Around The Web – Independence Day Edition

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Right out of the gate I’m going to just give you some Two Cow Garage as a celebration of the freedom granted to almost everyone by SCOCTUS (next up is recognition of polygamous marriage). I’ve posted what I think about the decision on FB and won’t belabor the point here, so let’s all just enjoy “Let The Boys Be Girls” for a minute…


800songsSomeone with way more CDO (That’s OCD in alphabetical order, the way it should be) created a set chronological playlists of 90’s alt/indie. Taken together these things are a 500+ minute pill to swallow! I once tried to just a top 100, arranged in some chronological order, for alt country and wanted to stab myself in the eyes before I was done. The dedication it takes to make an 800 track playlist is something I don’t have. I’m seriously not entirely sure whether I should be afraid, have a ton of respect, or recommend a good shrink! Whichever it is I am grateful to have the resource, even if I’m not sure I’ll put 500 hours in to completing. Thanks @naxuu, this is pretty cool!


And since this is a holiday weekend and none of you want to spend your time reading what I thought was cool on the web this week, I am closing this, admittedly short, Around The Web with something that was cool six years ago. I mentioned I found some old mix tape archives lying around, well this is one from the Lucero Message Board, circa 2009, our little Summer Mix Tape. It was certainly a good one!

The Fox Hunt – Better Than This (Lucero Cover)
“The boys recorded this for the long overdue Lucero tribute album..I heard them play this version when they were here playing Surf Bar on Folly Beach…took some cajoling but I got MK to send me the mp3…here it is.” – JacksonDavis

Lucero – Live 1/4/2002 – American Girl
“Sticking with the 4th of July theme. Just for fun.” – Boston Twang

Deer Tick – Born on Flag Day – Houston, TX
“The first song that jumped out at me on the new record. Haven’t decided what I think of the new record yet but I like this song.” – Plank10

Cory Branan – Ardent Studios recording – Karen’s Song
“I had never heard this prior to hearing it on the streaming file released by Rachel and The City when he was in studio earlier this year…cannot wait for his new album…he and Snodgrass kicked major ass in ATL and Savannah.” – JacksonDavis…thanks to Down South for the editing Wink

Ha Ha Tonka – Novel Sounds of The Nouveau South – Close Every Valve to Your Bleeding Heart
“Roaring out of the Ozarks with a bottle in one hand and a bible in the other” – ColoradoAlan

William Elliott Whitmore – Animals In The Dark – Old Devils
“My current favourite tune from my favourite album of the year to date.” – JacksonDavis

Hoots & Hellmouth – The Holy Open Secret – What Good Are Plowshares If We Use Them Like Swords
“There is something about this band I find deeply interesting. I can’t quite put my finger on it but whatever it is this song has it.” – Autopsy IV

The Only Sons – Steel Hearts – Lay Back Down
“This song is eerily relevant for a friends situation right now..” – ColoradoAlan

The Evening Rig – Is Doin’ Stuff – Goddamn, I Could Use A Drink
“If you haven’t listened to these guys yet, you probably should.” – algwalcz

Jon Snodgrass w/ Cory Branan – Alone and Distanced
“Too bad this isn’t being released on CD or digital download…but…I was able to pry this from someone who had been way late in getting Season 5 of The Wire back to me Cool” – JacksonDavis”

Two Cow Garage – Humble Narrator – Speaking in Cursive
“I’ve had this CD for a while but just REALLY started to listen to it, and this song was the first one I kept repeating. ” The sun has a way of making us pay for our revelry filled nights” Amen Brother.” – Hecticeyes

Chad Rex & The Victorstands – Songs to Fix Angels – Build a Rocket
“I only recently realized how good Chad Rex is. Besides, it’s the time of year for rockets.” – Boston Twang

Flogging Molly – Swagger – Salty Dog
“Irish punk rock is great and good for hanging out in the summer listening to full blast.” – Lennon Medvick

