I don’t wanna come off as whining too much but I did wanna talk about something I’ve noticed over the past year or two. There was a time where the blogging scene was kind of united, we read each other’s blogs, commented on each other’s blogs and once twitter took hold we retweeted one anothers blog posts. Really, that doesn’t happen too much any more. I am just as guilty as anyone else. Not sure why it happened but all the bloggers seem to have just perched up on their own little internet islands and became hermits. If I really marinated on it for a while I have a feeling Facebook plays some sort of role in it but so does competition, traffic hoarding and probably a sense of general burnout, an I’m posting my shit and going on with my life mentality if you will. I understand it all and am guilty of each and every charge I’ve levied at one point or another.

But I want to stop.

Over the past year I’ve found myself worrying less and less about who comes to ninebullets or how many people are visiting 9b a day to the point where I might look at my traffic stats once a week or less anymore. As that overall concern of 9b’s “status” wains the reason I started the blog, to bring attention to bands I love, is retaking it’s place at the top of my 9b priority list. One of the things I decided was that in the new year I was gonna renew my reading of other blogs, listening to other people’s podcasts and being an active participant in this little musical community beyond the 1 or 2 posts on ninebullets activities. And when I find neat shit on other people’s sites….tell y’all about it. And that other site. Will this reduce traffic to 9b? Perhaps. Will other site owners and bloggers reciprocate the good will? Hopefully. Either way, I’ll feel better about the role I am playing in this community.

With that said, I wanna point y’all to so cool podcasts that I’ve listened to in the past week or so:

My man Von does the podcast Americana Rock Mix and it is exactly what the title would suggest. Anyhow, Von has been maintaining and impossible regiment of posting a new show (almost) every week for about 127 weeks, and you ain’t gotta be a math major to know that’s a long fucking time. Anyhow, he’s finally starting to suffer from burn-out and floated the idea of stopping all together on his latest show. This is unacceptable. Head over and check out some of his shows. Maybe send him an email if you appreciate what you hear. As I said on Facebook the other day, you have no idea a simple email letting us know that you’re out there and enjoying what we do raise our spirits.

The Taco part of the Taco Podcast Radio Show stands for the Twang Alliance of Central Ohio and to be honest with you, I’d never heard of their show until they dropped a link to the latest episode on Ninebullets Radio’s Facebook page. The show is relatively new and it looks like there was an extended hiatus between the last episode and the one before that but none of that really matters cause I quite enjoyed Episode 7. The show features tunes from 9b.net vets John Schnabel and The Most Beatuiful Losers as well as jams from The Spikedrivers, Vug, Black Owls, Miller-Kelton, The Floorwalkers, The Regionals, and Hayseed. So head over here and get your listens on! If I could, I’d like to offer this sing piece of advise to the folks doing this site: Turn off the auto-start on the audio, please.

I just wrote about this site last week so I’m not gonna launch into any explanation of this site since you can read about it there. Damian has returned this week with another heavy hitter interview with Virgil Dickerson of Suburban Home Records and and I wanted to make sure y’all were aware of it. Not only is there an excellent in depth interview but Damian also managed to score the internet debut of some of that new Arliss Nancy album and I’d be a complete liar if I said I wasn’t more than a little jealous of that.

So there you go. That’s some really good shit happening in other places. I hope y’all enjoy it as much as I do. If you manage to get through all of those and you’re still jonesing for new music and material I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I have a monthly podcast available here and a weekly radio show available here.



Did you miss the Suburban Home Records Anniversary Party this year? So did I. Having made the last two it was especially hard for me, knowing exactly what I was missing and all. Luckily, Denver music scene chronicler extraordinaire, SxPxDxCx of That’s The Thing About That did not miss it and he ran tape on the entire weekend.

While it’s not the same as being there, I do plan on pouring a tall glass of whiskey tonight and listening to this compilation loud enough to make the neighbors complain.

If you’re interested in doing the same, head over to That’s The Thing About That< and grab it for yourself.

