The Return of Ninebullets Radio!

9B-LOGO

WOOHOO! After 7 months of silence I am back in the saddle and ready to celebrate with a tidal wave of brand new music so let’s do this.

TRACK LISTING: [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Tim Barry – ‘222’ (Manchester)
02. Daniel Romano – I’m Gonna Teach You (If I’ve Only One Time Askin’)
03. Daniel Romano – Old Fires Die (If I’ve Only One Time Askin’)
04. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard – Django And Jimmie (Django And Jimmie)
05. Heathen Sons – Fourth of July (Through the Eyes of the Lion)
06. Benchmarks – American Night (American Night)
07. Two Cow Garage – Let The Boys Be Girls
08. Have Gun Will Travel – True Believers (Science From An Easy Chair)
09. David Mayfield – Rain On My Parade (Strangers)
10. Scott H. Biram – Sinkin’ Down (Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever)
11. Whitey Morgan & The 78’s – That’s How I Got To Memphis (Sonic Ranch)
12. Chris Stapleton – Was It 26 (Traveler)
13. The Steeldrivers – Brother John (The Muscle Shoals Recordings)
14. Eilen Jewell – Needle & Thread (Sundown Over Ghost Town)
15. Closing song

Talk to y’all next month!

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 06.28.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

Back up in the cut with all sorts of new shit this week. New Lucero. New Gaslight Anthem. New Old Crow Medicine Show. New Sturgill Simpson. Old Whitey Morgan and The 78’s. So what the fuck are you waiting on? Carve out two hours and drop your earholes on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for June 28, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Steeldrivers – Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey (The Steeldrivers)
02. Lucero – Tears Don’t Matter Much (Live In Atlanta)
03. The Gaslight Anthem – Rollin’ & Tumblin’ (Get Hurt)
04. The Underhill Family Orchestra – The Great Wausau Bank Robbery (Stories Of Appalachia Proper)
05. Seth Walker – 2′ Left to the Ceiling (Seth Walker)
06. Kathleen Edwards – I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory (Asking For Flowers)
07. Arlo McKinely & The Lonesome Sound – Dark Side Of The Street (self-titled)
08. Nikki Lane – Wild One (All or Nothin’)
09. Big Shoals – 12 Steps (Still Go On)
10. Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band – Hard To Hear The Truth (Promises To Deliver)
11. First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining (Stay Gold)
12. Matt Woods – Lucero Song (With Love From Brushy Mountain)
13. Drive-By Truckers – Zip City (Southern Rock Opera)
14. Todd Farrell – Pawnshops (All My Heroes Live In Vans)
15. Chuck Ragan – Non-Typical (Till Midnight)
16. Old Crow Medicine Show – Doc’s Day (Remedy)
17. Kasey Anderson – I Was A Photograph (Blake’s Song) (Nowhere Nights)
18. Jason Isbell – Dress Blues (Live From Alabama)
19. Cale Caudle – Countdown (Paint Another Layer On My Heart)
20. Frank Turner – The Road (Last Minutes & Lost Evenings)
21. Lydia Loveless – Head (Somewhere Else)
22. Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Body Electric (Small Town Heroes)
23. Doc Feldman & the LD50 – Cold Tile Floor (Sundowning The Station)
24. Sturgill Simpson – The Promise (Metamodern Sounds In Country Music)
25. Ben Knight and The Welldiggers – Hammerdropper (The Divining Rod)
26. Whitey Morgan and the 78s – I Ain’t Drunk (self-titled)
27. Hellbound Glory – Streets of Aberdeen (LV)

Bold = Request

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Episode 182: aired 06.28.2014

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 09.28.2013 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