Michael Dean Damron – Father’s Day – Angels Fly Up
“It seems like I am always pimping this guy’s music and my work isn’t done until he’s got a platinum award on his wall…or something like that. Father’s Day is a strong contender for the Best of ’09 as far as I’m concerned. I can’t really pinpoint why this song means so much to me, but it affects me somewhere in the guts.” – Bone Machine

Austin Lucas – The Common Cold – Kith and Kin
“If you’ve only heard Austin’s new album, definitely check out The Common Cold. Yay for the upcoming tour with Two Cow!” – TheOtherBrit

The Lemonheads – Varshons – Waitin Around to Die
“Evan Dando revisits a Townes Van Zandt classic” – ColoradoAlan

Cheap Trick – The Latest – Sick Man Of Europe
“Of all the music from my childhood, Cheap Trick are the band that I still enjoy with the intensity of my youth. It’s good to know that they’re still out there plugging away and have a catalog much richer than the classic rock staples (I Want You To Want Me, Surrender, The Flame…). This tune is from their new one, lovingly entitled The Latest, and is further proof that Robin Zander has one of the finer voices in rock some 35 years into his career.” – Bone Machine

The Dexateens – Singlewide – Can You Whoop It
“If you like the Dexateens, keep an eye out for Arkadelphia, Lee Bains III’s new band. They’ve even more amazing!” – TheOtherBrit

Trampled by Turtles – Duluth – Empire
“These guys are one of my favorite bands that I’ve discovered because they were a Lucero opener. Go see them live if you get the chance.” Boston Twang

Matthew Dean Herman – Blackbird – Blackbird
“Fantastic debut album produced by Evan Phillips of The Whipsaws. RIYL: Drive-By Truckers” – Autopsy IV

Lyle Lovette – I Love Everybody – Fat Babies
“I’ve been on a Lyle Lovette kick lately. “I don’t like hippies and I don’t like cornbread.” I’m confused that he doesn’t like cornbread.” – Plank10

Ray LaMontagne – Gossip in the Grain – Let it Be Me
Submitted by corduroy

Uncle Tupelo – March 16-20 1994 – Moonshiner
Submitted by corduroy

Kingston Trio – We’ll Sing in The Sunshine
“A fun summertime sing-a-long…” – Nicole

Against Me! – As The Eternal Cowboy – You Look Like I Need Drink
“Against Me! has been my sound track all summer, and this is one of my favorites.” – Lennon Medvick

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 07.26.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

This week’s show was a show for pulling out your air guitar collection and rocking the fuck out so put your earholes on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for July 26, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. The Black Keys – Thick Freakness (Thick Freakness)
02. Left Lane Cruiser – That Ass (Slingshot)
03. Benjamin Booker – Have You Seen My Son (Benjamin Booker)
04. Brothers of the Last Watch – Frank T. James (Brothers of The Last Watch)
05. Parker Millsap – Truck Stop Gospel (Parker Millsap)
06. Matt Woods – Real Hard Times (With Love From Brushy Mountain)
07. Chuck Ragan – Let It Rain (Gold Country)
08. Michael Claytor – My Trespasses (My Trespasses)
09. The Fox Hunt – It Suits Me (Long Way To Go)
10. Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound – Time In Bars (self-titled)
11. Jenny Lewis – Just One Of The Guys (The Voyager)
12. Nikki Lane – Right Time (All or Nothin’)
13. The Builders And The Butchers – Raise Up Your Weary Hands (Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well)
14. Lucero – Texas & Tennessee (Live From Atlanta)
15. Grayson Capps – A Love Song For Bobby Long (Live At The Paradiso)
16. Andrew Combs – Month Of Bad Habits
17. Hank Thompson – Three Times Seven (Songs For The Rounders – At The Golden Nugget)
18. Sturgill Simpson – Life of Sin (Metamodern Sounds In Country Music)
19. Shooter Jennings – Outlaw You (The Other Life)
20. Willie Nelson – The Git Go (feat. Jamey Johnson) (Band Of Brothers)
21. Ben Knight and The Welldiggers – Iceman’s Lament (The Divining Rod)
22. Big Shoals – 12 Steps (Still Go On)
23. Tim Barry – Thing Of The Past (28th & Stonewall)
24. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Righteous, Ragged Songs (There Is A Bomb In Gilead)
25. The Gaslight Anthem – Rollin’ & Tumblin’ (Get Hurt)
26. Cory Branan – Daddy Was a Skywriter (The No-Hit Wonder)
27. Radiolucent – Jim Beam (Turn Me On And Turn Me Loose)
28. The David Mayfield Parade – Love Will Only Break Your Heart (Good Man Down)
29. Lake Street Dive – You Go Down Smooth (Bad Self Portraits)
30. Justin Townes Earle – White Gardenias (Single Mothers)
31. Caleb Caudle – Countdown (Paint Another Layer On My Heart)
32. Sylvia Rose Novak – Highway Song (Chasing Ghosts)

