BACK IN THE SADDLE & AUSTIN NEEDS OUR HELP:

Over the weekend I was asked what I was gonna write about when I covered the Little Rock weekend on 9B. I told him I had pretty much stopped covering live events cause they’d already happened and there was no going back. That said, the above picture does a fantastic job summing up the weekend. However, I’ll ask you, the 9B readership….should I post some form of a recap or not?

On a more pressing note: Austin Lucas has been unable to get out of Little Rock due to van issues. This is the type of thing that compounds since it takes money to fix the van but Austin makes his money by using said van to get on down the road. So, Austin and Co. are asking for our help:

So Austin Lucas & The Bold Party limped into Little Rock this weekend for the Two Cow Garage Tenth Anniversary Explosion in a van which is in dire need of repairs. They need between $2500-3,000 worth of repairs before they hit the road again for a 5 week run later this week. Ouch.

We all know there’s no money in rock and roll these days so we’re asking for donations to help offset the cost of repairs and keep these guys working. We recorded the entire Austin Lucas set from the Two Cow show and will be offering up that recording in digital form for all who contribute. We know time’s are hard but even a $10 contribution would be much appreciated. If you want to donate more that’d be great! If you want to get silly with the donation amount I’ll come up with a unique way to say thanks. Maybe Austin can play a house show for you or I’ll throw your birthday party at the White Water Tavern…

Thanks for supporting live music and please help spread the word to all your like minded friends and family.

You can make a PayPal donation directly to Austin using:

blownamps@hotmail.com

TAMPA/ST. PETE: TO DO: ALL FREAKING WEEKEND….

Every now and then a weekend comes along that just makes you shake your head at the awesome. If it weren’t for this being Sober February I’d be shaking my head wondering how I was gonna get through it both physically and financially. Anyhow, for the out of town readers, find an awesome show to go to this weekend and support live music. For my in town readers, I found your shows for you:

THURSDAY NIGHT @ THE ORPHEUM: GREENLAND IS MELTING & TIM BARRY ($10)

In what will be the highlight of the weekend; Tim Barry is coming to town Thursday night and he’s bringing Gainesville’s Greenland Is Melting with him. When I reviewed GiM’s album, Or Hearts Are Gold, Our Grass Is Blue, I said they “sound like what I wanted to hear the first time I heard The Avett Brothers” and I stand by that statement. Live, the fun they’re having is almost palpable and most certainly catching. In other words, this ain’t a show you wanna arrive late to. More to the point, it ain’t a show you wanna miss cause Mr. Barry is bringing his self-help sessions put to song version of acoustic folk rock to the stage. Like I said the other night on ninebullets radio, Tim proves that rock and roll ain’t gotta be fancy guitars, shiny clothes and a bag full of whizbang to captivate an audience. Every time I see him live, I walk away with my belief that a man with good songs and pure intentions can still do something in the music world. So come out, sing along and leave happy.

Greenland Is Melting – Blood On The Banjo
Tim Barry – Thing Of The Past

FRIDAY NIGHT @ THE RITZ ($15) / SATURDAY @ @ UNIVERSITY LANES ($30): LEBOWSKI FEST


In yet another sign that Tampa/St. Pete might actually be becoming a “real” city, we’ve gotten out own Lebowski Fest! Now, let’s hope like hell that people actually come out to it.

Friday night will feature music by Have Gun Will Travel and Ernie Locke’s (Nervous Turkey) new band, Lambasters with a screening of the movie afterwards. Friday will also feature a guest appearance by the real-life inspiration for The Dude, Jeff “The Dude” Dowd who’s filming a new documentary titled “The Dude.”

Saturday will feature Bowling, Costume, Trivia and other contests at University Lanes from 6-10pm and Jeff Dowd will be there as well.

So go out, imbibe and abide.


SATURDAY NIGHT @ DAVE’S AQUA LOUNGE: “ONE FOR THE ROAD” A FUNDRAISER FOR TAMPA/ST. PETE’S SxSW AUSTIN BOUND BANDS


The best way to directly support your local music scene this weekend is to come out to Dave’s Aqua Lounge for Bammo’s sixth annual “One For The Road” fundraiser. It’s expensive to take time off work, load up in the van and drive out to Austin and back. Sure, you can book shows out there and back if you can get enough time off work but here’s a dirty little secret a lot of people don’t know about SxSW; the bands don’t get paid for the shows they do there. That’s right, the bands will end up spending 4 days playing (sometimes) two shows a day and they’ll do it all for free. Some come out, see some of the best local bands in the area all in one location and do some good while you’re at it. The show starts at 7:00 and features; Sun Society, Ronny Elliott, Rebekah Pulley & TRP, Human Condition, Poetry N Lotion, Have Gun Will Travel & The Beauvilles. Admission is a suggested minumum donation of $10.00 (100% of donations go to the bands). There will also be raffles and all sorts of other funness.

