Laura Allmon Joins The Nine Bullets Gang

10882312_10205573345443210_6116431759173865964_n

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 – 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

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 02.22.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

Another fundraiser came and another fundraiser went. Ninebullets Radio continued it’s unbroken streak of making it’s goals once again. All credit to that goes to you guys. So. Thank you! As is tradition, the show after the fundraiser is heavy on listener requests and you guys did a kick ass job. So, grab 2 hours and drop your earholes on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for February 22, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Kasey Anderson and The Honkies – Some Depression (Let The Bloody Moon Rise)
02. American Aquarium – Burn.Flicker.Die. (Burn.Flicker.Die)
03. Todd Farrell – Pawnshops (All My Heroes Live In Vans)
04. Arliss Nancy – Failure (Simple Machines)
05. Sturgill Simpson – Living The Dream (Metamodern Sounds In Country Music)
06. Big Shoals – 12 Steps (Still Go On)
07. Have Gun Will Travel – Take Me Home, Alice (Fiction, Fact or Folktale?)
08. Jason Isbell – Elephant (Southeastern)
09. Matt Woods – Lucero Song (upcoming album)
10. Hackensaw Boys – Oh, Girl (Look Out)
11. St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Broken Bones & Pocket Change (Half The City)
12. Valerie June – Wanna Be On Your Mind (Pushin’ Against A Stone)
13. Lake Street Dive – Bad Self Portraits (Bad Self Portraits)
14. Crow’s Share – Mighty Stitch (Crow’s Share)
15. Psalmships – Red Bird (Songs For A Red Bird)
16. Two Cow Garage – The Death of the Self Preservation Society (The Death of the Self Preservation Society)
17. Those Crosstown Rivals – Six Strings (Hell and Back)
18. Alone At 3am – Four More Beers (Alone At 3am/The Garrison Split EP)
19. Lydia Loveless – Wine Lips (Somewhere Else)
20. Chuck Ragan – Non Typical (Till Midnight)
21. Pretty Boy Thorson & the Falling Angels – Get Along (An Uneasy Peace)
22. Jon Snodgrass – Campaign Song (Tristate Record)
23. Dexateens – Pistol Totin’ Man (Red Dust Rising)
24. Jeff German & the Blankety Blanks – Apology With Every Song (12 Rounds)
25. Tyler Childers and High Wall – Shake The Frost (Live at Red Barn Radio)
26. Possessed By Paul James – 38 Year Old Cocktail Waitress (There Will Be Nights When I Am Lonely)
27. Otis Gibbs – Cozmina (Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth)
28. Scott H Biram – Slow & Easy (There Will Be Blood)

Bold = Request

Ninebullets Radio on Facebook
You can stream Ninebullets Radio here
You can download Ninebullets Radio here: Hour 1 / Hour 2
If you like Ninebullets Radio please drop a 5 spot in the Tip Jar.

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 164: aired 02.22.2014

POSSESSED BY PAUL JAMES – THERE WILL BE NIGHTS WHEN I'M LONELY

ppjcover

There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely is my first significant foray into Possessed By Paul James’ music. I asked around to more veteran ears to see how they thought it compared to his earlier work and the consensus seemed to be that this album was his most accessible, not necessarily the most polished, though maybe, but the one that was most easiest to latch on to. So if you’ve only listened to PPJ in passing it’s time to give the music some serious attention. There Will Be Nights… is Essential Listening.

The opening five seconds of “Hurricane,” the lead-off song, could be described as abrasive fiddle yet very quickly the fiddle reaches a beautiful wailing before sliding effortlessly into a crescendo of enthusiastic ecstasy that lasts, despite the often lyrical lapses into the grave elements of life, throughout the entirety of the album. Musically there is a joy that perpetuates throughout sad times and happy days within these eleven songs. I’m a huge fan of The Staples Singers and find the desperation with which they sing their gospel songs to be riveting and life-affirming. There Will Be Nights... feels like a white-folks revival album, the kind of revival that could turn me from a sinner to a man living on the righteous path. “Songs We Used To Sing” most exemplifies The Staples Singers influence and I would pay good money to hear PPJ and Mavis Staple work up a version of this song.

One of the most impressive elements of this album is that it is entirely possible to listen passively and soak up the message of the music. Musically each song reinforces a belief in a higher power, while lyrically even the hardest moments of life are appreciated. This idea is most apparent in the chorus of “Heavy.” “This life can get heavy/oh so heavy/sometimes” is sung in a way that I visualize PPJ pulling away from the mic as he sings and the effect is the words almost feel like a blessing or thanksgiving for the hard times.