Track Listing:

01. Two Cow Garage – No Shame
02. Lenny And The Piss Poor Boys – Lonely Days and Whiskey Nights
03. Have Gun Will Travel – Kerosene & Candlelight
04. Tin Horn Prayer – Alls Well That Ends
05. Joey Briggs – My Own Enemy
06. Michael Dean Damron – Angels Fly Up
07. The Evening Rig – The Steve McQueens
08. Micah Schnabel – Blame It On Geography
09. Arliss Nancy – Abacus
10. Lizzie Huffman – A Night In The Country
11. Lenny And The Piss Poor Boys – Can’t Take It Anymore
12. Alone At 3am – Sleep When I’m Dead
13. Two Cow Garage – Your Humble Narrator
14. Shane Sweeney – Promise Land Blues
15. Tin Horn Prayer – Crow Bait
16. Arliss Nancy – Stella Lovely
17. The Evening Rig – Goddamn, I Could Use a Drink
18. Alone At 3am – Mexico
19. Joey Briggs – All For Me Grog
20. Micah Schnabel – Throwing Rocks At The Sun
21. Two Cow Garage – It’s a Shame About Ray (Lemonheads)
22. Have Gun Will Travel – You Wreck Me (Tom Petty)
23. Lizzie Huffman – Miss Ohio (Gillian Welch)
24. Shane Sweeney – The Ballad Of Jamie Bee (John Gorka)
25. Two Cow Garage – Bit Part (Lemonheads)
26. Michael Dean Damron – Long As I Can See The Light (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
27. Two Cow Garage – Ruby Soho (Rancid)
28. Two Cow Garage – Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (Bob Seger)


That there interweb is big and vast and sometimes it’s easy to miss some of the awesome that happens on it. So here is an attempt to link to some of the other awesome that’s happening out there:

  • R.E.M. called it quits this week and there has already been no shortage of homages to the band and their discography. Personally, I was never a huge R.E.M. fan but I did find these two articles interesting. They were the first two articles ever written about the band and that kind of history is fascinating to me. I also find the news a tad convenient as the band has “their first career-spanning retrospectivecoming out in November. Now, I’m not saying this is all a stunt to boost sales…I’m just saying I wouldn’t be exceedingly surprised to see a reunion tour in a couple of years.

And that’s it folks. Have a fun, safe weekend and try not to get hit by any falling satellites.


Local boys turned awesome, Have Gun Will Travel, have a brand new album, Mergers & Acquisitions, coming out on Suburban Home Records on November 1st and if you listened to Ninebullets Radio (if you didn’t, listen to the archive now!) last week you heard us debut a brand new track from the album.

It is my pleasure to now be able to debut the track here on ninebullets.net as well. The track is called 13 Miles To Empty and features Devon Stuart sitting in for some guest vocals. I can’t wait for y’all to hear this complete album so be on the lookout for a complete album stream to pop up here sometime in the coming weeks. Till then, give this one a few spins and tell me what you think:

Have Gun Will Travel – 13 Miles To Empty

SUBURBAN HOME RECORDS 16th ANNIV. PARTY MIXTAPE (New Micah Schnabel,Arliss Nancy,Lizzie Huffman,Have Gun Will Travel)

My good buddy Virgil’s little record label is celebrating it’s 16th Anniversary this weekend and unfortunately my campaign to raise 500 dollars to get out to Denver for it fell about 500 dollars short so it looks like I’m gonna miss it.

As has become an annual tradition Suburban Home released a party themed mixtape last night featuring brand new tracks by Micah Schnabel, Have Gun Will Travel (featuring Devin Stuart of the Takers), Lizzie Huffman, and Arliss Nancy.

So press play and enjoy it even if you’re not going. If you are going please show my Florida homies, Have Gun Will Travel, lots and lots of Colorado love.

Suburban Home Records 16th Anniversary Mix by Suburban Home Records


Ninebullets faves, Have Gun Will Travel are preparing to pack their duffel bags and set course for Denver, Colorado and Suburban Home’s 16th Anniversary Party which is gonna crush and I am super bummed I won’t be there. Anyhow, after the show they’re teaming up with Micah Schnabel and tour back east and making a run down the east coast. Unfortunately their route currently has some holes in it. Check out the dates below and if you can help them fill one of the dates in bold holler at Virgil at Suburban Home Records.

09/09 (Fri) – Denver, CO @ Three Kings (SH Anniversary)
09/10 (Sat) – Denver, CO @ Three Kings (SH Anniversary)
09/12 (Mon) – Colorado Springs, CO / Ft. Collins, CO – Venue TBA
09/13 (Tue) – Omaha / Kansas City / Lawrence – TBA
09/14 (Wed) – St Louis, MO – Venue TBA

