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Below is the playlist for February 23, 2012

01. Todd Farrell – Ninebullets Radio Intro
02. Justin Townes Earle – Look The Other Way
03. Moot Davis – Fade To Gold
04. Have Gun Will Travel – Dream No More
05. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Centreville
06. Lincoln Durham – Love Letters
07. Wess Floyd – Record Player
08. Otis Gibbs – Big Whiskers
09. Poor Man’s Poison – Crown Vic Headlights
10. Anais Mitchell – Young Man In America
11. The James Low Western Front – Whiskey Farmer
12. The Steeldrivers – If It Hadn’t Been For Love
13. Strawfoot – The Lords Wrath
14. The Gaslight Anthem – God’s Gonna Cut You Down
15. Woody Guthrie – This Land Is Your Land

Bold = Request

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Episode 60: aired 02.23.2012


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 March 03, 2011.

  1. Todd Snider – Is This Thing Working?
  2. Otis Gibbs – The People’s Day
  3. Chet O’Keefe – Take Me To The Liquor Store
  4. Whitey Morgan & The ’78’s – I Ain’t Drunk
  5. Lucero – Drink Till We’re Gone
  6. Shooter Jennings – Hair of the Dog
  7. Austin Lucas – Darkness Out Of Me
  8. Grayson Capps – Ol’ Slac
  9. Have Gun Will Travel – Sons & Daughters of the Guilded Age
  10. Hellbound Glory – Why Take The Pain
  11. Left Lane Cruiser – Pig Farm
  12. James Leg – Drowning In Fire
  13. Builders and the Butchers – All Away
  14. Strawfoot – Cursed Neck
  15. Old Crow Medicine Show – Tell It To Me


Sometimes ninebullets can be work, albeit enjoyable work, but work nonetheless. Then there are times where it’s fun, where you get to write about a band you really think folks will like once they’ve had a chance to hear them. The first time I wrote about The Fox Hunt it was like that, same as the first time I wrote about Strawfoot, and I’m getting that same feeling as I sit here getting ready to tell y’all about this little unsigned band from a town in Georgia you’ve never heard of (hell, I got all sorts of family in Georgia and I’ve never heard of it) that goes by the name of Chase Fifty Six.

Chase Fifty Six, like certain other notable Georgia-based bands, has a three axe attack, featuring Kenny Mac, Brent Griggs and Chris Stalcup (who is also the singer). The outfit is rounded out by Jared Cobb on drums and Jim Vollrath on bass. Their new album, Allatoona Rising, was recorded in a shack in the Georgia woods during the summer of 2009. The album features 11 tracks of something they’re calling “Georgia Rock.” Now, honestly, I’ve never heard of the Georgia Rock until now and I’m not sure Georgia has a defined enough sound to get their own genre yet, but you know, whatever. When I told my wife about the album I explained it as such, “It’s like early Drive-By Truckers. Think pre-Southern Rock Opera minus those bad attempts at being funny that the Truckers experienced from time to time. The singer sounds sort of reminiscent of Cooley, but there’s no “Love Like This” on the album. I hope no one feels like it’s a slam to say that the songwriting here isn’t on par with Cooley’s. I mean, IMO, Cooley is one of the best songwriters I’ve had the pleasure to grow up with, watch play and witness grow. So, songwriting comparisons aside, I’d like to say that Allatoona Rising is a fantastic effort from a band worth paying attention to.

Chase Fifty Six – Mary Jane
Chase Fifty Six – Goodbye Princess
Chase Fifty Six – Devil’s Bed

Chase Fifty Six’s Official Site, Chase Fifty Six on myspace, Buy Allatoona Rising


It’s been a while since I just wrote about a song (the others are here and here), and even though this won’t actually get posted for a week or more, tonight is made for a night of meditating on “Wayfaring Stranger”. This weekend was horribly overshadowed by death with an internet/real life acquaintance losing his wife many decades before he should have, and our tech guru, Trevor, losing a pet. I know some of you have no idea how sad losing a pet can be, but anyone who’s ever lost a household pet knows how dark that grieving process can actually be. To both Don and Trevor I offer my deepest condolences, and in my own weird way I’m writing about this song for y’all.