If you’ve read anything about this record you’ve probably heard that PPJ plays the fiddle, banjo, guitar and viola throughout the record, an impressive feat. Yet his vocal delivery is as important in capturing the emotion in the music as any instrument. Lyrically there are no stoic lines, yet there is not a single trite phrase. Gospel music, and I do consider this gospel, relies on accessible language and PPJ follows suit without falling into greeting-card phrases or sentiments. What this album is about and what I’m trying to say can all be found in “Sweet But Bitter Life.” It’s one of my favorite songs from the past year and causes chills and raised fists almost every time I hear it.

Essential Listening. No doubt.

Official Site, On Facebook, Buy There Will Be Nights…

Heavy
There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely
Life

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 11.09.2013 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

For the firs time ever we took the show on the road this weekend. It was weird and I was a little uncomfortable but the music was spot on. So, locate a free 2 hours and put some earholes on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for November 09, 2013 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Sunday Valley – All The Pretty Colors (To The Wind and On To Heaven)
02. White Trash Blues Revival – She Don’t Care (Now Honey, Now Baby, Now Listen…)
03. Husky Burnette – Highway 41 (Tales From East End Blvd.)
04. Scott H. Biram – Sinkin’ Down (Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever)
05. McDougall – Ready, Begin (A Few Towns More)
06. Lincoln Durham – Beautifully Sewn, Violently Torn (Exodus of the Deemed Unrighteous)
07. The Dexeteens – Sunsphere (Sunsphere EP)
08. John Moreland & The Dust Bowl Souls – Low (Everything the Hard Way)
09. Valerie June – Wanna Be On Your Mind (Pushin’ Against A Stone)
10. Drive By Truckers – My Sweet Annette (Decoration Day)
11. Chuck Ragan – Nomad by Fate (Covering Ground)
12. Todd Farrell – My Currency is Doubt (All My Heroes Live In Vans)
13. Chris Knight – Nothing On Me (Little Victories)
14. The Fox Hunt – i’ll drink cheap (Long Way To Go)
15. Tim Barry – (Memento Mori) (28th & Stonewall)
16. Frank Turner – Photosynthesis (Last Minutes & Lost Evenings)
17. Possessed By Paul James – Sweet But Bitter Life (There WIll Be Nights When I Am Lonely)
18. Arliss Nancy – Benjamin (Wild American Runners)
19. Lucero – The Closer You Get (High Cotton)
20. Andrew Combs – Emily
21. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House – Mayberry (Mayberry)
22. Have Gun Will Travel – Standing at the End of the World (Fiction, Fact or Folktale?)
23. Two Cow Garage – Hey Cinderella (Death of the Self Preservation Society)
24. The Builders And The Butchers – Dirt In The Ground (Western Medicine)
25. Brother Paul – Never Ending Dream (Brother Paul)
26. Matt Woods – Deadman’s Blues
27. Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Do Me Right (Untamed Beast)
28. Austin Lucas – So Much More Than Lonely (Stay Reckless)
29. The Vansaders – End of the Line (Stuck In New York City)
30. Drag The River – History With History (Drag The River)
31. The Whiskey Gentry – Holly Grove (Holly Grove)
32. Hellbound Glory – The Feud

Bold = Request

Ninebullets Radio on Facebook
You can stream Ninebullets Radio here
You can download Ninebullets Radio here: Hour 1 / Hour 2
If you like Ninebullets Radio please drop a 5 spot in the Tip Jar.

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 149: aired 11.09.2013

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 10.19.2013 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

Probably one of my favorite shows I’ve done this year. So, try and find 2 hours for a listen to the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for October 19, 2013 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. James Keyes – Darkness Come Creeping (The Middle)
02. The Gourds – Gin and Juice (Shinebox)
03. The Whiskey Gentry – Colly Davis (Holly Grove)
04. The Urbane Cowboys – 30 days (Only Truth Tonight)
05. Possessed By Paul James – Sweet But Bitter Life (There Will Be Nights When I Am Lonely)
06. The Wells – I Had a Dream, Jesse
07. Have Gun Will Travel – Take Me Home, Alice (Fiction, Fact or Folktale?)
08. Todd Farrell – Pawnshops
09. Truckstop Darlin’ – Sad Sweet Songs (Hope and The Heart It Breaks)
10. American Aquarium – Saturday Nights (Burn.Flicker.Die)
11. Big Shoals – 12 Steps
12. The Bean Pickers – warrior (Potlatch)
13. Brett Detar – Too Free To Live (single)
14. Drag The River – The Other Side of OK (Drag The River)
15. Arliss Nancy – Vonnegut (Wild American Runners)
16. Lucero – The Other Side of Lonesome (Texas & Tennessee)
17. Dan Bern – Wasteland (Dan Bern)
18. Lissie – Mountaintop Removal (Back To Forever)
19. The Gaslight Anthem – Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (The ’59 Sound)
20. Becky Warren – Off My Back (The Iraq War EP)
21. Drive-By Truckers – Women Without Whiskey (Southern Rock Opera)
22. Jeff German & the Blankety Blanks – Apology With Every Song (12 Rounds)
23. Matt Woods – Deadman’s Blues
24. Jason Isbell – Elephant (Southeastern)
25. Two Cow Garage – My Great Gatsby (Sweet Saint Me)
26. Left Lane Cruiser – Paralyze Ya (Rock Them Back To Hell)
27. R.E.M. – Orange Crush (Green)