09/15 (Thu) – Normal, IL @ Firehouse Pizza & Pub
09/16 (Fri) – Flint, MI @ Woobie’s Bar
09/17 (Sat) – Cincinnatti, OH @ MOTR Pub
09/18 (Sun) – Columbus, OH – Venue TBA
09/19 (Mon) – off
09/20 (Tue) – Buffalo, NY @ DBGB
09/21 (Wed) – Syracuse, NY – Venue TBA
09/22 (Thu) – Kingston, NY – Venue TBA
09/23 (Fri) – Boston, MA @ PA’s Lounge
09/24 (Sat) – Providence, RI / CT?
09/25 (Sun) – NYC (HGWT taping Live at Music Playground)
09/26 (Mon) – Brooklyn, NY (hold @ Bell House) TBA
09/27 (Tue) – TBA – Richmond, VA?
09/28 (Wed) – TBA – NC?
09/29 (Thu) – Athens, GA @ Little Kings
09/30 (Fri) – Kennesaw, GA @ Sidelines

Speaking of Florida bands on tour our buddies Greenland Is Melting recently sett out to bring some of their flavor of sing along feel good tunes to the country and decided to celebrate by releasing a new song. Trust me on this one, if these guys are coming to your neck of the woods go see them. It’s a fun time, I guarantee it…and tell them ninebullets sent you. Anyhow, enjoy the new track and check out the tour poster below:

Greenland Is Melting – Always


Yesterday, it was officially announced that local boys, Have Gun Will Travel, have signed onto Suburban Home Records for the release of their third album, Mergers & Acquisitions. Not to get to self-congratulatory about it but I can’t help but to feel as though ninebullets.net played a small part in these two coming together.

Suburban Home will be releasing Mergers & Acquisitions digitally as well as on cd and vinyl this Fall. The band will also be making the westward trek to Colorado for the Suburban Home 16th Anniversary Party in September.

So, join me in raising a toast in congratulations to the band as they deserve it and in case, for reasons unknown, you still haven’t heard their last album Postcards From The Friendly City….please press play below:


Last Friday I braved urban flood advisories, torrential rains, high winds and one big ass bridge to join Von for an episode of his podcast, Americana Rock Mix, and to drink all of his Maduro Brown Ale.

The episode is a retrospective of the Suburban Home Records catalog with lots of rambling between me and Von injected between songs. The entire thing clocks in at nearly 2 hours and can be heard here.

During the episode you’ll hear multiple songs from; I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch The House, Drag the River (duo and proper), Austin Lucas, Two Cow Garage, Tim Barry, Josh Small, The Takers, Micah Schnabel, Mike Damron as well as Arliss Nancy.

So WTF are you waiting for? Go listen now!


Recently Virgil and I were bullshitting and mentioned that he was wanting to start dabbling with some music writing again and I offered him a reoccurring piece here on ninebullets. This is his first submittal:

From time to time, the question gets asked, “What was your first show?” It’s usually a fun conversation that involves admitting enjoying an act that you can’t believe you ever liked. Sometimes the first show is a show that your parents brought you to. Every once in a while, that first show is awe-inspiring and worthy of bragging rights for life. This has been a topic I have been thinking about quite a bit lately as my good buddy, Devin, brought his young son, Hayden, to see his first ever show. The show was a show I booked with Chuck Ragan at Illegal Pete’s. I felt so much honor having a hand in this right of passage and took it upon myself to make sure Hayden and Chuck Ragan got a chance to meet and to take a photo. Luckily, Chuck Ragan is one of the nicest guys in music and was so great with Hayden. I just love the idea that at some point when Hayden is in college or out at a show, the question will come up and if you ask me, he will have one of the best answers.

My first ever show should have been the Monsters of Rock tour in 1988 with Guns N Roses, Iron Maiden, and Megadeath. I had asked my parents if I could go and the answer was a big fat no. I was in 8th grade at the time and a budding metal head, but I still listened to my parents.

Guns n Roses – Welcome To The Jungle

Fast forward to 1992 when I was a junior in high school. Spice 1, a gangsta rapper from Oakland (originally discovered by Too Short) was coming to Colorado Springs. Since I had a driver’s license and a car, I didn’t feel the need to ask my parents to go to the show. I brought a friend to the show and could not have been more excited to see live music. Supporting Spice 1 was a Denver hip hop act that I had never heard of. As they took the stage, the group grabs the mic and yells, “FUCK COMPTON, FUCK OAKLAND“. The next thing that happened is something I have never seen again at the hundreds of shows I have been to since. A huge fight broke out amongst Spice 1’s crew and the Denver hip hop act’s crew. Fighting continued and before you knew it, guns were drawn and shots were fired. My friend and I didn’t even get to hear any music before we were running out the door. When asked about my first show, I generally say it’s Spice 1 but add the asterisk about how the show didn’t really happen.

