[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 – 10.19.2013 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

Probably one of my favorite shows I’ve done this year. So, try and find 2 hours for a listen to the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for October 19, 2013 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. James Keyes – Darkness Come Creeping (The Middle)
02. The Gourds – Gin and Juice (Shinebox)
03. The Whiskey Gentry – Colly Davis (Holly Grove)
04. The Urbane Cowboys – 30 days (Only Truth Tonight)
05. Possessed By Paul James – Sweet But Bitter Life (There Will Be Nights When I Am Lonely)
06. The Wells – I Had a Dream, Jesse
07. Have Gun Will Travel – Take Me Home, Alice (Fiction, Fact or Folktale?)
08. Todd Farrell – Pawnshops
09. Truckstop Darlin’ – Sad Sweet Songs (Hope and The Heart It Breaks)
10. American Aquarium – Saturday Nights (Burn.Flicker.Die)
11. Big Shoals – 12 Steps
12. The Bean Pickers – warrior (Potlatch)
13. Brett Detar – Too Free To Live (single)
14. Drag The River – The Other Side of OK (Drag The River)
15. Arliss Nancy – Vonnegut (Wild American Runners)
16. Lucero – The Other Side of Lonesome (Texas & Tennessee)
17. Dan Bern – Wasteland (Dan Bern)
18. Lissie – Mountaintop Removal (Back To Forever)
19. The Gaslight Anthem – Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (The ’59 Sound)
20. Becky Warren – Off My Back (The Iraq War EP)
21. Drive-By Truckers – Women Without Whiskey (Southern Rock Opera)
22. Jeff German & the Blankety Blanks – Apology With Every Song (12 Rounds)
23. Matt Woods – Deadman’s Blues
24. Jason Isbell – Elephant (Southeastern)
25. Two Cow Garage – My Great Gatsby (Sweet Saint Me)
26. Left Lane Cruiser – Paralyze Ya (Rock Them Back To Hell)
27. R.E.M. – Orange Crush (Green)

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Episode 146: aired 10.19.2013

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 09.22.11

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 September 22, 2011.

01. NQ Arbuckle – Happy Birthday
02. Gillian Welch – Annabelle
03. Chris Knight – Broken Plow
04. The Wells – I Had A Dream, Jesse
05. Lucero – Darken My Door
06. Glossary – Nothing Can Keep Me Away
07. Stephen Simmons – I’m Late
08. Scott H. Biram – Open Road
09. 13Ghosts – Water, Riser
10. Have Gun Will Travel – 13 Miles To Empty
11. Tim Barry – Amen
12. The Builders & The Butchers – Raise Up Your Weary Hands
13. Williard Grant Conspiracy – Ballad Of John Parker
14. Steve Parry – Raising Hell
15. R.E.M. – Orange Crush
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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)

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Top picks for the first 1/2 of Y2k + 7

Well. Here we are. July. The official beginning of the ass end of the year. So far, this year has proven to be a rather phenomenal concert year for the normally lacking Central Florida region. I was reading an exchange between a bunch of “big-time” bloggers earlier this year about how cheesy all of the “best of” lists that come out at the end of the year are, and it got me to thinking. Shit, I can out-cheese a year-end list…with…wait for it (sorry Bonnell), THE MID-YEAR LIST!

WTF? Why not. I already keep the Essential Listening list. I can spend a day telling you what may favorite 5 so far are. Maybe you’ll buy one, and you should…downloading all the time is like fucking whores. Sure, in the end you got off, but wouldn’t it be nice to get a pretty package every once in a while?