Been MIA for a while. I know. It’s not been due to depression though. Just up to my ears in shit that has to get done at work and at the home. Shit seems to be slowing down now though. So, like me, carve out 2 hours for the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for September 28, 2013 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Weary Boys – Cruel Corrina (Good Times)
02. Jason Isbell – Live Oak (Southeastern)
03. Mat D and the Profane Saints – Carry me to Canaan (Holyoke)
04. The White Buffalo – The Whistler (Shadows, Greys and Evil Ways)
05. The Wood Brothers – I Got Loaded (The Muse)
06. JD McPherson – Why Lady Why (High Cotton)
07. Valerie June – Wanna Be On Your Mind (Pushin’ Against A Stone)
08. Left Lane Cruiser – Electrify (Rock Them Back To Hell)
09. Leroy Powell – Good Morning Little School Girl (Paranoid)
10. JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers – Wild Moon (Wild Moon)
11. Matt Woods – Deadman’s Blues <--- BRAND NEW
12. Lucero – The Closer You Get (High Cotton)
13. Bonnie Whitmore – The Gavel (There I Go Again)
14. Joe Pug – Not So Sure (Messenger)
15. Jake Bugg – Someone Told Me (Jake Bugg)
16. The Steeldrivers – Shallow Grave (Hammer Down)
17. Arliss Nancy – Wild American Runners (Wild AMerican Runners)
18. Those Crosstown Rivals – Kentucky Woman (TCR/Arliss Split)
19. Hellbound Glory – The Feud
20. John Mellencamp – Longest Days (On The Rural Route)
21. John Moreland – 3:59 AM (In The Throes)
22. Deer Tick – Goodbye, Dear Friend (The Black Dirt Sessions)
23. Will Quinlan and The Diviners – The Thieving Life (Navasota)
24. Have Gun Will Travel – Finer Things (Fiction, Fact or Folktale?)
25. Truckstop Coffee – Ghost or an Angel (For Dear Life)
26. American Aquarium – Burn. Flicker. Die (Burn. Flicker. Die)
27. Two Cow Garage – Hey Cinderella (The Death of the Self-Preservation Society)
28. Todd May – Alphabet City (Rickerbacker Girls)
29. Matt Woods – Deadman’s Blues

Bold = Request

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You can download Ninebullets Radio here: Hour 1 / Hour 2
If you like Ninebullets Radio please drop a 5 spot in the Tip Jar.

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 143: aired 09.28.2013

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 02.23.12

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 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

You can download Ninebullets Radio here

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 04.14.11


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. Below is the playlist for April 14, 2011.

  1. Mat D – Ford Marriage
  2. Delta Moon – Clear Blue Flame
  3. The Steeldrivers – Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey
  4. Otis Gibbs – Small Town Saturday Night
  5. Chet O’Keefe – Game Bird
  6. Cam Penner – Driftwood
  7. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Alabama Pines
  8. Chris Knight – Enough Rope
  9. Seasick Steve – Chiggers
  10. Drive-By Truckers – Sinkhole
  11. Truckstop Coffee – The Ballad Of Joel Carpenter
  12. Matt Woods – Johnny Ray Dupree
  13. Have Gun Will Travel – Ol’ Death Rattle

P.S.: Ninebullets Radio now has it’s own Facebook Page. It’ll be the central depot for playlists, show related banter and ticket/giveaway announcements. So, if you’re into that please wander over and “like” us and tell a friend or two about it.

NINEBULLETS.NET NOVEMBER 2010 PODCAST: WE’RE BACK EDITION:


Oh yeah! Sorry for the 2 month furlow. I missed a month for the ninebullets.net 4th Anniversary Party (which was way awesome!) and I missed a month based on total I dunno. Honestly, I’d planned to do an October podcast but the month just kind of got away from me. Not that any of that shit matters now. It’s November, turkey day is around the corner and the podcast is back so let’s talk about it….

The November show features a really drunk me (can you tell where I turned off the drunk recording of this show and came back sober?) and new music from 9B staples Kasey Anderson, Whitey Morgan & The 78’s, The Steeldrivers, Joseph Huber (.357 String Band), John Mellencamp and Drag The River. It also features some music from some new found 9B faves like The Cur Dogs, Truckstop Darlin’ and Doc Dailey.