The Beauvilles – Rain
Have Gun Will Travel – Kerosene and Candlelight

MIC HARRISON AND THE HIGH SCORE – GREAT COMMOTION


Mic Harrison and the High Score are one of those bands that I rarely listen to but every time I do I wonder why I’m not listening to more of them. My good buddy Larry turned me on to them a couple of years back when they released their third album, Push Me On Home. At the time I said they remided me “of a rawer, more rocking and less sober version of Robert Earl Keene”, and I think that description still fits them pretty well. Really, Great Commotion is everything that ninebullets is about. A record with enough twang and jangle in it that the kids don’t like it, but too much rock and roll for a Sunday morning.

Give it a listen.

Mic Harrison and the High Score – I’m Still Lost
Mic Harrison and the High Score – Talk To You Tonight
Mic Harrison and the High Score – Interstate Wall

Mic Harrison and the High Score’s Official Site, Mic Harrison and the High Score on Facebook, Buy Great Commotion

FRANK TURNER – THE ROCK AND ROLL EP


LOL. The other day I said it was ninebullets.net policy not to write about EP’s, only to then write about an EP. Well I am gonna follow that up by, less than a week later, writing about another EP. I mean, wtf is policy for if it’s not to be blatantly disregarded, right?

Anyhow, Frank Turner was someone whose name I read and heard a lot, but whose music I’d never heard. Matter of fact, it reached a point where I was hearing his name so much and hearing his music so little that I began to wonder if it was a case of the reality not matching the hype. When I saw that he was opening up the Lucero/Social Distortion tour I decided that I was gonna avoid listening to any of his recorded material and let his live show be my initial point of reference.

He took the stage that night and opened with a song I disliked so much that by the end of it I had moved from the front of the venue to the very back. I was lost, and it was gonna take something pretty epic to win me back. Frank and his band took that challenge and pretty much maintained awesome for the remainder of their set. By the end of the third song I was back in the front, and somewhere in the middle of the set I was tweeting about how Frank Turner is the perfect mix of Tim Barry and The Gaslight Anthem. Was I drunk? Well, of course, it was a Lucero show, but the comparison has held up under the careful examination of this here EP.

Now I’ll be honest, after that show my intent was to starting acquiring Frank Turner albums like a dog does fleas, but it just hasn’t happened. That said, this EP has reignited that fire. As an added bonus, only one song on the EP will appear on the new album, which is due sometime in the future.

Frank Turner – I Still Believe
Frank Turner – To Absent Friend

Frank Turner’s Official Site, Frank Turner on Facebook, Buy The Rock And Roll EP

TOP 5: TAKEN TOO SOON…


December 8, 1980 & December 8, 2004. John Lennon and Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott respectively were shot. If there is a running theme in music besides “Sex, Drugs & Rock and Roll” it’s the consistent muting of some of it’s brightest stars before their time and I thought today’s Top 5 could acknowledge that.

So, today’s Top 5 is “Artists Who Died Too Soon”.

Here are mine:

Robert Johnson: The lack of reliable documentation about Robert’s life has allowed plenty of rumor and conjecture up to and including the story the he sold his soul to the devil. However, what is known is that Robert Johnson recorded exactly 29 songs and in doing so, essentially defined a genre. On August 16, 1938, Robert died at the age of 27 from symptoms consistent with strychnine poisoning.

Robert Johnson – Cross Road Blues

Jim Croce: Jim released 3 albums while he was alive. His 4th album, I Got A Name, was released shortly after his airplane crashed in Louisiana on September 20, 1973. While Jim’s best known for hits like “Operator”, “Time In A Bottle” and “I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song” I think his more interesting works were his character songs.

Jim Croce – You Don’t Mess Around With Jim

Hank Williams: Died on January 1, 1953 at the age of 29 and still worshiped at the altars of country music some 50+ years later. Originally, I wasn’t gonna include anyone who died from a drug overdose on my list but it kept feeling incomplete without Hank on it so I broke my one rule. I guess Hank was worth that though. Interesting factoid: The last single released while Hank was alive was the prophetic, “I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive”.

Hank Williams – I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive

Tupac Shakur: It’s easy to just blow 2Pac off as “a gangsta rapper”. It’s easy for people who aren’t fans of hiphop to just blow rap off all together. Both are shortsighted and shallow. If ever the phrase, “muting of some of it’s brightest stars before their time” applied to an artist, it’s Tupac (though he has released more albums dead than he ever did alive).

