Music, City Picks

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires w/Josh Roberts and The Hinges

When: Thu., Sept. 6, 9 p.m. 2012

Listening to the debut record from Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, There is a Bomb in Gilead, you may be shocked to learn that Bains himself was a choir boy. And we're not talking about a figurative choir boy, here. We're talking a guy who regularly sang "Amazing Grace," "Holy Holy Holy," and the rest. For the Alabama native Bains, church and music were inseparable. And rightfully so. His grandmother was a choir director for 70 years, while his grandfather taught him that singing in church was just as much about putting on a performance as it was about singing the praises of the Almighty. "My granddaddy talked a lot about connecting to other people. You weren't singing for yourself. You were trying to give something to someone else," Bains says. And give he does. Lee Bains III and the Glory Fire's There is a Bomb in Gilead is a scorcher that mixes outlaw country, booze-soaked blues rock, and ample doses of Americana. A word of warning: Bains and company like to play loud. They want people to feel the music in their bones, much in the same way that the singer used to feel the choir music years and years ago. "Sometimes we'll play and we'll see people covering their ears," Bains says. "I know that for me I like that feeling."

Chris Haire

Price: $8/adv., $10/door

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