All in all, I think this is a great collection of music for your Thanksgiving travels. Listen, love, order a Jack and Coke from your stewardess and let’s do this! Also, really, you have no idea how far a comment, an email or any sort of acknowledgment that people are actually listening/enjoying these things goes….so please, if you like the 9B podcast, let me know but only after you’ve tweeted and posted on Facebook about it.

Enjoy and I’ll holler at y’all in December (i promise, I’ve already pulled out Robert Earle Keene’s, “Merry Christmas From The Family“).

TRACKLISTING:

  1. Intro [00.00.00]
  2. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.02.40]
  3. Kasey Anderson – The Wrong Light [00.04.28]
  4. Arliss Nancy – Paul Revere [00.08.56]
  5. Beastie Boys – Paul Revere [00.12.00]
  6. The Cur Dogs – Kro-Bride [00.15.44]
  7. Truckstop Darling – Bluegrass State [00.19.47]
  8. Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil – Sunday School [00.24.47]
  9. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.28.01]
  10. Whitey Morgan & the 78’s – Bad News [00.29.16]
  11. The Steeldrivers – The Price [00.34.16]
  12. Joseph Huber – Downtime [00.38.20]
  13. Joshua Black Wilkins – Backseat of Her Car [00.42.00]
  14. John Mellencamp – County Fair [00.45.10]
  15. Grayson Capps – Mermaid [00.48.48]
  16. Will Quinlan & The Diviners – The Thieving Life [00.52.44]
  17. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.57.22]
  18. Drag The River – Here’s To The Losers [00.58.26]

THE STEELDRIVERS – RECKLESS

Our good buddy Adam Fenwick is checking in again with another guest piece. Beating me to the punch he’s written a piece about the excellent new Steeldrivers album, Reckless. Give it a read and pick this album up, it’s that good.


When it was announced some time ago that Chris Stapleton would be leaving The Steeldrivers to concentrate on his writing and spend more time with his family, I was concerned that his last record with the band, Reckless, would serve as a funeral of sorts for the current incarnation of the band.

Well you can forget about holding a funeral, this record kicked open the church doors and started an old-fashioned bluegrass revival.

While the groups self-titled debut did a excellent job introducing us to the super-group of Nashville musicians (Stapleton, Richard Bailey, Mike Fleming, Mike Henderson and Tammy Rogers), Reckless allows the band to really explore their musical talents. The result was an outstanding record that hits high note after high note (thanks in part to Stapleton’s amazing voice, which will surely be missed).

The band has always prided itself in playing “dark bluegrass,” with songs about murder, death, destruction, booze, drugs, etc., and Reckless once again hits that mark. “Good Corn Liquor” tells the story of a father who starts running whiskey to help his family, only to end up on the wrong side of a lawman’s gun, “Guitars, Whiskey, Guns and Knives” is pretty self explanatory and “The Reckless Side Of Me” tells the story of a man and the two angels that guide him, one of which leans toward rhyme and reason and the other that stands on the side of recklessness.

While those three songs alone could anchor any record, the real gem here is the finale, “Ghosts of Mississippi.” This song sounds like it belongs on a blues record more than it does a bluegrass (or Americana, depending which way you lean) record, yet Stapleton and the band turn the song into a barn burner. This is by far the best song of the record (aiv says: The Price is my personal fave) and worth the price of admission.

If I had to find a fault in the record (and I’m hard pressed to do so), I would only say that the song “Where Rainbows Never Die” should have been left off the final track list. It just doesn’t seem to fit in along with the rest of the songs on the record. It’s not a bad song by any stretch, it simply doesn’t fit in well with the other 11 songs on the record.

Long story short, if you liked the first Steeldrivers record you really need to buy this one. I’m sure Autopsy IV would agree with me (aiv says: I do) when I say this is Essential Listening without a doubt or second thought.

The Steeldrivers – The Price
The Steeldrivers – Ghosts of Mississippi
The Steeldrivers – Good Corn Liquor

The Steeldrivers Official Site, The Steeldrivers on myspace, Buy Reckless

P.S.
Fans of the band needn’t worry about its future. The remaining members of the band have already found a replacement for Stapleton in Gary Nichols, whose voice more than fits the style fans of the band have grown accustom to.