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Episode 186: aired 07.26.2014

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 04.26.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

Grab 2 hours and drop your earholes on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for April 26, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. George Jones – Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes
02. Arlo McKinley and The Lonesome Sound – Waiting For Wild Horses (Self-Titled)
03. The Bean Pickers – Photograph (Potlatch)
04. Adam Lee and The Dead Horse Sound Co. – Broken Wings (When The Spirits Move Me)
05. Matt Woods – Drinking To Forget (With Love From Brushy Mountain)
06. Devil Makes Three – Old No. 7 (Self-Titled)
07. Pokey LaFarge and The South City Three – Drinkin’ Whiskey Tonight (Middle Of Everywhere)
08. John Mellencamp – Cherry Bomb (writing demo) (On The Rural Route)
09. Gillian Welch – Look at Miss Ohio (Soul Journey)
10. Justin Townes Earle – Lone Pine Hill (The Good Life)
11. Ben Knight and The Welldiggers – Iceman’s Lament (Divining Rod)
12. The Gaslight Anthem – Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (The ’59 Sound)
13. Glossary – Save Your Money For The Weekend (Feral Fire)
14. The White Buffalo – This Year (Shadows, Greys and Evil Ways)
15. Damion Suomi – Ghost (Self-Titled)
16. Joe Pug – Nobody’s Man (Nation of Heat EP)
17. Benjamin Booker – Violent Shiver (Benjamin Booker)
18. The Evening Rig – Goddamn, I Could Use A Drink (Is Doin’ Stuff)
19. Drive-By Truckers – Act 2: Road Cases (Southern Rock Opera)
20. Tyler Childers – Bottles and Bibles (Live at Red Radio II)
21. The Fox Hunt – it suits me (Long Way To Go)
22. Merle Haggard – Working Man Blues (Working In Tennessee)
23. Kill County – Down To Texas (The Year Of Getting By)
24. American Anodyne – Bastard Sons Of The New Depression (So, You Wanna Be A Bullfighter)
25. American Graveyard – Common Ones (Hallelujahland)
26. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – The Weeds Downtown (Dereconstruction)
27. Those Crosstown Rivals – Six Strings (Hell and Back)
28. Arliss Nancy – Failure (Simple Machines)
29. Nikki Lane – Gone, Gone, Gone (Gone, Gone, Gone)
30. Two Cow Garage – Jackson, Don’t You Worry (Sweet Saint Me)

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Episode 173: aired 04.26.2014

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 03.01.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

