss Golden Messenger – Southern Grammar (Lateness of Dancers)
24. Ben Stalets – Don’t Call Me Lonely (Dear Golden)
25. David Mayfield – Rain On My Parade (Strangers)
26. Becky Warren – Off My Back (The Iraq EP)
27. Adult Boys Thunderband – Mothers Love Me (Abducted Again)

Bold = Request

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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.

Episode 193: aired 09.20.2014

[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

Bold = Request

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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.

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

Bold = Request

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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.

Episode 188: aired 08.23.2014

OTIS GIBBS – SOUVENIRS OF A MISSPENT YOUTH

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If I was going to describe Otis Gibbs’ discography I would call it solid and steady. I own the previous four records, as well as the brand new Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth, and there isn’t a misstep to be found. Gibbs clearly knows who he is as an artist and he has taken the time to craft another batch of stellar story songs for us to hear. Souvenirs …is Essential Listening.

To call the music Otis Gibbs creates a throwback or the product of an old soul is probably accurate. In these ten new songs there are stories of middle America, of working people trying to survive, and of reflections from times past. I think that description could be used for several of Gibbs’ records but what that means is that he has truly found his voice as an artist. If I was going to differentiate Souvenirs from other records I would say that the instrumentation here is more at the forefront than before. The players Gibbs brought in do it exactly right; rough when it needs to be, furious when called for and understated when appropriate.

It might be trite and cliché to say these song feel like songs Woody Guthrie would have sung, brought from one town to the next. Like a newspaper or a journal set to music. Beautiful despair mixed with intelligent storytelling.

As a guy who’s gotten angry at a boss or two, “The Darker Side Of Me” is one of my favorites. But what makes the story most compelling is how a larger significance can be found. A lesson, not about one person in the story, but about the condition of the working class, the obstacles they face and how even doing the right thing can turn out wrong. “The Darker Side Of Me” follows the linear narrative of much of Guthrie’s work instead of the vaguer side of Bob Dylan.

I could go on and on about these stories but I’m ready for bed and Otis did us all a favor and told the stories around a couple of the songs on Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth on his glorious podcast Thanks For Giving A Damn. I suggest you listen to it HERE.

The Darker Side Of Me
No Rust On My Spade

Official Site, Buy Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth

[Playlist] Ajax Diner Book Club – 8.11.14 – KRFC Ft. Collins CO

Shovels & Rope “The Devil is All Around” from Swimmin’ Time

Otis Gibbs “Ghosts Of Our Fathers” from Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth

Benjamin Booker “Violent Shiver” from Benjamin Booker

J Roddy Walston & the Business “Full Growing Man” from J Roddy Walston & the Business

Hayes Carll “Arkansas Blues” from Flowers & Liquor

Spirit Family Reunion “On That Day” from No Separation

Alejandro Escovedo “I Was Drunk” from Bourbonitis Blues

Devil Makes Three “Car Wreck” from Do Wrong Right

Austin Lucas “Alone In Memphis” from Stay Reckless

Charlie Parr “Jesus Is A Hobo” from Barnswallow

Possessed By Paul James “Sweet But Bitter Life” from There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely

Cory Branan “Missing You Fierce” from No Hit Wonder