These are selected from my Essential Listening list. It is basically the best albums I have come to hear this year. They may have been released earlier but I did not hear them until 2007 and the same rules apply here. Furthermore, these are not in any order, and isn’t a be-all end-all list. This list could change depending on the day and my mood. All the albums in the Esslist list get regular play. However, some get more than others, and trying to trim those down to a mere 5 has left a few out that may have been on it if I was typing this yesterday….or tomorrow. Without further ado:

My favorites of the first half of 2007:

This is one if those albums. Honestly, I didn’t even put it on the Esslist when I originally posted about it, but I never stopped listening to it. Ever. Then my brother started listening to it in the cubicle next to me at work and it just kept occupying more and more of my music time. So finally, with no fanfare, I quietly added it to the Essential Listening list. Country Ghetto is so much better of an album than I initially gave it credit for. Of everything on this list, this will probably be the album I still listen to 5 years from now. It really is timeless like that.

JJ Grey and Mofro – Circles

Unlike the JJ Grey album, I knew I was in love with this album the moment the cd changer tried to switch to the next disc and I got my drunk ass up off the porch swing and walked inside to play it again. I opened my write-up about these guys with these two sentences:

Somewhere on the highway between Drag the River and Lucero, there is an exit with a dive bar. The Fox Hunt, out of Martinsburg, West Virginia, is that bar’s house band.

I still think those are the best two lines to have ever come from this little blog. At the same time, I have never thought my writeup did these guys justice. The album they put together really does only get better with time. Listening to them way too early in the morning a couple of weeks ago on my way to go fishing sealed the deal on these guys making this post. I do not care that they are just some unsigned band from Virginia who happened to put out a cd. It is better than 95% of the crap that Pitchfork is gonna bust wood over. That’s a fact. If these guys manage to buck the odds and stay together they are gonna be mainstays on your community radio station in a few years. Do yourself a favor and check these kids out. They gots mad skills.

The Fox Hunt – Change My Ways

On the way home from mountain biking over the weekend, I was telling the wife about this post and asking what she thought. I asked her what her choices would be, without thought she says, “Alela Diane and The Wells! I’ll have to think about it after that.” The Wells were already on my short list as well. The characters of this album and myself have spent many an evening and a bike ride together. I cannot wait for the next Wells album, but ’til it gets here, me and outcasts are like a familiar and well worn book.

The Wells – I had a Dream, Jess

At the risk of hyperbole, 10 Days Out is much greater than the sum of it’s parts. 10 Days will serve as documentation of some of the lesser known, but by no means lesser, blues musicians of the South. Some of the people featured on the cd/dvd release passed on before it was released, and more have moved on since. The object was to shine a spotlight on these people while there was still time, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, along with the legendary Double Trouble and producer Jerry Harrison, achieved their goal in spades. No overdubs, no high-tech fixing, “Live as it went down,” says Shepherd. “What happened is what you hear. We kept it as real as possible.” More history than mere album release, this is the most ‘important’ album released this year, in my opinion.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd w/Cootie Stark and Neal ‘Big Daddy’ Pattman – Prison Blues

Cootie Stark (1926-2005) – A blind street singer, he learned his stuff from Greenville, South Carolina, bluesmen Uncle Chump and Pink Anderson in the 1930’s. At 70 he rediscovered his unplugged genius and has headlined at festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe. His card catalog repertoire runs from soul classics to Piedmont blues songs like “Sandyland” and “Metal Bottoms.” Cootie Stark was one of the last authentic Piedmont blues guitarists/singers and provided a direct link to a South long gone.


Neal Pattman
(1926-2005) – Nobody made moonshine, worked a cakewalk, chopped wood or played a harmonica like Neal Pattman. Losing an arm in a wagon wheel at the age of nine didn’t slowed him at all. “66 years ago the Blues knocked on my door and they wouldn’t leave.” His testimony can be heard in a sound and a style his daddy taught him as a child in the country outside Athens, Georgia.

As I said before, “Two Cow Garage is a band I can root for. Three completely awesome guys who write completely awesome rock music and play it with everything in them, regardless of the size of the crowd behind the monitors, and if you can’t get behind that, then I dunno why you would even bother to read this site.” They may hate their name, but what a name they are making out of it. “Three” shows the band at their cow-punk/rock-and-freaking-roll best. Life on the road may have left them a little jaded, but not so cynical you need a white belt to listen to them. Three will be one of the best albums this year, regardless of what gets released in these remaining six months, and if you are so lucky to have them come to your town, they will also be one of the best rock shows you will get to see.

