PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 05.03.2012

Most of the time you go to the station, do your show and leave. It becomes a routine of sorts. Occasionally you do a show that you really feel good about. Last night was one such show. Not sure what it is that sets some apart from the rest but whatever it is, last night’s has it.

I opened the show with a Lumineers, Mastersons, The District Attorneys set I’d been thinking about doing for a few weeks but wasn’t sure how it would go over with the listeners. While the middle of the show features a brand new Gaslight Anthem track as well as a set featuring some of the bands I am looking forward to seeing at next week’s Tropical Heatwave. Finally, on a whim I decided to close the show with a track from the new OFF! album. That’s probably what put the show over the top for me.

Sound like the good stuff? Then go put some ears on the archived stream of the show.

Below is the playlist for May 03, 2012

01. Otis Gibbs – The People’s Day
02. The Lumineers – Ho Hey
03. The Mastersons – You Don’t Know
04. The District Attorneys – Worry About Your Health
05. The Gaslight Anthem – 45
06. Tin Horn Prayer – Stumble
07. Damion Suomi – Ghost
08. Greenland Is Melting – No Matter What You See
09. Have Gun Will Travel – To The Victor Goes The Spoils
10. Matt Woods – Beating Down My Door
11. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – Want More
12. Joseph Huber – Iron Rail
13. Steep Canyon Rangers – Between Midnight and The Dawn
14. Hurray for The Riff Raff – Born To Win (Part One)
15. OFF! – Feelings Were Meant To Be Hurt

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Episode 70: aired 05.03.2012

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 02.23.12

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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

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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.

Episode 60: aired 02.23.2012

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 02.16.12

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 February 16, 2012

01. Todd Farrell – Ninebullets Radio Intro
02. Blue Mountain – Midnight in Mississippi
03. The Whipsaws – Jessie Jane
04. The Takers w/Austin Lucas – Mama Tried
05. Matt Woods – Port St. Lucie
06. Damion Suomi – Ghost
07. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – This Is How We Do ThingsIn The Country
08. Shooter Jennings – Daddy’s Hands
09. Fifth On The Floor – Distant Memory Lane
10. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Righteous, Ragged Songs
11. The Gaslight Anthem – Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
12. McDougall – When God Dips His Love In My Heart
13. Charlie Parr – Gospel Plow
14. The Coloradas – Red Dress
15. The Devil Makes Three – Old No. 7
16. Scott H. Biram – Sinkin’ Down

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Episode 59: aired 02.16.2012

ONE LAST LOOK BACK: THE TOP 10 LIST OF JOHN W. ALLMAN

Not so much a Top 10 list, as there is plenty of music I haven’t heard this year, but these 10 albums represent the discs that rarely made it out of rotation on my iPod or Spotify account. These are the albums that I turned to when I was happy, when I was caught in a blinding moment of despair, when I needed someone else’s words to articulate the emotions swirling in my head, if only to allow me the chance to breathe in, breathe out, and steady the ship.

Music has that power – to soothe, to agitate, to kickstart into action and give voice and purpose to one’s life. And these here are some pretty powerful artists, in that regard, whose songs helped define the past year of my life.

  1. Girls Guns and Glory: Sweet Nothings – This one has it all, from mournful ballads to shit-kicking rev-ups, and there’s not a damn bit of filler to be found. Best song, “Baby’s Got A Dream,” which instantly vaulted into my favorite songs of all time.
  2. Imelda May: Mayhem – Imelda May is the total package. She’s a latex-wearing, Vargas pinup with an undeniable ear for the heart of rockabilly swing. Best song, “Proud and Humble” or “Psycho.”
  3. The Horrible Crowes: Elsie – It’s no secret, I love The Gaslight Anthem, and this side project was a gift for longtime fans waiting for their follow-up to “American Slang.” Best song, “I Witnessed A Crime.”
  4. Jonathan Keevil: Bellflower (Original Motion PictureSoundtrack) – If you haven’t seen “Bellflower,” you are missing out on the best film to come out since “Fight Club.” It’s an apocalyptic love story with flamethrowers and badass Mad Max-inspired muscle cars that perfectly captures love’s intensity, from the intoxicating thrill of the first kiss to the heart-smacked gut punch of the worst breakup ever. Jonathan Keevil’s haunting soundtrack does for Evan Glodell’s film what Elliott Smith did for “Good Will Hunting.” It is simply remarkable. Best song, “Blind, Deaf Too,” “Enough” or “Babyfin.”
  5. Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine – Much has been made of Loveless’s destructive bent, her penchant for honestly exploring her issues with drugs and drink, and the fact that she’s barely legal and likely a candidate for the doomed 27-year-old musician’s curse. But there is no denying how amazingly talented she is, or that Loveless is as close as we’ll likely come to a 21st-century Patsy Cline. Best song, “Learn to Say No.”
  6. American Anodyne: So You Want to Be A Bullfighter – Good old outlaw country that would make Waylon proud. American Anodyne announced themselves as a force to be reckoned with on their debut, perfectly balancing a handful of rousing juke joint rockers with the social commentary of a modern-day Woody Guthrie. Best song, “Call My Brother” or “El Dorado, Dark Blue.”
  7. Kasey Anderson and the Honkies: Heart of a Dog – Singer-songwriter Kasey Anderson hooked up with the Honkies and delivered a wonderful slice of countrified rock, the perfect album for driving fast down an empty interstate, destination unknown. Best song, “Kasey Anderson’s Dream.”
  8. Jessica Lea Mayfield: Tell Me – Another younger-than-her-years songstress, Jessica Lea Mayfield can break your heart with her big, beautiful eyes or just cut it out with her incredibly sharp ruminations on the damage love can do. Best song, “I’ll Be the One You Want Someday.”
  9. The Breedings: Laughing at Luck – This brother/sister act out of Nashville, TN are the real deal, and I think they are poised to break big in 2012. Erin and Willie Breeding compliment each other perfectly on their debut, but it’s Erin’s voice that will grab you tight and not let go. Best song, “When It All Comes Down.”
  10. Jo Wymer: Living with Scars – I love Jo Wymer. This New Jersey-based mother/wife/teacher lives and rocks by a simple motto: Play it loud. And on her self-financed, independently released debut, she does just that, reaching for a brass ring that few artists are lucky to ever touch in their entire career and refusing to let go. I compared her to Pat Benatar in my review, but honestly, she’s better. Few albums in 2011 made me smile as much in 2011, and I can honestly say I never once was tempted to turn the volume down. Best song, “Dirty Secrets.”

