Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog 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 June 09, 2011.

01. Seasick Steve – Treasures
02. Frank Turner – English Curse
03. William Elliott Whitmore – Everything Gets Gone
04. Grayson Capps – Rock N Roll
05. Micah Schnabel – Cut Me Mick
06. Tim Barry – “222”
07. Larry and His Flask – Ready Your Roomates
08. The Legendary Shackshakers – County Of Graves
09. Matt Woods – Beating Down My Door
10. The Deep Dark Woods – The Gallows
11. Pinebox Serenade – Woven Arms
12. The Wells – I Had A Dream, Jesse
13. The .357 String Band – The Days Engrave
14. Drag the River – Calloused Heart #2
15. Chuck Ragan – Rotterdamn
16. Lucero – Wandering Star
(requests are in italics)

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.


Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog 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 April 14, 2011.

  1. Mat D – Ford Marriage
  2. Delta Moon – Clear Blue Flame
  3. The Steeldrivers – Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey
  4. Otis Gibbs – Small Town Saturday Night
  5. Chet O’Keefe – Game Bird
  6. Cam Penner – Driftwood
  7. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Alabama Pines
  8. Chris Knight – Enough Rope
  9. Seasick Steve – Chiggers
  10. Drive-By Truckers – Sinkhole
  11. Truckstop Coffee – The Ballad Of Joel Carpenter
  12. Matt Woods – Johnny Ray Dupree
  13. Have Gun Will Travel – Ol’ Death Rattle

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.


Last week I wrote about Merle Haggard and how appropriate the title I Am What I Am was. Well, this week we’re writing about a new Seasick Steve album and it may be even more appropriately titled with Man From Another Time. Seasick Steve was born in 1941, learned to play guitar at the age of 8 and left home for the life of a hobo at the age of 13. He has worked as a carnie, a cowboy and a migrant worker over the years. Looking more like the beach bum you’d see playing covers at the local beach bar than a multi-platinum selling artist, Seasick Steve is about as real as they come. With this, his fifth album, Steve sticks to the the same formula that’s worked so well over the years; rolling grooves, blues riffs played with slides and cigar box guitars, and a voice rich from 60 years of life on the street.

In the title track, Seasick asks, “Don’t you got nothing better to do than to listen to a man from another time?” For this particular blogger the answer is simply, “No.” You could make the argument that Seasick Steve is the grandfatherly version of Tim Barry, but there is no denying that he’s Essential Listening.

Seasick Steve – Man From Another Time
Seasick Steve – Never Go West
Seasick Steve – Big Green And Yeller

Seasick Steve’s Official Site, Seasick Steve on myspace, Buy Man From Another Time


Well. We’ve arrived in Minnesota and caught Restauvant, Left Lane Cruiser and Radio Moscow at the opening night of the Deep Blues Festival. I am gonna have some guest posts for y’all over the next few days and I thought, “Why not start it off with someone from Minnesota?”.

Enter Neil Smith to add a little class the site. Hope y’all enjoy.

Thanks to Autosy4 for letting me stick my nose in over here and sniff around.  This is one of my fave sites, a necessary stop on an almost daily level to recharge with some high voltage twang.

When I surf on over to, I’m absolutely certain that I’ll find something every time to help me groove while I’m working on a new novel.  Be it Slim Cessna, Seasick Steve, The Fox Hunt, Biram, John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives, or some good ol’ DBT, I’m telling you that this shit goes smoothly with crime fiction.  Especially when you’re reading some funky, red-clay covered, sweaty and sexy rural noir.

So I’m going to give you some surefire good reads to go along with the ripped speaker deep blues blasting out your ear pods.

Of course, I won’t mention my own novels, like Yellow Medicine and Hogdoggin’, both badass rural noirs following the exploits of dirty cop Billy Lafitte, who gets a second chance after Hurricane Katrina to start over again a thousand miles away in Southern Minnesota.  What does he do with it?  He goes right back to being a dirty cop.  And then it gets weird.  Malaysian wannabe terrorist trying to fund their terror plots with meth money, plus Billy’s love for a girl in a psychobilly band, leads him deeper and deeper into dangerous shit.  Not to mention that in the sequel, Hogdoggin’, he joins a cult biker club.

