TAMPA/ST. PETE TO DO/TICKET GIVE AWAY: JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE – THURSDAY NIGHT @ CROWBAR


Fresh outta rehab, Bloodshot recording artist, Justin Townes Earle has packed a suitcase full of stylish suits and set back on the road in support of his latest album, Harlem River Blues. This tour will bring Justin into Florida for what I am told is not his first time but it’s certainly the first time in a really really long time.

I was in attendance for a Justin Townes Earle show at SxSW last year and I can saw that it sounded pretty good. I couldn’t tell you what it looked like cause I was way too late in arrival to get close enough to actually see the Yard Dog stage. Normally, when an artist goes into rehab what emerges is usually changed. Some come out focused and better, some come out incomplete and lost. For Justin is seems rehab has done him some good. I’ll quote one of his more fair critics who caught his show the other night:

So how was the Justin Townes Earle performance?

It was fucking phenomenal. Absolutely unbelievable. It was the best live performance I have seen all year. Hell, it may be the best music performance I have seen, ever. It was genuine, it was pure, and outright magical. Justin Townes Earle is gifted beyond words, and it seems almost foolish to try and describe it. I’ve given careful, sober thoughts to my reactions to his performance Saturday night at The Parish in Austin, TX, and I can say with confidence that Justin Townes Earle is nothing less than a national treasure.

So there you go. It’s shaping up to be an epic close to a phenomenal year. I wouldn’t miss this one if I were you Tampa/St. Pete…..God knows when he’ll be back around these parts.

Justin Townes Earle – Lone Pine Hill
Justin Townes Earle – Mama’s Eyes
Justin Townes Earle – Move over Mama

Aestheticized Presents was kind enough to give ninebullets a pair of tickets to give away for the show here on the site. So, the first person to email me the name of Justin’s father as well as the person Justin was named for will win the tickets & if this text isn’t stricken out, no one has won. CONGRATULATIONS JOHN ALLMAN! SEE YOU AT THE SHOW.

TAMPA/ST. PETE HAPPENINGS:


Looking for something amazing to do tonight? How about checking out some amazing music from some of the best bands Florida has to offer while sipping beers at one of the best beer bars in Tampa?

Lauris Vidal is celebrating the release of his new album, Better Part, down in Ybor City tonight along with ninebullets faves, Have Gun Will Travel and Devon Stuart. Devon will have Mr. Michael Claytor with him as well. So, come join me at New World and we’ll work on drinking enough that the ass whipping Cincinnati is gonna put on the USF Bulls doesn’t sting quite so much.

Lauris Vidal – Better Part


Saturday sees the 7th edition of the annual Carlsfest. Carlsfest is the annual celebration of Carl Granger‘s birthday and also happens to be the only day of the year Carl drinks. The festivities start early with everyone meeting at noon for a scavenger hunt. Tomorrow night everyone will gather at The Bar for some drinky drinks and music provided by Devon and Michael. The good news is that the gators aren’t playing so none of the party goers will be mourning a 4th straight defeat.

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.

DEBUT OF THE BRAND NEW TWO COW GARAGE SONG: MY GREAT GATSBY


Last week we debuted the video for “Lydia”, the lead single from Two Cow’s new album, Sweet Saint Me while Punknews debuted the song “Sally I’ve Been Shot”. In other words, all sorts of Two Cow Garage awesomeness was occurring last week. This week has been a continuation of that momentum with Suburban Home’s announcement of the Sweet Saint Me preorder as well as Farce The Music dropping a review of the album. Ninebullets is nothing short of ecstatic to a be a continuing part of the lead up to Sweet Saint Me’s release with the debut of the song “My Great Gatsby”.

Two Cow Garage – My Great Gatsby

I have to thank Virgil and the band a million times. When I was approached about debuting a song here I specifically asked for “My Great Gatsby” because it’s my favorite song on the album. I wouldn’t have blamed them for wanting to keep this one under wraps until Sweet Saint Me dropped but they told me to go for it without a moments notice. I hope y’all love it as much as I do. I feel the song acts as a Two Cow Garage mission statement and have sort of adopted it as my own. Sweet Saint Me officially drops on October 26th but the preorder is available tomorrow and everyone who preorders the album will be granted an immediate digital download of the entire album. Order it! These guys deserve as much as our hard earned money as we’re able to give them. Hell, I’ve had the digital album for months now and I’ll be ordering a copy or two later this afternoon.

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.