Got into a little bit is a honky tonk/classic country vibe this week. People seemed to respond to it pretty well so I might make sure to mix more in in future shows. Sound good to you? Grab 2 hours and drop your earholes on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for March 01, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Lincoln Durham – How Does a Crow Fly (The Shovel vs. The Howling Bones)
02. Drive By Truckers – Outfit (Decoration Day)
03. Chris Knight – Nothing On Me (Little Victories)
04. The Weary Boys – Cruel Corrine (Good Times)
05. Eilen Jewell – Fist City (Butcher Holler: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn)
06. Loretta Lynn – You Ain’t Woman Enough (You Ain’t Woman Enough)
07. The Takers – Friends in Bottles (Taker Easy)
08. Whiskey Myers – Early Morning Shakes (Early Morning Shakes)
09. White Trash Blues Revival – Drives a Man to Drinking (Now Honey, Now Baby, Now Listen…)
10. Husky Burnette – Highway 41 (Tales From East End Blvd.)
11. Matt Woods – Deadman’s Blues
12. The Waifs – London Still (Up All Night)
13. John Moreland – God’s Medicine (In The Throes)
14. Waylon Jennings – Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out Of Hand (I’ve Always Been Crazy)
15. Shooter Jennings – Outlaw You (The Other Life)
16. Gators In The Sawgrass – 99 Years (Gators In The Sawgrass)
17. Whitey Morgan And The 78’s – If It Ain’t Broke (Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels)
18. Sturgill Simpson – Living The Dream (Metasounds In Modern Country)
19. Andrew Combs – Worried Man (Worried Man)
20. The Devil’s Cut – Bridge Diving (No Salvation)
21. Todd Farrell – Pawnshops (All My Heroes Live In Vans)
22. Those Crosstown Rivals – Six Strings (Hell and Back)
23. The Fox Hunt – Change My Ways (Nowhere Bound)
24. The Wells – Gem of Egypt (single)
25. Chuck Ragan – Non Typical (Till Midnight)
26. Johnny Cash – Daddy Sang Bass
27. Tyler Childers and High Wall – Deadman’s Curve (Live At Red Barn Radio)
28. Scott H Biram – Slow & Easy (There Will Be Blood)
29. Two Cow Garage – Humble Narrator (Speaking In Cursive)
30. Soundgarden – Outshined (Badmotorfinger)

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Episode 165: aired 03.01.2014

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 11.09.2013 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

For the firs time ever we took the show on the road this weekend. It was weird and I was a little uncomfortable but the music was spot on. So, locate a free 2 hours and put some earholes on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for November 09, 2013 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Sunday Valley – All The Pretty Colors (To The Wind and On To Heaven)
02. White Trash Blues Revival – She Don’t Care (Now Honey, Now Baby, Now Listen…)
03. Husky Burnette – Highway 41 (Tales From East End Blvd.)
04. Scott H. Biram – Sinkin’ Down (Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever)
05. McDougall – Ready, Begin (A Few Towns More)
06. Lincoln Durham – Beautifully Sewn, Violently Torn (Exodus of the Deemed Unrighteous)
07. The Dexeteens – Sunsphere (Sunsphere EP)
08. John Moreland & The Dust Bowl Souls – Low (Everything the Hard Way)
09. Valerie June – Wanna Be On Your Mind (Pushin’ Against A Stone)
10. Drive By Truckers – My Sweet Annette (Decoration Day)
11. Chuck Ragan – Nomad by Fate (Covering Ground)
12. Todd Farrell – My Currency is Doubt (All My Heroes Live In Vans)
13. Chris Knight – Nothing On Me (Little Victories)
14. The Fox Hunt – i’ll drink cheap (Long Way To Go)
15. Tim Barry – (Memento Mori) (28th & Stonewall)
16. Frank Turner – Photosynthesis (Last Minutes & Lost Evenings)
17. Possessed By Paul James – Sweet But Bitter Life (There WIll Be Nights When I Am Lonely)
18. Arliss Nancy – Benjamin (Wild American Runners)
19. Lucero – The Closer You Get (High Cotton)
20. Andrew Combs – Emily
21. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House – Mayberry (Mayberry)
22. Have Gun Will Travel – Standing at the End of the World (Fiction, Fact or Folktale?)
23. Two Cow Garage – Hey Cinderella (Death of the Self Preservation Society)
24. The Builders And The Butchers – Dirt In The Ground (Western Medicine)
25. Brother Paul – Never Ending Dream (Brother Paul)
26. Matt Woods – Deadman’s Blues
27. Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Do Me Right (Untamed Beast)
28. Austin Lucas – So Much More Than Lonely (Stay Reckless)
29. The Vansaders – End of the Line (Stuck In New York City)
30. Drag The River – History With History (Drag The River)
31. The Whiskey Gentry – Holly Grove (Holly Grove)
32. Hellbound Glory – The Feud