PURITAN RODEO – THE MAGIC SUIT BALL

The other night I was sifting through my dvd collection (I am preparing to sell it all) when I found a cd that must have fallen off the “to listen to” stack and gotten kicked under the bench seat where my dvd’s are stored.

That cd was Puritan Rodeo’s 2008 effort The Magic Suit Ball.

Feeling bad that the cd had been lost for so long (it’s street date was May of ’08), I immediately put it in my car cd player and you know what….it’s pretty fucking good. It’s like a mashup of, say, Pinebox Serenade and Gil Landry with a touch of The Steeldrivers. It’s a nice tight and well-paced cd that I wish I’d written about a year ago. I wasn’t even gonna write about it now, but a quick search of The Hype Machine proved that nobody had written about these kids from North Carolina at all.

Shame on us all.

So here you go. Check out the album. I think you’ll like it.

According to a myspace blog posting from May of THIS year, it appears the band is back in the studio working on what will be their third album. I hereby vow to write about it on the same year of its release.

Puritan Rodeo – Fool’s Gold
Puritan Rodeo – Put Down The Money
Puritan Rodeo – Waiting

Puritan Rodeo’s Official Site, Puritan Rodeo on myspace, Buy The Magic Suit Ball

(GUEST BLOG) ROCK REPORT: FLAT ROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL (Flat Rock, N.C.)

(NOTE FROM AUTOPSY IV: Today’s piece comes from a frequent ninebullets.net reader, Adam Fenwick. He emailed me last week asking if he could submit a Rock Report about a festival he’d recently attended. I sad “Of Course” and here it is for y’all.)

I’ve never been one for camping.  I’m far too accustom to a comfortable bed and a warm shower in the morning.  But when my parents decided they were going to buy an RV to take to music festivals I had no excuse not to begin attending them.

With that said, I took some well needed vacation days at work and took a trip with my family to Flat Rock, N.C. for the 2008 Flat Rock Music Festival.  I’ve been looking forward to this festival for months and came prepared with my digital camera to take as many photos as possible.

We arrived at the festival grounds Friday morning around 11:30.  Unfortunately for us it was pouring down rain when we arrived and things didn’t get any better after that.

Rather then pay full price for our tickets my family decided to volunteer, meaning we had to spend 8 hours during the three day weekend helping out at the festival doing various tasks.  My job on Friday was checking arm bands on the shuttle bus that took festivalgoers from the field at the bottom of the mountain to the top.

That would have been just fine, had the van not gotten stuck four times.  By the time my shift was over I had mud up to my knees.  I was in bed by 10:30 p.m. after that mess.

Day two, meanwhile, was a much better day.  The sun came out, the good bands arrived and I got the last part of my volunteer work done early in the day so I could enjoy the remainder of the day.

6 p.m. – The SteelDrivers


I discovered The SteelDrivers when researching the bands at the festival this year.  I loved their sound and thought they would be a fun band to check out.  Boy was I right.  They came on stage and went right to work winning over a crowd who seemed apprehensive at best.

The further they got into their set the more the crowd began to respond.  Soon the band began interacting, talking with the crowd and giving intros for each song.  At one point, the band talked about their songs being “Uneasy Listening” or “dark bluegrass.”  I don’t know about anyone else, but that’s my favorite kind of bluegrass.

Songs that got a lot of response were “Midnight Train To Memphis” and “If It Hadn’t Been For Love.”  Also of note, the band had for sale a live CD from the Station Inn in 2006.  If anyone has the chance to pick it up at a live show, do it, you won’t be disappointed.

The Steel Drivers – If It Hadn’t Been For Love [live]
The Steel Drivers – Midnight Train To Memphis [live]
The Steel Drivers – Whiplash [live]

Video of “If It Hadn’t Been For Love” from Flat Rock Music Festival:

8 p.m. – Skinny Legs and All



This band was the surprise of my weekend.  When I read the profile on the Flat Rock Music Festival website it said these guys were a bunch of kids who played the blues. Well, that would be a very accurate description.  The oldest member of the band was 18 (the keyboardist) and the youngest was the bass player (he didn’t look anymore then 13 or 14 at best).

