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.

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 06.09.11

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 09, 2011.

01. Seasick Steve – Treasures
02. Frank Turner – English Curse
03. William Elliott Whitmore – Everything Gets Gone
04. Grayson Capps – Rock N Roll
05. Micah Schnabel – Cut Me Mick
06. Tim Barry – “222”
07. Larry and His Flask – Ready Your Roomates
08. The Legendary Shackshakers – County Of Graves
09. Matt Woods – Beating Down My Door
10. The Deep Dark Woods – The Gallows
11. Pinebox Serenade – Woven Arms
12. The Wells – I Had A Dream, Jesse
13. The .357 String Band – The Days Engrave
14. Drag the River – Calloused Heart #2
15. Chuck Ragan – Rotterdamn
16. Lucero – Wandering Star
(requests are in italics)

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.

THE ROCK REPORT: TORNADO RIDER @ MARKETPLACE ON 7th; YBOR CITY


I caught Tornado Rider at Tropical Heatwave last year under the advise of many a friend. They’d tried to describe what the band was like but much like I am about to here, they fell woefully short. It’s not their fault. Trying to describe their live show is a lot like trying to describe a Legendary Shackshakers live show. You can put the spectacle in words, but the experience is beyond description. Visually, Tornado Rider is a three-piece featuring drums, bass and an electric cello being played by some fellows in fantasyish costumes. Sonically, they’re pure punk (think A.R.E. Weapons) music with pure fantasy lyrics that would be the perfect opener for The Protomen.

Heading to the show I wasn’t sure how many people would be at the show and I was less sure if Tornado Rider would be able to play with the same amount of energy I saw them play with at Tropical Heatwave. I was pleasantly surprise with the answer to both.

The bar was pretty full when I arrived and either the entire bar was there to see Tornado Rider or they immediately bought in to what the kids were selling cause nobody left when the music started and most wandered up towards the stage. The band not only managed to match the energy of Tropical Heatwave but it seemed like the up close and personal nature of a bar environment fueled them on even more. The band was more interactive than they’d been last time while the singer/electric cellist spent a good amount of time noodling electric cello solos on the floor in the middle of the crowd.

I can not recommend seeing these guys emphatically enough. They’re 100% pure fun who make me believe that the underground music scene is alive and well and even features a few re-purposed instruments.

To get an idea of what I am talking about, watch this video:

SOANGELICATE’S ROCK REPORT: THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS W/HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL & THE URBANE COWBOYS


All three of these bands are near and dear to 9b’s collective heart, so to have them all on the same bill is a pretty damned fine thing. Autopsy is the one who first convinced me that I could not miss an LSS show, and after seeing my first a couple years back, I couldn’t do anything but agree with him. Have Gun Will Travel have an incredibly fun chemistry to their sound that not only translates seamlessly to digital media in a way not many other bands can match, but is even more dynamic when you see them in person. Then you add The Urbane Cowboys, who are not only a phenomenal local band that doesn’t play live near enough for my taste, but they do some of the coolest covers out there. This was a show not to be missed.

The Urbane Cowboys started the night and got things rolling with some of their original songs, as well as my favorite cover of theirs, a dreamy, twangy, perfect version of The Pixies’ “Wave of Mutilation”. Kamran said that it happened as an accident when he was playing with a chord progression and another band member picked up on it. It’s pretty amazing and if you happened to miss it, you can hear it on their album, Only Truth Tonight. I, however, suggest you try to hear it live.

Bradentucky boys Have Gun, Will Travel took to the stage next. We just saw them last week when they played Creative Loafing’s “Loafies” party to celebrate The Best of The Bay Awards. While there, they also picked up an award for Best Bay Area Breakout, which they richly deserve, and they proved that to us one again with their performance this night. Along with songs from the much lauded Postcards from the Friendly City, we also got to hear a new song, “The Living Dead Blues”, a tune about zombies.