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Episode 149: aired 11.09.2013

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 01.19.12

Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog ninebullets.net 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 January 19, 2012

01. Hank Williams III – Pills I Took
02. Willy Tea Taylor – Wandering Boy
03. Charlie Parr – To A Scrapyard Bus Stop
04. Possessed By Paul James – Ferris Wheel
05. The Deep Dark Woods – The Gallows
06. Bob Frank & John Murry – Bubba Rose, 1961
07. Conway Twitty – I’d Love To Lay You Down
08. Low Cut Connie – Big Thighs, NJ
09. Deadman – Oh Delilah!
10. Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil – Blue Eyed Blonde
11. The Fox Hunt – I’ll Drink Cheap
12. The Coloradas – 8 Ball Blues
13. The Pine Hill Haints – Spirit of 1812
14. The Yawpers – Worthless
15. Reba McEntire – The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia

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Episode 55: aired 01.19.2012

THE IRON LEG BOYS – THE IRON LEG BOYS

There is a scene in the movie Cold Mountain where they’re sitting around a campfire playing music. It was good music but I wanted more from the scene. At the time, I wasn’t sure what was missing. To a greater extent, I loved the movie O’ Brother, Where Art Thou? and I loved all the music in the movie, but when I got the soundtrack I was underwhelmed. I was all like, really? Three versions of “Constant Sorrow”? Really?

Anyhow, I mention all of that ‘cause this cd from The Iron Leg Boys brings it all back to memory. The Iron Legs’ debut cd is exactly what you’d imagine a night in the mid 1800’s in the South sounded like, so it should come as no surprise that The Fox Hunt has something to do with this recording. The Iron Leg Boys are Ben Townsend & Matt Metz of The Fox Hunt, joined by Andy Fitzgibbon hypnotizing you on fiddle throughout the cd. Andy and Ben have played together for quite a few years through miscellaneous funk and punk bands, but somewhere along the way they figured out they were really awesome together as a string band and I am not one to disagree.

Don’t get worried if you’re unfamiliar with the track listing as that’s by design. To quote Ben, “When it came to song selection, we tried to pick some of the more obscure tunes from our source recordings, pretty much everything on here is something that was recorded casually by a West Virginia fiddler solo that no one to our knowledge has done as a band. If the tunes are popular tunes, they’re included as specific, less known versions.

Also, don’t get to worried if you don’t hear vocals, as that too is by design.

The Iron Leg Boys – Natchee On The Hill
The Iron Leg Boys – The Bear Chase
The Iron Leg Boys – Grey Eagle
The Iron Leg Boys – West Virginia Highway

You can buy The Iron Leg Boys’ self-titled cd off Bandcamp. And, if you like what you’re hearing here may I suggest you check out The Fox Hunt’s album, America’s Working So We Don’t Have To.