NINEBULLETS.NET PODCAST: EPISODE 23

How y’all doing? It’s been a little while since we did one of these. I wish I had a real excuse but, to be honest, I don’t. I felt the pressure of doing a weekly radio show and as a result, the podcast got pushed to the background. Well, that’s not the case any longer and with that said, let’s focus on this show and not the missed shows of the past few months.

Once again out good friend from the Northwest, Lollyrae, sent us some beers and I went to drinking them during the podcast. You may remember that we did this once before and I was a little mixed on the results. While I did not get slurring drunk during this show I think I did a much better job describing the beers and making the trying of the beers a part of the show. I hope y’all think so too.

Speaking of the show. We’ve lots of good new stuff as well as some tunes you’re probably already quite familiar with. The show opens with a cover of Tom Petty’s “Refugee” by The Gaslight Anthem that I think rivals the original. Some of the other standout tracks include; Merle Haggard proving he still has it, Hellbound Glory showing there’s more to them than drug songs, Have Gun Will Travel showing there will be no sophomore slump with Mergers & Acquisitions, Shooter Jennings sending the pop country boys a message and Scott Hiram Biram doing what he does so well.

All that’s left is to press play on the music. So get to it and as always, if you like what you’re hearing on these podcasts, tell your friends about it. Post about it on your Facebook wall. Tweet about it. These bands are all pretty small so every new ear their music find counts, and you can directly assist them in that effort by telling people about this podcast and others like it.

Track Listing:

01. The Gaslight Anthem – Refugee (from the iTunes Sessions)
02. Autopsy IV Commentary
03. Merle Haggard – working Man’s Blues (from Working In Tennessee)
04. Chris Knight – Enough Rope (from Enough Rope)
05. Doop and The Inside Outlaws – What Am I Supposed To Do (from What Am I Supposed To Do)
06. Autopsy IV Commentary
07. Sassparilla – Same Old Blues (from The Darndest Thing)
08. Gill Landry – Careless Love (from Piety & Desire)
09. James Leg – Drowning In Fire (from Solitary Pleasures)
10. Autopsy IV Commentary
11. Hellbound Glory – Bastard Child (from Damaged Goods)
12. Arliss Nancy – Wrong or Right (from Dance To Forget)
13. Have Gun Will Travel – To The Victor Goes The Spoils (from Mergers & Acquisitions)
14. Autopsy IV Commentary
15. The Decemberists – E. Watson (from Long Live The King)
16. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy (from the cd-single Lonely Boy)
17. Autopsy IV Commentary
18. Shooter Jennings – Outlaw You (from iTunes)
19. Chuck Ragan – Nomad By Fate (from Covering Ground)
20. Autopsy IV Commentary
21. American Anodyne – Bastard Sons Of The New Depression (from So, You Wanna Be A Bullfighter)
22. Scott H. Biram – I want My Mojo Back (from Bad Ingredients)



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PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 10.20.11

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 October 20, 2011.

01. Greenland Is Melting- No Matter What You See
02. Hellbound Glory – Bar Room Beauty
03. Whitey Morgan & The ’78’s – Honky Tonk Queen
04. Mickey Gilley – Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time
05. Have Gun Will Travel – Dream No More
06. Have Gun Will Travel – Katharine, Don’t Fall Off The Wagon
07. Have Gun Will Travel – Songs Of Seven Sisters
08. Have Gun Will Travel – To The Victor Goes The Spoils
09. Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley – Just Good Ol’ Boys
10. Charlie Daniles Band – Long Haired Country Boy
11. Hank Williams Jr. – Family Tradition
12. The Gaslight Anthem – Refugee
13. John Moreland – Christian Rock
14. Brown Bird – Fingers To The Bone
15. Moreland & Arbuckle – 18 Counties

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Episode 42: aired 10.20.2011

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 08.18.11

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.