Lastly, just as the place had finally started to fill in a bit and people were setting their drunk on cruise control, The Legendary Shack Shakers were up. Now I have to admit, I don’t own any of their stuff and this show made me wonder why. It also then immediately reminded me why- if I tried to drive while playing their stuff I would probably get a ticket for going 95 in a 45 and running a school bus full of orphans off a bridge. LSS do not fuck around. They put on one hell of an entertaining, high energy, hilarious show, and Frontman Col. J. D. Wilkes is one of the best performers I have ever seen live, gyrating, distorting his face, interacting with the audience. Basically, he’s more ringleader than band leader.

Another thing about an LSS show is the crowd. Most of them knew every word as clearly as they knew the risk they faced being in the pit, the risk of being hit with a snot rocket or a pube, courtesy of the Colonel. However, you also may get a microphone in front of your face so you can sing along, or a hand out to shake yours, so for many it’s worth the risk. The crowd pretty much got going right away, but during “Creek Cats” the thrashing went into full effect. In fact, there were so many bodies flying in and out of the pit as the show went on that the staff started removing tables from around the outside of the floor as beer bottles kept getting knocked down. I think this pretty much sums up the show, and if you didn’t make it out, you did a disservice to yourself that hopefully you will be lucky enough to rectify if they come around here again.

To see some of the madness, check out the pix at www.drunkcameraguy.com

TAMPA/ST. PETE: TO DO: THE URBANE COWBOYS, HAVE GUN-WILL TRAVEL & THE LEGENDARY SHACKSHAKERS; WEDNESDAY NIGHT @ CROWBAR in YBOR CITY


I said this on both Twitter and Facebook and I think it’s worth repeating here; I’d pretty much figured The Urbane Cowboys had called it quits, and yet here they are. Simply having them on a bill with Have Gun Will Travel makes this show worth its door charge (10 dollars I think), but then you add the utterly ridiculous cherry on top in the form of The Legendary ShackShakers. Those who know, know. Those who don’t…well, what the fuck is wrong with you? Get your ass to The Crowbar and see what Jello Biafra called rock and roll’s best frontman, Col. J.D. Wilkes. Snot rockets will be launched, pubes will be thrown, beers will be drank and howdies will get doodied. You may hate the music but you’ll love the show, I guarantee it. It’s Iggy Pop fronting Southern Culture on the Skids. The Southern gothic, rock and roll version of the Sex Pistols, but more entertaining and with more talent.

See you at the show!

The Urbane Cowboys – 30 Days
Have Gun Will Travel – Blessing and A Curse
The Legendary ShackShakers – Hobos Are My Heroes

AMERICAN GRAVEYARD – HALLELUJAHLAND


American Graveyard (or their hired hands) mounted a pretty substantial email PR blitz a couple of weeks ago, and being quite possibly the greatest fringe country music blog in the history of the internets to write about music and be named after a Drive-By Truckers song, it was only a matter of time before I received the email with the lead single, “The Common Ones”, from their latest effort, Hallelujahland, attached.

As I’ve said before, I try and read every PR email I get (this gets harder and harder as time goes on) and make an effort to listen to a decent chunk of the music that comes with those PR emails. When I initially listened to “The Common Ones” I was taken aback, one could even say I was blown away. “The Common Ones” could easily be a Tim Barry track if it were a little leaner and meaner, but I was worried that the album could not live up to song.

Unlike “The Common Ones”, and quite possibly its title track, Hallelujahland is decidedly not a Tim Barry album if it were leaner and meaner. Matter of fact, the album’s opening song is more comparable to The Legendary Shackshakers than anything and the fluidity of their sound never lets up. I say that, but the roots of the songs are always the same, so it ain’t like you’re on some odd iPod on shuffle genre jumping listening experience or anything. While there isn’t another track on the album that melts my face quite like “The Common Ones”, this album has managed to acquire a cherished spot on the AIV iPhone (which is a mirror of the 9B Essential Listening list), sans a few horribly ill advised tracks like “Fuck”.

Anyhow, this little band out of Austin is definitely worth giving a couple of listens to. I suspect very few of you will regret it.

