The Nine Volts

The Nine Volts

 Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
BandAmericanaAlternative

Florida roots rockers the Nine Volts have tapped into their Appalachian and Southern backgrounds to craft a debut EP of raw and beautiful Americana that hearkens back to the purity of alt-country’s beginnings. Ranging from country- and bluegrass-inspired ballads to rousing, mountain music rockers.

Biography

Florida roots rockers the Nine Volts have tapped into their Appalachian and Southern backgrounds to craft a debut EP of raw and beautiful Americana that hearkens back to the purity of alt-country’s beginnings. Ranging from country- and bluegrass-inspired ballads to rousing, mountain music rockers, the songs bring to mind early Son Volt, the Drive-By Truckers, and the melodic, tender side of classic Allman Brothers. With lyrics that illuminate themes of Romantic reflection, regret and redemption, and the real-life mythology of the South, singer/songwriter Conrad Wilson at times evokes the matter-of-fact, mournful soul of Townes Van Zandt and the optimistic, wide-eyed wonder of Gram Parsons.

Born in the South Carolina Upcountry in the foothills of the Appalachians, Conrad Wilson was exposed to country, bluegrass, and gospel music at an early age. He learned how to play guitar from the son of a bluegrass musician and later taught himself how to color his songs with mandolin, lap steel, and banjo.

After moving to Florida, Wilson forged a vital musical partnership with James Mitchell, the Nine Volts’ other core member. The two of them soon became important figures in Central Florida’s burgeoning independent music scene and took significant roles in some of the area’s leading bands, such as Lopez Jar and Red Soda. From their common love of indie-rock grew a common appreciation for Americana and roots music. The two soon came to the logical and heartfelt conclusion that they should start a band with a roots rock/Americana approach and thus was born the Nine Volts. Mitchell shares guitar duties with Wilson and helps bring the songs to life with his complementary style and inventive leads.

In addition to their inspired work in the studio, the Nine Volts have also honed their craft on stage in their successful live performances throughout Florida, garnering them glowing reviews from the local press.

Lyrics

Broken Chains

Written By: C. Wilson

shadow lay long tethered to the sun voices calling children home its your favorite fading ghost providing words for prayers to save our souls callused by years wrought with doubt and shame forgotten summers belly laughs and childhood autumn days that furnish fuel for fires to warm our bones on fields of gray coltish memory will play no words to say just a smile upon your face forgiveness in our hands when fear was just a game our worries broken chains shadow lay long tethered to the sun voices calling children home its your favorite fading ghost providing words for prayers to save our souls

B. Jolene

Written By: C. Wilson


she was the daughter of the preacher with a smile and voice like gold could melt the snow prettiest girl around these parts and word of mouth let everybody know well the town's collective conscience could decidedly agree she was bound for the movies or at least be on tv betty Jolene the appalachian queen chasing dreams she's wild and free everybody saying jolene stay for me a looker and a tomboy could cuss and spit and make a grown man cry the envy of her enemies she's easily the apple of my eye well i would ask her to marry if it weren't for these cold feet she's a thousand miles away friends with david gordon green betty Jolene the appalachian queen chasing dreams she's wild and free everybody saying jolene stay for me
they say the preacher was tested when her mother passed away she was blessed with her good looks due to her daddy's constant faith filled the pews with young men each and every sabbath day and it broke the preacher's heart when she finally moved away betty Jolene the appalachian queen chasing dreams she's wild and free everybody wants to be wants to b. jolene

Mountain Gin

Written By: C. Wilson


at the top of carolina in the appalache valley where the tyger drives the mill you can listen to the mandolins and guitars playing as the sun melts into the hills a hard day's work and we kick up our feet and share the same old stories again drunk on loving foothill living and drinking mountain gin cotton still flows through this textile county and i guess it always will just like my family will always work maintenance on the boilers at the mill my daddy was proud of an honest day's work but considered my rambling a sin i was always fonder of blue ridge women and drinking mountain gin that mountain gin will be the death of me but oh what a death with a belly full of gin and carolina under my feet listen to the mandolins and guitars playing as my bones melt into the hills a life of loving foothill living and drinking mountain gin

River

Written By: C. Wilson


mamma many moments i have sinned i know if you could have your way i would not be the way i've been river keep on rolling down this hill bound to carry me somewhere glory faraway from here mamma i'll be with you once again walking down those golden streets me you and jesus hand in hand river keep on rolling down this hill bound to carry me somewhere glory faraway from here

All From Here

Written By: C. Wilson


look across the great divide people search and people find that down in the valley of driven desire everyone clamors for a special way to make it through any given day you can watch the wounded parade crossing the gap of opinion a tagline on the spiritual heel/heal of religion paying bills exhausted refuse of making a living finding where you don't want to be amongst the steeples steam and bridges and you can see it all from here. hymns hopelessly encouraging the dust to settle on the edges of the days as they pass away only to rise from ashes colder but lighter than before we stagger backwards dramatically from our beginnings the dark and quivering fool hearted plight we burn the bridge in the rearview and leave it in an eyelid memory the harbinger has spoken and forever is starting now as i fall back into key lay it down like simple needs pull the cards from my chest and lay them down like a book a chapter unfolds and the book will never read the same and you can see it all from here.

Discography

The Nine Volts debut EP
(this EP is receiving national radio airplay)
available @ CDbaby, iTunes, Digstation.com, Indie-music.com., eMusic, Rhapsody, and many other online retailers.

Set List

We normally play 45 minute sets but have play 90 minute sets also. We are always adding to our catalog though.

ORIGINALS:
-blurring the focus
-broken chains
-evacuate soul
-b. jolene
-wounded parade
-mountain gin
-tube driven medicine
-carolina soon
-river
-box truck blues
-straintulose
-rockhill gurl
-down the line
-so damn pretty

COVERS
-blue canoe (blue mountain)
-chicago promenade ( jason isbell)
-lone pine hill (justin townes earle)
-redbird ( jim lauderdale/ ralph stanley)
-choked up (whiskeytown)
-judy (hamel on trial)
-rex's blues (townes van zandt)
-steal the crumbs (uncle tupelo)