ROMEO SID VICIOUS' TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2011

First I want to say that this was one of the hardest top lists I have ever done. Some of these don’t deserve to be ranked any lower than the ones above them. While I didn’t write as prolifically this year as I did others what I wrote about I really and truly loved. And then the other folks ’round these parts wrote about good stuff too. But the end of the year breeds top lists so I have been struggling for the past couple of weeks to actually rank these albums. I honestly will be doing some of these fine folks a disservice by putting a number next to their album but that’s the nature of top lists. It is what it is. This is my top ten for 2011, for this moment, as I write this post. I can assure you that it would turn out different tomorrow. Not the album, those would all stay the same, but the order would change. This year I am going to go against the grain a little bit and start with my current number one at the top of the list and end it all with a nice little compilation of songs from each artist. As much as I hate ranking these, because I love every one of them, here goes…


Number One: Austin Lucas – A New Home In The Old World

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A NEW HOME IN THE OLD WORLDThis album has rocked my world since the Day I picked it up. I love all of Austin’s work and he is one of the few artists I can honestly say has gotten better with each release. A New Home In The Old World is an amazing effort in which Austin steps outside of the box of his first releases and plugs in. The tracks on this album with an electric guitar are amazing and live they will blow you away. I was lucky enough to see Austin twice this year, once with The Revend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and once with Glossary and he blew me away each time. I got to take two of my kids to the show with Glossary for their first live music experience and I am pretty sure it changed their world. Austin gave us a great album and is one of the most genuine folks I have had the pleasure of meeting. While I hated ranking some these this album earned the top spot on my list without any question.


Number Two: Chuck Ragan – Covering Ground

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I said in my review of Covering Ground that this could be one of the defining Americana abums of the decade and time hasn’t changed my mind one little bit. This is one of the best albums I have ever heard. It stays in constant rotation and is as much a sing along as any other album I have. I cannot stress enough that this Chuck’s best work to date and you need it in your collection. This is whikey music for sure and we all know how I feel about whiskey music. In case you don’t here’s the run down: Played loud and alone with the whiskey straight and the lights down low. As far as I am concerned this is the best whiskey drinkin’ music of the year. And I don’t take that kind of statement lightly.


Number Three: Shane Sweeney – The Finding Time/Micah Schnabel – I’m Dead Serious

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The Finding TimeThere is no way in hell I could rank one of these above the other. Hell ranking the top two has just about killed me so far. I can’t tell you how many times I have rewritten this post. I couldn’t rank one of these above the other so I gave them both number three. The really strange part is that it’s not because it’s Shane and Micah. These are two completely different albums. Aside from both being dark there is not a lot in common. However they are both fucking amazing in their own rights. I got some flack for mentioning I thought the music could have been stronger on I’m Dead Serious but I didn’t mean that it wasn’t a totally amazing album. In fact I rather hope it’s place on my top ten list I'm Dead, Seriousshows that while I did offer some criticism I didn’t feel it wasn’t a strong album. Micah’s lyrics tear me apart every time I listen to it. And then we have The Finding Time which is one of the most honest albums I have ever heard in my entire life. The style of production and Shane’s unbridled honesty makes you feel like you are sitting in his goddamn living room listening to him tell you his life story. So yeah it may be easier to write about these two in the same slot because of the TCG link but I promise you these two albums are equally amazing regardless of that link. These kids are making art here and you damn well better pay attention to it or you will get left behind. Whether it’s solo or as TCG there is no mistaking the genius that these two bring to the table. If don’t own the both of these then there is something very seriously wrong with you and you should probably seek professional help.


Number Four: Prison Book Club – Prison Book Club

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This self titled effort is by far one of my most played albums. The opening strains of the very first track seem to put me in just that mood, you know the one, the mood where you want to go down to your local hole in the wall, knock back eight or nineteen PBRs and try to lay some whup ass on the biggest SOB in the joint. The only bump in the road was the rework of Heart Of Lead off of their first album and even that’s just a little bump. This is rock and roll in all of its glory. These kids, members of The Fox Hunt and The Demon Beat, put together something that truly shows the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This album, as well as their first, will melt your face right off at 100 paces. It is as good as rock and roll comes these days.