American Graveyard – The Common Ones
American Graveyard – Hallelujahland
American Graveyard – Pinebox

American Graveyard on myspace, Buy Hallelujahland

THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS – AGRIDUSTRIAL


Come on now, you knew I was gonna write about a new Legendary Shack Shakers release eventually, right? I am, admittedly, late getting to this, the Shack Shakers’ 5th studio effort (and first of the post-David Lee era), but please don’t take that as a sign that Agridustrial is a bad album. ‘Cause it’s exactly the opposite.

The Shack Shakers closed out their Tentshow Trilogy, as well as their relationship with Yep Roc, back in 2007 with what I thought was their best effort to date, Swampblood. The band seemed to quiet down a little and let the finer points of their music stand out from the chug and grind we fans have grown so used to. If the title of this effort didn’t clue you in, Agridustrial ain’t that. To quote J.D., “Agridustrial is the statement of an American band fighting back against a society gone mad with greed and the usurpation of basic human dignities…the sound of Agridustrial is a direct response to the present day recession in foreshadowing the looming collapse that awaits to return us back to self-sufficiency…” The “dustrial” part of the album comes from the use of the sounds of hammers, anvils, tongs, cranks and chains that the band recorded at a local blacksmith shop and which are being used in the percussion tracks of the album. All of this comes together to easily create one of the heaviest and loudest Shack Shaker albums to date, and I can’t get enough of it. Agridustrial isn’t just essential listening, it’s essential studying. On their surface, LSS are a large, loud, Southern gothic band with a snot launching, pube tossing, harmonica playing leprechaun for a frontman, but even a half-assed effort into figuring out the message of Agridustrial (and most other LSS albums) will prove the JD Wilkes and Co. are preaching a message of a dying way of life to anyone willing to listen. I think this message is especially poignant right now as Big Oil ruins the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Coast, taking with it peoples’ way of life 5 or 6 generations deep, all the while putting as much (if not more) effort into controlling information leaks as they are the oil leak…..but I digress, so let’s just get back to the music:

The Legendary Shack Shakers – Hoboes are My Heroes
The Legendary Shack Shakers – Dixie Iron Fist
The Legendary Shack Shakers – Nightride

The Legendary Shack Shakers’ Official Site, The Legendary Shack Shakers on myspace, Buy Agridustrial

THE ROCK REPORT: THOSE LEGENDARY SHACKSHAKERS @ THE GARAGE: ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

Legendary bad-asses, Those Legendary Shackshakers came to town last month to drop some snot, pubes and rock and roll on their loyal following.

I hadn’t written about the show yet cause, really, there’s nothing new to write about. I’ve seen so many LSS shows and I’ve written about so many LSS shows here on 9b that it’s starting to feel like I’m just writing the same review over and over. This show was like the others (awesome), if anything, it was a little tamer than shows past.

Then my friend, James Zambon, posted his pictures of the show and I knew I had to share them with y’all. I’ve been dragging him to quite a few shows with me as of late and he’s taken some fine pictures that I’ve shared with y’all but these might be his best effort yet.

Go check them out.

Those Legendary Shackshakers – Blood On The Bluegrass
Those Legendary Shackshakers – Piss and Vinegar
Those Legendary Shackshakers – Old Spur Line

P.S.: By popular demand I must say, like all others, I think John Rich is a gigantic douche.

P.P.S.: There will be no post on Tuesday cause I am on the road all day.

TAMPA/ST. PETE: TO DO: WOODSBOSS & THOSE LEGENDARY SHACKSHAKERS

Man, it’s been a while since we had a To Do and, I ain’t gonna lie, the break has been nice. Having done one to two shows a week for a month plus, I was ready for some time off.  Now having had said time off, I need to go to a fucking show. Lucky for me and the rest of you Tampa/St. Pete-ians, we got a weekend loaded with the awesome. So let’s go through it:

Thursday @ New World: The Woodsboss

There is no shortage of people who’ve danced a shit-ton of nights away @ New World to the live blessings of The Weary Boys. Those were the kinds of nights that stories are made of. A band without a label relentlessly touring enough to build huge followings, in enough towns they could play packed houses in every state of the union. Then reality came crawling and The Weary Boys disbanded.

