Concert preview: Lee Bains & the Glory Fires pay tribute to the South, land with Sub Pop

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From the January 30, 2014 edition

The Alabama crew celebrates its Southern roots on its 2012 debut, There’s a Bomb in Gilead, a rough-and-tumble effort that joyously smears together blues, Southern rock, soul and country. Bains, who grew up in the church, has long spoken about the inner-conflict between rock and religion, and that tug-of-war serves as an ongoing source of inspiration for the band (even its name is a bastardization of the term “glorifiers”). Witness the ragged, piano driven title-track, where Bains croons like a gospel preacher atop a musical backdrop that evokes memories of The Band at its most rickety.

Clearly people are catching on. In early January Lee Bains and Co. announced they had signed a deal with taste-making record label Sub Pop.

Turf War and The Easy Pieces open the show.

Photo courtesy of Lee Bains III And The Glory Fires