Bold = Request

Ninebullets Radio on Facebook
You can stream Ninebullets Radio here
You can download Ninebullets Radio here: Hour 1 / Hour 2
If you like Ninebullets Radio please drop a 5 spot in the Tip Jar.

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 146: aired 10.19.2013

ROBERT CHILDS’ GUITAR: POSSESSED BY PAUL JAMES

My dad built a guitar.
Shortly after finishing it he got really sick
and on December 02, 2012, he died.
Now, I try and get people to play the guitar.
You can read the whole story here.y

Back in October Konrad Wert of Possessed By Paul James was kind enough to sit down and record what is, too date, probably my favorite session with Dad’s guitar. It’s so authentic. Trust me. Press play.

POSSESSED BY PAUL JAMES – SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER

Previous players:

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 05.31.2012

I was back in the saddle last night after taking a week off and boy howdy it sure felt good. As you can see from the image above, the ninebullets radio stickers came in this week as well. I plan on using them during the next pledge drive so be on the lookout for more info sometime on July about how to get one, should you want one.

Last night’s episode opens with a Doc Watson tune in remembrance of him before launching into a “summer themed” set. The show also features a double dose of one of my favorite new artist finds, McDougall. We get one of his solo songs and follow it up with a track from his project The Brothers Of The Last Watch which also features one of the fellas from Hillstomp. The show also includes new tunes from Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Mastersons, Possessed By Paul James, Otis Gibbs and lots more. If that sounds like the good stuff and you’ve got an hour, go put some ears on the archived stream of the showand thanks for tuning in.

Below is the playlist for May 31, 2012

01. Doc Watson – Columbus Stockade Blues
02. Two Cow Garage – Soundtrack To My Summer
03. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House – Hotter Hell
04. McDougall – Around This Fire
05. Brothers Of The Last Watch – Frank T. James
06. Ryan Purcell & The Last Round – Cover Your Tracks
07. Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls – #1 With A Bullet
08. Jason Eady – AM Country Heaven
09. Greenland Is Melting – No More Sorry Songs
10. Possessed By Paul James – When It Breaks
11. The Mastersons – You Don’t Know
12. Hurray for The Riff Raff – Born To Win (Part One)
13. Otis Gibbs – Detroit Steel
14. The Cult – Amnesia

Bold = Request

Ninebullets Radio on Facebook
You can stream Ninebullets Radio here
You can download Ninebullets Radio here
If you like Ninebullets Radio please drop a 5 spot in the Tip Jar.

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 74: aired 05.31.2012

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 02.02.12

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 February 02, 2012

01. Todd Farrell – Ninebullets Theme Song
02. Shooter Jennings – Southern Family Anthem
03. The Drive-By Truckers – The Southern Thing
04. Matt Woods – Beating Down My Door
05. Chuck Ragan – Let It Rain
06. Arliss Nancy – St. Forgot
07. Otis Gibbs – Christ Number 3
08. William Elliott Whitmore – Black Iowa Dirt
09. Chuck Allen Floyd – Hard Times
10. Lucero – Sometimes
11. Merle Haggard – Working Man’s Blues
12. Charlie Parr – God Moves On The Water
13. Possessed By Paul James – Shoulda Known Better
14. The Willard Grant Conspiracy – The Ballad Of John Parker
15. Yawpers – Worthless

Bold = Request

You can download Ninebullets Radio here

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 57: aired 02.02.2012

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 01.19.12

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 19, 2012

01. Hank Williams III – Pills I Took
02. Willy Tea Taylor – Wandering Boy
03. Charlie Parr – To A Scrapyard Bus Stop
04. Possessed By Paul James – Ferris Wheel
05. The Deep Dark Woods – The Gallows
06. Bob Frank & John Murry – Bubba Rose, 1961
07. Conway Twitty – I’d Love To Lay You Down
08. Low Cut Connie – Big Thighs, NJ
09. Deadman – Oh Delilah!
10. Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil – Blue Eyed Blonde
11. The Fox Hunt – I’ll Drink Cheap
12. The Coloradas – 8 Ball Blues
13. The Pine Hill Haints – Spirit of 1812
14. The Yawpers – Worthless
15. Reba McEntire – The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia

Bold = Request

You can download Ninebullets Radio here

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 55: aired 01.19.2012