Two Cow Garage – Should’ve California

The album I most regret not being on this list:

I kept thinking that damned Gill Landry album has got to be on this list, then I could not find anything to bump, but at the same time, I could not accept leaving this list without a mention of Lawless Soirez. This album is beautiful on many layers. “Featuring a mixture of old country blues, jazz and songster music of the 20’s and 30’s, and Gill’s voice….and oh what a voice, makes this the perfect cd for a quiet night with a warm glass of whiskey and a little sweat.” One listen to the song Dixie and you should understand.

Gill Landry – Dixie

And there you go. Hopefully there is much awesomeness left to be found in the remaining six months. I’m gonna go find some to write about tomorrow.

Take care.

Introducing: The Wells


Well what do you know. Another week….another piece on a band from Ohio. There really must be something in the water up there. If I feature many more Ohio bands on here I think I’m gonna have to give Ohio it’s own category in wordpress.

Hailing from Columbus, The Wells are Robert Loss (vocals), Andy Gard (bass, vocals), Billy Heingartner (drums, vocals), Nick Mancini (guitar) and Lori Parsley (vocals). Formed as a trio in 2003, they produced the EP New Valley Death Blues in 2004, which was described by their local paper as “rustic Appalachian folk music and drawling country twang with a churning rock sensibility underneath.” In December of 2004 the trio began the recording sessions that would make up their sophomore effort, The Outcasts Will Make a Strong Nation.With Outcasts they seem to have turned down the Appalachian that was in the debut and turned up the rock. Now it would be best to revise their sound description to a loose rock and roll outfit with churning rock sensibility and a drawling country twang just under the surface stealing moments in the forefront when it can. Sheesh, that’s a mouthful. The songs on Outcasts are very well crafted both from a musical and lyrical standpoint. The principle songwriter in the band has an MFA in creative writing and puts it to excellent use in the 11 five minute segments that make up Outcasts and the soundtrack for these stories is equally well-crafted.

What really makes this album stand out is the characters in the songs. As it is noted in their one sheet; “they are shysters, little Huck Finns, farm maidens, murderers, sons and fathers, the dearly departed, drug dealers, spiritually confused, morally troubled, runners, stayers, lovers and thieves. Most of all, they are survivors.” See for yourself, all of the lyrics are published on the bands web site (always a god sign, IMO). Check out the samples here and pick the cd up for yourself. Personally, I am about to place an order for their debut cd.

The Wells – Knockdown Dragout
The Wells – I had a Dream, Jess
The Wells – Hard Way To Go

The Wells web site, Buy The Outcasts Will Make a Strong Nation from Miles of Music

The other night Robert Loss was kind enough to answer some questions for this piece. Personally I think this is the best interview I’ve put on the site to date, I hope you take the time to read it. It really proves that it is as mostly interviewee than interviewer that makes for a good piece:

9b.net: What is the meaning of the title of The Outcasts?

Robert: It’s from the Old Testament, Book of Micah. I’m not particularly wed to one religion, but I was sent to Sunday school, read the Bible. I remember first hearing that phrase at a non-denominational service for AIDS awareness week when I was about 20 and it stuck with me. The phrase can be interpreted various ways; I’m looking at it from the most humanistic point of view, I think: there’s always hope, and a dignity in surviving and persisting, and you find solace among the other outcasts. (At least that’s how it was for me in high school….) Once we were putting together the record, it seemed like all the characters in the songs were, in one way or another, outcasts…from their families, lovers, communities, or themselves. That’s when I wrote “I Had a Dream, Jesse,” which is probably closest to being a title track. I was trying to write a song to the title of the record, which we hadn’t even agreed on yet as a band, and it came out differently.

9b.net: I saw you had mentioned in a myspace blog entry that you have begun writing songs for the next cd. How is that progressing?