Number Five: Glossary – Long Live All Of Us

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Let’s just keep the face melting vibe going with number five and get some Glossary on the list. These kids from Murfreesboro know how to rock and after seeing them live I can guarantee that face melting is their stock and trade. I love me some rock and roll and Long Live All Of Us delivers that in no uncertain terms. But what I love about Glossary is that their rock and roll backs up some of the most amazing songwriting floating around our little genre these days. These guys aren’t afraid to tackle any given subject and give it their all while they do it. When I saw them with Austin Lucas the little kids at the show couldn’t hold still and every last one of them got up in front of the band and rocked out. It put the hipsters at the show to shame. Little kids showing hispters how music should be enjoyed warmed my heart. I just want to thank Glossary for being able to see that and this is the perfect space to do that. Keep rockin’ it kids!


Number Six: Michael Dean Damron – Plea From A Ghost

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With my penchant for honest music including Plea From Ghost was a no-brainer. As far as soul baring goes Michael Dean Damron really comes in second to none. The pain and suffering he can convey in his voice is enough to make a tea totaller crave that bourbon burn. This one gets cued up for those late-night-family-bed-looking-back-at-my-life-through-the-bottom-of-a-whiskey-glass nights. But even if you aren’t someone that gets all whiskey-pensive this is still an damn good album and it’s one you should already own. I seriously doubt Mr. Damron will ever cease to amaze me with his writing, his voice and his music. This is likely the most heartbreaking album to come out this year and I love every single note of it.


Number Seven: The Von Ehrics – Two Foot Stomp

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This was one of those that came out of nowhere, a band I had never heard of, an album that sat around unlistened and when I finally got it it grabbed me by the throat and made me regret putting it off as long as I did. Two Foot Stomp is a perfect blend of punk mentality, Texas twang and a little bit of soul. I still feel like I didn’t do it justice in my original write up and know I can’t fix that in the space I am allowing myself for this list. Suffice it to day that it is some of the best music to come out of the Texas/Red Dirt/Whatever-the-hipsters-in-ironic-cowboy-hats-are-calling-it-these-days scene. It gives me hope that a scene I loved for years isn’t going to drown in frat-boy-country.


Number Eight: Scott H. Biram – Bad Ingredients

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It’s hard to say something that hasn’t already been said here on 9B about the venerable Mr. Scott H. Biram. The original review garnered some opinions that Bad Ingredients wasn’t one of Birma’s stronger works and I can’t disagree more. There wasn’t any phoning it in on this one. In fact this is my second favorite SHB album. It’s got everything I have come to expect from this man. Honestly I can’t not sing along to I Want My Mojo Back (I really wish there was a karaoke version of that one). This record was one of the high points of my year. I am really glad I managed to wrestle this one away from AIV for the review. I still haven’t managed to see SHB live but it’s on my list of things to do in 2012 even if I have to drive to Austin to see the boy.


Number Nine: The Heelers – The Devil On Your Shoulder

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I can’t lie and say that having this many Texas kids on my list doesn’t make happy and The Heelers are no exception. So I am not entirely sure whether this one came out in late 2010 or early 2011 but I reviewed in February so it goes on my 2011 list. A Brent Best produced (see: Two Cow Garage as well) band these guys write and play music that is just fun to listen to. Possibly my favorite line of the year comes from this one: …And the barkeep’s prettier than any I’ve see what the hell is she doin’ in here/Givin’ courtesy laughs to piss poor jokes and serving lonely me one beer…. You can tell that Isaac Hoskins has done some time in the same sort of bars I am still serving time in and I love him for that.


Number Ten: Brandon Adams And The Sad Bastards – Self Titled

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BRANDON ADAMS AND THE SAD BASTARDSHaving started the year pretty down on the Red Dirt scene this was one the albums that left me having a little bit of faith coming out the other side. It’s dark, it’s raw and it demands to be taken with whiskey. This little group from Texas really carved out its place on my playlist. I love me some soul baring, gritty music and this satisifes that need quite sufficeintly. To be honest this one deserves a higher place on the list but the nature of lists means that albums have to be at the bottom. I couldn’t just rank them all as ties and have a top three so it is what it is. You really should have this one in your collection if you don’t already.