Spice 1 – Strap On The Side

The more I think about my first show, I feel as though I should answer the question by mentioning Skankin Pickle. This was 1993, I was a freshman in college. My neighbors in the dorms introduced me to punk rock and ska and I was hooked. I borrowed CDs by Screeching Weasel, The Queers, Skankin Pickle, Green Day, and Operation Ivy, and I wondered where this music was all my life. I was soon invited to see this ska-punk band called Skankin Pickle at the Mercury Cafe. I had no idea what to expect. I was pretty certain that gun shots were not going to be fired, but that was the only thing I was certain of. This show was absolutely incredible. The energy was something I had never ever experienced. The camaraderie of the fans was something I never would have expected. The show was packed and it was so much fun. After the show, I saw some of the members of Skankin Pickle walking around and could not believe that I could actually go up to and talk to this incredible band that had just played. I finally felt a connection to music that went beyond just listening. This moment forever changed my life and is the reason why I have worked with music ever since.

Skankin Pickle – It’s Margaret Cho
Skankin Pickle – I’m In Love With A Girl Named Spi
Skankin Pickle – Turning Japanese

I’d love for everyone to chime in and comment on their first shows. While I’d prefer sitting around with beers in hand discussing this topic, your comments to this post will have to serve the purpose. Thanks go out to every artist who actually spent the time to make their fans feel that connection to their music. Thanks to Chuck Ragan for being a class act and a complete bad ass. Thanks Devin for bringing your son out to his first show. And thanks to all of you who share their first show experiences with us.

~ Virgil Dickerson


My first show was Valentine’s Day 1990. My favorite band on the face of the earth, The Cult, came to town on their Sonic Temple tour and I was there. I did the whole shibang. I got to the venue 4 hours early and hung out in the back, I met Billy Duffy (he gave me some Cult guitar picks), I bought the tour tshirt and I rocked the. fuck. out. By 1990 I had already lost my virginity but it didn’t matter cause I knew that seeing The Cult on that particular Valentine’s Day night was, up to that point, the best night of my life.

The Cult – New York City
The Cult – Edie (Ciao Baby)
The Cult – Medicine Train


Living in Florida there are somethings you come to accept. It is the heat and the humidity, some wise ass is gonna ask if it’s “hot enough for you”, hurricanes will form and weathermen will almost rub one out on screen warning you of them impending doom while never a stiff breeze even comes and odds are, some of the bands you love will never tour your state. Over the years I’ve logged I dunno how many thousands of miles in travel just to see rock and rolls with bands I know will never make it to Florida which brings me to today’s Top 5 3….truth be told, this was gonna be a top 5 but there were only 3 bands I could think of that I’d travel just to see them (not in a festival environment). So if you have 5, by all means list them. Here’s my list:

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club:

This is one of those bands that a lot of people don’t get. Well, I do and truth be told, I can’t get enough of them. I’ve seen them 3 times in my life resulting in approximately 3800 miles worth of traveling and it was worth every one of them. They’ve told me they won’t tour Florida so if I wanna see them again, I’ll have to travel again. Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch these guys in Denver sometime.

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – This Land Is You Land (redux)

Possessed By Paul James:

Hopefully, PPJ is gonna make it to Florida this year but I wouldn’t think twice about loading up and going to see him again. PPJ shows leave me remembering why I love watching musicians make music live and the 2700 miles I logged managing to see him live were totally worth it.

Possessed By Paul James – Shoulda’ Known Better

The Murder City Devils:

I’ve never seen them live and they’d already broken up before I even knew who they were. Now, they do little tours that rarely reach the east coast and never make it to the southeast. I’m really just waiting for a show to get booked in Atlanta but I know I’m eventually gonna have to make a weekend trip to New York to see them. Important thing is, I am gonna see them.

The Murder City Devils – 18 Wheels

Honorable Mentions:

The Suburban Home Anniversary Party & The Muddy Roots Festival: I’ve not attended the Muddy Roots festival (yet) but like the SH Party it’s like they make entire festival lineups entirely for me. Great weekends with great bands and great friends….there are no corners of this country I wouldn’t fly to for that.

The Pro Football Hall Of Fame to see Derrick Brooks get inducted: I’ve always said I’ll go to Canton, OH. the year Derrick goes into the Hall of Fame. Being a Seminoles and a Buccaneers fan I had the pleasure of watching (and rooting for) Derrick Brooks for his entire NCAA/NFL career. He was a key cog in turning the Buccaneers into a respectable franchise and (eventually) a Super Bowl Champion. Hopefully, in 2015, I’ll be there to see him get enshrined.