But no, let’s not talk about those, or about The Drummer (heavy metal drummer fakes his death to fool the IRS, and is discovered fifteen years later in New Orleans), or my first novel, Psychosomatic (First line: “Because Lydia didn’t have arms or legs, she shelled out three thousand bucks to a washed-up middleweight named Cap to give her ex-husband the beating of his life.”).  Really, that wouldn’t be fair, would it.

The first name on my list is Joe R. Lansdale, the brilliant and ridiculously funny author of the Hap and Leonard series, set in Lansdale’s home stomping grounds of East Texas.  Hap’s a good ol’ boy who can kick a few asses now and then, while Leonard is his gay black, Vietnam vet best friend.  Together, they burn down a crack house, go chasing sunken treasure, and generally stumble into situations where they get the living fuck beat out of them.  Highly entertaining.  Start with Savage Season and The Two-Bear Mambo and you’ll blaze through them up until the most recent, Vanilla Ride. But Lansdale is also know for his horror writing, including the story that spawned the movie Bubba Ho-Tep (editor’s note: Bubba Ho-Tep is a GREAT movie).  If you want a fantastic and creepy rural noir that contains perhaps the most skin-crawling image I’ve ever had to conjure up, try Freezer Burn.

Next, in a more serious (but just as warped) vein, would be Mississippi’s late great Larry Brown.  He died several years back at the height of his powers.  Young, only around 50.  But his novels are brutal enough to make you flinch.  I’d start with Father and Son, about an intensely angry man just out of prison in 1968 who goes right back to killing, then move on to Joe and Fay, and for an equally tasty snack, you have to take a look at where he shines most–in the short story.  His collections are Big Bad Love and Facing the Music.  I’m also a fan of his essays in Billy Ray’s Farm.

Back to the funny side of things, even if we’re talking about some dark, dark funny.  One of my all-time favorite authors, James Crumley recently passed away, leaving behind some of the wildest “gonzo noirs” I’ve ever read.  Everyone must start with his classic The Last Good Kiss, featuring an alcoholic bulldog and a detective wandering around the American West.  You’ll get the same melancholy noir/western/black comedy out of The Wrong Case, but I especially love the under appreciated later novels The Final Country and The Right Madness.  I mean, when you’ve got someone hanging herself, only to have the head pop off the body, the body fall on the detective, and them both rolling out the door while the detective is vomiting and laughing at the same time, well…hard to top.

Take a steamy trip down to Florida with Vicki Hendricks’s steamy redneck noir in Miami Purity, which begins with a woman killing her white trash boyfriend with a boombox to the face.  Or Iguana Love, which involves scuba diving, steroids, lots of sex, and, you guessed it, an iguana.  Vicki’s a good friend and a great, whacked-out writer.

To keep you busy for years to come, I’d suggest Southern Louisiana via James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux series, starting with The Neon Rain and stretching through nearly twenty more until you get to the aftermath of Katrina in The Tin Roof Blowdown, and Dave’s Montana fishing vacation in Sawn Peak.  If you like one, you’ll like them all, as Burke has a particular lush style that leans heavy on the description of Southern weather, bayous, and the land, while also displaying his unique take on dialogue.  It’s an art.  A bloody, inspired art.

And let’s not forget the master: Harry Crews.  Not officially a noir writer, but I doubt many Southern Gothic tales of crime and misery in the new American South could have been written without him.  Start with The Gospel Singer and soak in the sensuality of backwoods religion.  Try Scar Lover for one of the weirdest love stories this side of Wild at Heart.  And then there’s Body, which moves the hicks off the mountain and into Miami Beach and women’s bodybuilding.  He will creep you out.  And that’s part of the pleasure of reading Crews.

I could go on and on, but a lot of these you either know or will stumble into along the way (Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men, Dorthy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, Jayne Anne Phillips’s Lark and Termite, Scott Phillips’s Cottonwood, Jim Thompson’s Killer Inside Me, Flannery O’Connor, and old Gold Medal titles from Harry Whittington and John Faulkner, brother of William), but I can’t leave you without mentioning a writer so good that once you discover his work, you’ll mete his name out only to those people in your life you trust most.  You’ll become a disciple.  And that writer is Daniel Woodrell.  He came screaming out of Missouri Ozark country with jaw-dropping novels like Tomato Red, The Death of Sweet Mister, and his most recent Winter’s Bone.  Find them.  Devour them.  You need them.  And all the while in the background, you’ll hear the haunted strains of all those dark fire and brimstone bands you find here on Nine Bullets.