That is probably the hardest top list I have ever had to come up with. To be honest I really wanted to add more to it but due to familial Christmas obligations I am down to the wire on time. I hated making this list and not includng William Elliott Whitmore – Field Songs, Brothers Through The Hill – Adeliade, and Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones (Although Frank is probably on enough top lists that he won’t be missed on mine). I don’t even know that I would rank these albums the same if I started writing this post today (It took me five days to complete this one) and I really feel like most of these could have tied for higher slots on the list. I really think that next year I am just going to give you all an alphabetical list of my favorite albums of the year and not bother ranking them because it honestly doesn’t feel right. So for what it’s worth this is my list. There are many like but this one is mine. If only it were accurate. Make sure to stay tuned because I am putting together a mix tape of songs from all of the 9B crew’s top lists.

Happy New Year everyone. Thanks for making 9B one of my favorite places on the web and giving me the chance to tell you about the music that I love. Remember if you don’t enjoy your NYE drinking in moderation at least have a designated driver or call a cab.

PRISON BOOK CLUB – SELF TITLED

Holy fucking shit” was my first thought after giving Prison Book Club’s second album a good and thorough first listen. The second through tenth or so listens didn’t change that opinion and having pretty much had it on repeat for three days hasn’t faded that initial observation. This self titled release shows that the unholy marriage of The Fox Hunt and The Demon Beat wasn’t a one off that got lucky. Sounding not a whole lot like either band but damn good all the same these boys can kick out some jams! I mean this is the kind of music that makes you want to drive too fast (preferably in a classic car), drink too much and start a bunch of fights. It’s rowdy, it’s unruly, it doesn’t apologize and that’s just the first track. Make no mistake about it, this is the rock ‘n’ roll variety where even the slower balladesque tracks will melt your face right off. But the music isn’t where it stops. The lyrics are mindblowing as well. I think my favorite line from this album is from the opening track “Do As I Say”:

And we ain’t takin’ no questions, no comments or suggestions
Here’s proof of our commitment to our progress’s fulfillment
So if it’s all a fuckin’ game to you you can lose it on your own
But you better off on our side than fightin’ us alone

And it was a hard choice to be sure as the whole album is full of amazing lyrics. The only disappointing track, and even then not very much, was the re-imagining of “Heart of Lead” off of Required Reading. The version of it on this album just doesn’t quite capture the emotion, at least for me, as the original but it’s still a great sounding track. Toss in “Six Pack” and its laments about having enough money to buy beer but not enough to buy gas to go get the beer along in with the rest of the outstanding tracks on this one and you end up with an album full of “I’ve burned that bridge before!” And you can’t beat that with a stick. The “makes me want to drink way too much” quotient for this album is pretty damn high and since I am lamenting places I can’t be this weekend I fully plan to test this a whiskey night album starting in just a few hours (By the time you read this these tests will probably be complete).

This shit is Essential Listening and right now is the top contender for my album of year slot. It gives me hope that my recent musical funk is a result of the genre not being at its peak at the moment rather than me becoming more cynical and burning out. Hell it’s more than hope this album has got me pretty damn excited. In closing you should get off your ass and buy this one without any further questions.

Prison Book Club – Do As I Say
Prison Book Club – Six Pack
Prison Book Club – Leaders Follow

Prison Book Club on Big Bullet Records

ON THE ROAD WITH THE FOX HUNT:

Did you see the piece about The Fox Hunt on CNN? It was by these guys who joined the band on the road for a week chronically the experience both good and bad. If you’re a fan of the band it’s a good little read so check it out.

Anyhow, the author of the piece reached out to me with a video that they also made during that week that I thought was worth sharing with y’all. Apparently the video is gonna be part of a larger documentary at some point. I’ll keep you posted as I hear more.