Tupac – So Many Tears

Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines & Cassie Gaines: Were they the best southern rock band? Probably not. Do they define it the southern rock sound? No doubt about it and they might have gone on to be the most important band to ever emerge from the south. But an airplane took that chance away in 1977.

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Tuesday’s Gone

THE CUR DOGS – CHASING TALES


I get a lot of Facebook messages from bands telling me how much they love ninebullets while selling the fuck out of their new cd to me. So when I received a passing message from Tal of The Cur Dogs introducing me to his band I was intrigued by it’s “check it out if you want, if not…whatever” tone as well as the fact that he admitted he had just found out about 9b….so I clicked the link. Liking what I heard on their myspace profile I asked for the cd and was directed to d/l it from their label. At that point I learned that they are on the same label as 9B faves, The Wells and I officially moved from curious to desirous.

The Cur Dogs are from the great state of Ohio and more specifically from the same town as one constantly overrated college football team and one constantly underrated rock and roll band called Two cow Garage. Rumor has it that the Two Cow song, “Lydia”, might even have something to do with one of The Cur Dogs girlfriends….but you know, that’s just some scuttlebutt I heard. Musically, these dudes perform a pretty straight forward brand of rock and roll that would probably fit somewhere in the Lucero meets DBT area of the americana soundscape with midwest working man lyrics. In other words, it’s exactly the kind of shit we love here at the ninebullets compound. Check it out and tell me what you think.

The Cur Dogs – Kro-Bride
The Cur Dogs – Apology With Every Song
The Cur Dogs – Tattoo The Devil

The Cur Dogs’ Official Site, The Cur Dogs on myspace, Buy Chasing Tales

TWO COW GARAGE – SWEET SAINT ME


I’m gonna admit up front that if you’re looking for an “objective” review of the album, then you may as well hit your browser’s back button right now. I’m not here to be objective about the music I love, and as any regular here knows, not only do I love the music these guys make, I like them as people, too. That said, no matter how much I like a band, I’m not in the business of convincing myself that I like something (see the last few DBT cd reviews), so I hope you believe that my enthusiasm for this album is genuine.

Two Cow Garage could not have found a more fitting month to release their fifth album, Sweet Saint Me, than Rocktober. Over the past eight years I’ve watched these guys morph from what one might call a heavy metal alt.country band into a straight forward bar room rock band, before adding keys to their sound in 2008 and becoming a rock and roll force that has taken (in my opinion) the title of Best Touring Rock and Roll Band In America from the Drive-By Truckers tour buses and backstage green room-softened hands. Over those years we’ve also watched them grow as songwriters and people, maturing from the small town youthful angst of the first two album, to the doubt and despair of being in a struggling band that was a large overtone of the last two albums, to now.

With Sweet Saint Me, gone are those doubts, gone is the despair. In its place is the acceptance of “Soundtrack of My Summer”, the resolve of “Brothers In Arms” and the battle cry of “My Great Gatsby”. It took 8 years and 5 albums, but Two Cow Garage has finally decided to shrug the jacket of discontent and plant their flag firmly at the 50 yard line of rock and roll’s home turf.

What do you say after that? Is it Essential Listening? Absolutely. Is it one of the best albums of the year? No doubt about it. Is it their best album ever? Man, that’s tough. Personally, I am looking at Sweet Saint Me as a reboot of the band. Two Cow v.2, if you will. I will say this, it’s easily the best collection of songs they’ve ever released. I’ll say that, even though I think the best song Micah’s ever written was “Skinny Legged Girl”, Sweet Saint Me displays Micah’s best songwriting to date, and once the pure rock fury (can you name the rock reference right there?) gets comfortable there will be plenty of depth in the words to keep you flush with heady obscure lyric quotes for Twitter for months. I will also say it’s the best album they’ve ever done instrumentally and it’s easily their most confident album ever.

So, behold. This is a great little band, and just because you may not have heard of them doesn’t change that. Once I watched a Black Keys show here in Tampa with maybe 50 other people. The next time they played Tampa they were in a fucking amphitheater. Get on board now, skip one 8 dollar, double mocha, double extra soy frapp with extra reverse zahbe-dah from Starbucks and buy an .mp3 copy of this album.

Two Cow Garage – My Great Gatsby
Two Cow Garage – Soundtrack To My Summer
Two Cow Garage – Jackson, Don’t You Worry

Two Cow Garage’s Official Site, Two Cow Garage on myspace, Buy Sweet Saint Me

Tampa/St. Pete folk: Two Cow Garage will be coming to New World Brewery in support of Sweet Saint Me on Monday, October 11th. Cover will be $8.00. I hope to see some of y’all there.