Wha? Why? What’s gonna? WTFingF?
Shock, rage, sadness.
Enter The Woodsboss. Which, fyi, is basically The Weary Boys minus Darren and add Brian’s wife.

So, all you Weary Boy fans needs to get your asses up off the couch and get out to New World Thursday night and we’ll dance again to the fine fine sounds of Mario, The Woodsboss and a few Weary Boys faves.

Mario Matteoli – Hard Luck Hittin’
Mario Matteoli – Sun Keeps On Beating Down

The Weary Boys – Another Song, Another Drink
The Weary Boys – Cruel Corrina
The Weary Boys – Freight Train Blues

Friday @ The Garage: Tailgunner Joe, Nervous Turkey and Those Legendary Shackshakers

Tampa/St. Pete is in an interesting time because we have an utterly ridiculous level of awesomeness in our local scene, and two of the upper crest of that scene are coming together to open for the the stupidly awesome Legendary Shackshakers.

Really, Tampa. I know you’re lazy. Fuck, I get it. We live in Florida. People who don’t live here don’t get it, but I know that the notion of a “local” band in this state is like screaming “Oral herpes at the kissing booth! Three dollars”, so let me tell you something right now: Tailgunner Joe and Nervous Turkey are each worthy of a night out on their own. Put them together and it almost becomes necessary for you fuckers (that was a ‘you fuckers’ that includes me) need to come out. Now, WTF? You include them both with Those Legendary Shackshakers and I can not think of any reason what you can’t spend 12 dollars to see guaranteed awesome from beginning to end.

Tailgunner Joe & The Earls of Slander – The Street
Tailgunner Joe & The Earls of Slander – This is Your Brain

Nervous Turkey – Strang
Nervous Turkey – Too Late For Romance

For those that don’t know, let’s talk Legendary Shackshakers live for a moment.

It’s Those Leg-en-dary muthafucking Shack Shakers. Does anything more really need to be said? Those who know, know. Those who don’t…well, what the fuck is wrong with you? Get your ass to The Garage and see what Jello Biafra called rock and roll’s best frontman, Col. J.D. Wilkes. Snot rockets will be launched, pubes will be thrown, beers will be drank and howdies will get doodied. You may hate the music but you’ll love the show, I guarantee it. It’s Iggy Pop fronting Southern Culture on the Skids. The southern gothic, rock and roll version of the Sex Pistols, but more entertaining and with more talent.

Those Legendary Shackshakers – Blood On The Bluegrass
Those Legendary Shackshakers – Piss and Vinegar
Those Legendary Shackshakers – Old Spur Line

So, I hope to bounce into a few of ya’ll this weekend. Say hey to me ’cause, despite all your efforts to make it not so, I still love you Tampa and you can insure that by buying me a drink and complementing my new hat.

J.D. WILKES (LEGENDARY SHACKSHAKERS) & HIS WIFE ARE THE DIRT DAUBERS

Mad props to Twang Nation for bringing this to my attention. Seems Col. J.D. Wilkes along with his wife and Layne Hendrickson have formed a roots music band called The Dirt Daubers. Here is what their myspace profile says:

Colonel JD Wilkes (The Legendary Shack Shakers) and his wife Jessica, along with “Slow” Layne Hendrickson, make up the hillbilly/hokum trio THE DIRT DAUBERS! Hailing from western Kentucky, these three caterwaulin’ hooligans sing loud and proud an ecclectic mix of Appalachian, ragtime, and hot jazz standards and original music.

Color me intrigued! One of their videos on YouTube says they have a CD coming out in the near future. Speaking of their YouTube videos….here you go:

The Dirt Daubers – Sugar Baby

The Dirt Daubers – Wild Bill Jones

The Dirt Daubers – Wayfaring Stranger

EDIT: While poking around their myspace profile I came across this picture titled, “Old spur line of the P&L RR, Paducah KY” which reminded me of one of my very favorite LSS tracks:

Legendary Shack Shakers – Old Spur Line