“The Wayfaring Stranger” or “Poor Wayfaring Stranger”, like most traditional folk songs, is of an unknown and oft-disputed origin. Depending on who you ask, the song’s origins are Appalachian Folk, Old Irish, or Catskills Folk, with some even theorizing that its origins rest in the Negro Spirituals and that there was a deliberate concealment of the song’s origins. Based on my own limited knowledge and experience from researching other traditional folk songs, I get the feeling that it either started in the slave fields of the old South or came to the Appalachian people via the Irish. Like most other traditional American folk songs there are thousands of variations of “Wayfaring Stranger”, which take great liberties in title, melody, harmony and lyrics. The version we’re most familiar with now was popularized in the middle of the twentieth century by musical researchers and performers such as Pete Seeger and Burl Ives.

The song tells of a wayfaring stranger’s hardships and struggles on this mortal coil and the final reward of reuniting with their loved ones in the afterlife. It has been covered by more people than you can shake a stick at, but here are some of my favorites:

The Standard:

Burl Ives – Wayfaring Stranger

My Favorites:

Scott H. Biram – Poor, Wayfaring Stranger
Laura Love – Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Strawfoot – Poor Wayfarin’ Stranger
Eva Cassidy – Wayfaring Stranger

The Best of the Rest:

16 Horsepower – Wayfaring Stranger
Doc WatsonMerle Watson – Wayfaring Stranger
Emmylou Harris – Wayfaring Stranger
Greenland is Melting – Wayfaring Stranger
Jack White – Wayfaring stranger
Johnny Cash – Wayfaring Stranger
Natalie Merchant – Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Neko Case – Wayfaring Stranger


That is a picture of the meathand I made yesterday for my wife’s Halloween party. I was supposed to post that picture and this contest yesterday but all of my plans were derailed by a bad hamburger the night before. Anyhow. Last night was the official release of Strawfoot’s new album, How We Prospered (review), and in celebration they’ve given my a prize pack to award to the ninebullets faithful. So, the first (3) people to email me and tell me what they dressed as last night will win a prize. First person will win a copy of the new album, How We Prospered, the Second person will win a copy of the first album, Chasing Locusts and the first person to email a picture of themselves dressed up last night will win a copy of both cds. GIVEAWAY IS OVER.

Strawfoot – Churchyard Cough
Strawfoot – Independence Day
Strawfoot – Seven Ways

Strawfoot’s Official Site, Strawfoot on myspace, Strawfoot on Facebook


I first found Strawfoot via the Rodentia compilation released by Devil’s Ruin Records. Being more than blown away by their contribution to that cd, I bought their debut album, Chasing Locusts, and the rest is history. Since writing about Chasing Locusts, Marcus (singer) and I have had numerous email exchanges and he was kind enough to send a copy of their newest cd, How We Prospered, my way a few weeks ahead of its fitting Halloween release date.

In the time between Chasing Locusts and How We Prospered, the band lineup found itself in flux by losing a harmonica player and having to replace a bassist and drummer. These changes have done little to lighten the mood of these “foul-mouthed heathens” accompanying a particularly angry preacher. In fact, one could say the new additions have brought the simmering anger of Chasing Locusts to the surface.  The album features 10 original tracks and a cover of Hank’s “Ramblin Man”, plus the track “More Of Dread” whose lyrics were taken from a poem written by Honest Abe Lincoln (yes, the former President). Turns out that in addition to being arguably one of America’s greatest presidents, Abe also fancied himself something of a poet, so in honor of his 200th birthday the band turned one of his poems into song. Think of it like the Old Crow/Bob Dylan co-write of “Wagon Wheel“, only darker.

The words of Strawfoot are something that should be discussed as well. I’m always happy when a band is proud enough of their lyrics to actually include them in the cd insert, but Strawfoot takes that one step further by making a book (available for free download here) that includes the lyrics from Strawfoot’s songbook. It also should be noted that when Marcus isn’t penning songs for Strawfoot, he manages to write books from time to time.

Extracurricular activities aside, a band is ultimately judged on its music and I think Strawfoot’s blend of gospel, folk, country and attitude will leave you feeling wholly satisfied. I came into it with enormous expectations, and after getting over my typical uneasiness with new albums from bands I like I’ve fallen in love with it. Hell, I like it better than Chasing Locusts and I had the nerve to dub that Essential Listening, so I think you already know where this one falls.

Check out the samples and buy it come Halloween.

Strawfoot – Churchyard Cough
Strawfoot – Independence Day
Strawfoot – Seven Ways

Strawfoot’s Official Site, Strawfoot on myspace, Strawfoot on Facebook