Robert: I’m always writing songs and we’re always working on them. By the time the record came out, we had maybe 7-8 other songs we were doing. Since then we’ve been focusing on learning more. We’re planning to record two of them for a summertime single – two that are a little different and probably won’t fit on the next record. We don’t have a strong idea of what the next record will be like, but we’re starting to make sense of all the chatter and static. Imagine a radio you can’t quite tune in, but the signal’s getting stronger. We’re going to keep taking chances. You can’t keep doing the same thing, even if not many people know what you’re doing.

9b.net: Your songs do a wonderful job of storytelling. Where does the inspiration for the characters such as Vera Lynn come from?

Robert: Very kind of you, thanks. I’m still trying to figure out where Vera Lynn came from, especially since I’d never heard of the torch singer of the same name. But I must have, maybe when I was a kid, my grandmother played her or something. All of this debris floats around in my head – maybe it’s the same for everyone – and sometimes it all floats together, like the junk that collects on the edge of a pier. I gravitate toward stories, always have tried to understand the world from a narrative point of view. A song like “Knockdown Dragout” is really about the gaps in the story, where someone knows, but they’re not telling. That interests me. The storytelling’s connected to the folk influence, too. And it’s just what other people say, too, a mix of other tunes, especially older ones, what you overhear, the news, all that. “I Shot Tom Joad” obviously connects to a novel, two songs, and some of our current political leaders; “Red Shirt Era” sort of came from Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory. And sometimes I have just a fragment of a lyric – the first two lines of “Knockdown Dragout” are a good example – and I have to figure out who’s talking and why.

9b.net: Any thoughts of ever bringing your show to the sunshine state?

Robert: Seeing as how it’s snowing here in Ohio as I write this, hell yes. We’re trying to get more out of town shows lined up. It’s tough. Any band who does it knows how hard it is. I did it very briefly as a solo act, sometimes with a friend of all of ours, Eric Nassau; that man tours a few months of the year on his own right now. You need courage, stamina, and low monetary expectations. Of the five of us in the band, two are freelancers, one works full-time 9 to 5, and two are involved in universities. So it’s a time thing, too. But to take your songs across the country…it’s the American Dream, isn’t it? So yeah, we want to come to Florida. We’ll happily play debutante balls, retirement homes, Epcot.

9b.net: Top 5 albums currently rocking your iPod/CD player?

Robert: In no particular order:

Abbatoir Blues Tour – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (It’s the double disc that comes with the new live DVD. The studio records are great; I think they’re what he’s been after these past couple years, that lean, almost elegant but still dirty sound.)

Jubilation! Great Gospel Performances, vol. 1

Secret South – Sixteen Horsepower (One that slipped past me earlier on. That man has an ungodly voice.)

Boys & Girls in America – The Hold Steady

And “Show Me What You Got” by Jay-Z, Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hours, Modern Times. Tom Waits’ Orphans (saw him live in Akron – it was stunning). Hobo’s Cookbook by Appalachian Death Ride, a great band from Athens, OH area.

9b.net: A lot of places describe The Wells as alt.country. How do you feel about wearing the alt.country label? Any fear of it pigeon holing you guys?

Robert: Like any label, it’s got limitations and benefits. It gets you in the ballpark, and most people who would be at all interested in alt.country already are looking for some different use of the country/folk thing. Anymore I don’t even know what the term means. The most recent Neko Case record reminds me of Joni Mitchell, except her voice. But that’s supposed to be alt.country? With the best bands, you can hear the label, but the songs transcend it. We just plow forward, you know, hands at ten and two, and try to do something different. But I laugh when I hear claims like “Alt.country or Americana or whatever is dead”. Bullshit. The people who say that aren’t listening, or they have too narrow an idea of what those words mean. That underbelly of folk and country and blues and the marriage of those to electricity, and other forms of music – none of that is going away. Maybe that neatly packaged idea is dead, but it was never really that simple to begin with.