Hope that keeps your library card or local bookstore busy this summer.  But take a break from the pages to head on out to some concerts and soak it all in like New Orleans humidity.  But one thing I’ve learned from being raised in Mississippi, hanging around Southeast Louisiana, and now living all the way up here in Southwest Minnesota’s farm country–the accents may be different, but rural is rural.  We all understand each others’ stories easier that way.


Whew! Talk about getting this one in just under the wire. This month was nutzo with 80 Proof Music, a brief break and all sorts of other stuff. No matter though cause we’re coming in on time with some great music to fill your July 4th weekend up with.

I decided to shorten up the nine bullets intro music this month. I’m not very happy with how it ended up and I hope to make a better edit of it in the coming weeks or I’ll just go back to posting the whole song. What do you think? Do you like hearing all of Nine Bullets each month or would you prefer a shortened version of it?

This month’s podcast includes a new track by one of our favorite rock bands, The Whipsaws as well as a track from fellow Alaskan, Matthew Dean Herman which comes from his Evan Phillip’s (The Whipsaws / E.S.P.) produced debut, Blackbird. The album is fantastic and I’ve got a nice little write-up about it I plan on posting next week. As you’ll see in the track listing below there is also a fun little segment of cover songs and we round things off with a rocking/punk-blues segment followed by a set of songs with a more traditional blues sound.

I decided to close the show with some nerdcore hiphop tracks. The Master Onion song is from an old video game called PaRappa The Rapper that I just adored. I followed that up with two artists from Scrub Club Records that have just been blowing me away for the past week. You can download both of their albums over on Scrub Club for free and I’d advise you to do it….they’re doing the whole nerdcore thing on a totally new level.

July is gonna be another crazy month. I am hitting up Nerdapalooza and The Deep Blues Festival in July. I’m sure I am gonna be exposed to (and get) a shit ton of new music and my guess is that the July podcast will be focused on that stuff….I dunno about you, but I can’t wait.

Okay, that’s enough typing, let’s get to the track list and the music:

  1. Ninebullets Podcast Intro [00.00.00]
  2. The Whipsaws – Dr. Please [00.12.03]
  3. Autopsy IV Commentary [04.40.25]
  4. Matthew Dean Herman – Blackbird [05.49.00]
  5. Jace Everett – Bad Things [09.57.45]
  6. Autopsy IV Commentary [12.38.75]
  7. The Takers & Austin Lucas – Mama Tried (Merle Haggard cover) [13.27.50]
  8. Todd Snider – Corpus Christie Bay (Robert Earle  Keene Cover) [15.38.00]
  9. Jon Snodgrass & Cory Branan – Wild One (Thin Lizzy Cover) [19.27.75]
  10. Autopsy IV Commentary [21.22.75]
  11. Little Foot Long Foot – Junebug [22.22.25]
  12. Seasick Steve – Cheap [25.53.00]
  13. The Pack A.D. – Blackout [29.55.00]
  14. Scott H. Biram – Judgement Day [32.27.75]
  15. Autopsy IV Commentary [35.00.00]
  16. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Cootie Starks & Neal Pattman – Prison Blues [35.41.50]
  17. Swampcandy – South County [40.16.00]
  18. Mississippi Marvel & Lightnin’ Malcolm – Black Mattie’s Face [42.13.25]
  19. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, George Butler & The Howlin Wolf Band – Spoonful [44.19.25]
  20. Autopsy IV Commentary [49.36.75]
  21. Master Onion – Chop, Chop [51.19.25]
  22. Kabuto The Python – Open Season (feat. Margaret Thatcher) [53.40.50]
  23. Dr. Awkward – Geekquilibrium [57.30.00]

As always, any suggestions on how to make this thing better are always appreciated. As are any efforts to promote and advertise it….so please, Tweet about it, post links on message boards, post myspace bulletins and force your little sister to listen to it.

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