The lead singer, a gorgeous young redhead, had an amazing voice and boy did she show it.  The band didn’t have any songs of their own but they did a good job covering songs made famous by others.  They jumped everywhere from Led Zepplin to Santana to Susan Tedeschi to Aretha Franklin to The Band.  I would have stayed for the entire set but Sonny Landreth was about to hit the main stage and I had to bolt and meet up with my family.

Video of Skinny Legs & All performing “The Weight” at Flat Rock Music Festival:

9 p.m. – Sonny Landreth


Interestingly, Sonny Landreth was the musician I was least interested in seeing out of the entire bunch but he was the one I had the most fun listening to.  The atmosphere around Sonny was amazing and the crowd was totally into his set.  Popular favorites like “Native Stepson” and “U.S.S. Zydocomobile” keep the crowd into the set from beginning to end.

I ended up seeing a lot of old friends during Sonny’s set, including a family friend named Jason (who I hadn’t seen in at least three years, maybe longer) and some former co-workers from four or five years ago.  Who knew Sonny Landreth could act as a reunion of sorts?

Midnight – WSNB


If you like nasty blues, check these guys out.  WSNB, which stands for We Sing Nasty Blues, took the stage for the midnight jam session in the gym just down the path from the main stage shortly before midnight.

I spoke briefly with the lead singer before the band started and he seemed pretty excited about the set, even if it was so late in the evening.  It certainly didn’t seem to matter to the festivalgoers, they arrived in force ready to jam.  And jam they did.

I ended up staying in the gym watching and listening to the band until nearly 1:30 a.m., at which point I realized what time it was.  I had two options, either stay and finish out the set or risk missing the shuttle and having to walk the scary path down the mountain back to the field.  I decided I wanted to live, so I quickly grabbed a CD and made my way to the shuttle.

WSNB – Rusted
WSNB – True Love

All in all the festival was a good one.  I got to see a bunch of great bands, meet a bunch of great people and enjoy a rocking good time.  I just hope next time I go it doesn’t rain on Friday, cause you know, that just spoils all the fun.

THE STEELDRIVERS – THE STEELDRIVERS

The Steeldrivers are a virtual super-group of the Nashville background featuring Richard Bailey (Banjo), Mike Fleming (Bass/Vocals), Mike Henderson (Mandolin/Vocals), Tammy Rogers (Fiddle/Vocals) and Chris Stapleton (Guitar/lead Vocals). The first thing about these guys that jumped out to me was Chis Stapleton’s ‘sandpaper to silk’ voice. It immediately seemed familiar. Having worked with so many popular musicians in the current ‘pop with a fiddle’ country music, scene I wonder if maybe I picked up on his voice in the background of a song at some point. Another particularly interesting thing about the band is that while they do look like a bluegrass band on paper, their sound really doesn’t fall into the Bluegrass category….smooth-grass maybe, if you were forcing it in. I’d prefer to just call it Americana with bluegrass instrumentation.

I will agree with the common consensus that any song on this album is a juggernaut alone, but as a whole it can be difficult to listen to the album. It’s an interesting phenomenon that can easily be conquered by the “shuffle all songs” option on the iPod. For their second album I think the band should get out of Nashville for about 6 months, then re-address the songs and record them in some analog-only studio down in Louisiana somewhere.

Regardless of cohesiveness, the high points on this album are well worth placing this album on the ninebullets.net Essential Listening list. Shit, I knew it was going there the moment I heard “If It Hadn’t Been For Love” the first time.

The Steeldrivers – If It Hadn’t Been For Love
The Steeldrivers – Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey
The Steeldrivers – Hear The Willow Cry

The Steeldrivers’ Official Site, The Steeldrivers on myspace, Buy The Steeldrivers