Last night’s show featured Von from the Americana Rock Mix sitting in as Co-Host.

Below is the playlist for August 18, 2011.

01. Drive-By Truckers – Play It All Night Long
02. Joe Pug – Speak Plainly Diana
03. Lauderdale – Moving On
04. Matt Woods – Johnny Ray Dupree
05. Matt Burke – Disappearing Kind
06. The Weeks – Buttons
07. Damion Suomi & the Minor Prophets – Camel
08. Chuck Ragan – Meet You In The Middle
09. The Gaslight Anthem – Stay Lucky
10. River Rouge – Black Liquorice
11. Backyard Tire Fire – How The Hell Did You Get Back Here?
12. Frank Black & The Catholics – Bullet

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Playlist: It's The Music – Friday: Ninebullets Radio Lite Edtion 08.12.2011

I was the guest host for the Friday Edition of “It’s The Music”. The show is archived for one week after it’s original air date and is available for streaming here: http://www.wmnf.org/programs/380

Below is the playlist for August 08, 2011:

01. Micah Schnabel – American Static
02. The Shakes – Be Mine
03. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – She’s So Scandolous
04. Glossary – Save Your Money for the Weekend
05. Kaleigh Baker – Train Gone By
06. Nikki Lane – Gone, Gone, Gone
07. Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – I Swear
08. Eilen Jewell – High Shelf Booze
09. Ghost Shirt – History of the Radio
10. The Only Sons – Standing Water
11. Shane Sweeney – When I Am Empty
12. The Decemberists – Down By The Water
13. The Gaslight Anthem – Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
14. Roppongi’s Ace – Waiting For The Day

Last Good Tooth Live In The Studio

15. Lauderdale – Moving On
16. Damion Suomi – Ghost
17. Andrew Combs – Tennessee Time
18. Frank Turner – I Still Believe
19. Chuck Ragan – Meet Me In The Middle
20. Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil – Seven Points
21. American Anodyne – Bastard Sons of The New Depression
22. The Builders and The Butchers – All Away

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PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 06.16.11

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 June 16, 2011.

01. Drive-By Truckers – Nine Bullets
02. Damion Suomi – Sunday Morning
03. The Sumner Brothers – Both Back
04. The Legendary ShackShakers – Blood OnThe Bluegrass
05. William Elliott Whitmore – Field Song
06. Moreland & Arbuckle – Purgatory
07. Grayson Capps – Highway 42
08. Cut In The Hill Gang – I Wanna Holler
09. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Clap Your Hands
10. The Gaslight Anthem – Billoxi Parish
11. Will Quinlan & The Diviners – This Thieving Life
12. Frank Turner – Peggy Sang The Blues
13. Greenland Is Melting – The Last Song

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.

TOP 5: BANDS MOST LIKELY TO…


My Twitter and Facebook feeds were all a flutter Monday morning about The Grammys. The Black Keys won 3 Grammys and Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers performed on the show! Not to mention Mumford & Sons being up for Best New Artist. For a day at least, everyone was openly wondering who the next band from whatever our little niche of music is was gonna be.

So that’s this week’s Top 5. Give me your opinion on the 5 artists or bands that have the best shot at moving from this little scene we live and play in up to the bright lights of the Grammys.

Here are mine:

Gaslight Anthem: They’re one of those “love em or hate em” bands but the simple fact is that they have the polish, the hooks and the looks.

The Gaslight Anthem – The 59 Sound

Lucero: They’re almost the anti-Gaslight but what they lack in polish they make up for in substance. These guys have the songs, have put in the work and if the ever growing crowds have proven anything, they have mass appeal too.

Lucero – What Are You Willing To Lose

Glossary: These guys are almost an amalgam of Lucero and Gaslight. Every time I play their new album for someone, I end up burning a copy for them (sorry Glossies, but it’s the truth). If the country still had any real DJ’s outside of community radio these guys would be getting tons of airplay right now.

Glossary – Save Your Money For The Weekend

Whitey Morgan and The 78’s: If country music radio had any balls or if country music radio listeners actually cared about music these dudes would be huge already. The nashville country music scene and fan is dying for something worthwhile and these guys supply it without asking those pop country ears to try to hard.

Whitey Morgan and the 78’s – Bad News

Old Crow Medicine Show: Watching Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers actually perform on the Grammy stage while Bob Dylan tried to sing through some snot goober he had lodged mid-throat makes Old Crow the most obvious in this list.

Old Crow Medicine Show – My Good Gal

So. There you go. What are your 5?
Also, anyone else notice how much the singer of Mumford & Sons looked like Tim Tebow in the Grammy performance?