Lee Bains + The Glory Fires
Since releasing their first album There Is a Bomb in Gilead in 2012, the road-worn Birmingham, Alabama band – singer and guitarist Lee Bains, bassist Adam Williamson, and drummer Blake Williamson – has built a reputation as being what NPR calls “punks revved up by the hot-damn hallelujah of Southern rock” who carry on “the Friday-night custom of burning down the house,” a raw live sound that they captured with Texas punk producer Tim Kerr on studio albums Dereconstructed (2014) and Youth Detention (2017) before recording a full-on live album at their favorite hometown dive, Live at the Nick (2019). Their work has come to be known, too, for Bains’s lyrics and their literate, incisive social commentary on the band’s beloved homeplace, leading him to publish poetry in the New Yorker and speak at universities from Mississippi to Sweden. Bains and the Williamson brothers can also be found collaborating with artists like Lonnie Holley and Swamp Dogg, lending their bombast to truck-bed protests of Donald Trump and Roy Moore, playing benefit shows for striking Alabama coal miners and Southern Black LGBTQ liberation organizations, and presenting gospel-music live streams for Birmingham and Atlanta food banks.
Loamlands is a distorted country music outfit based in Durham, North Carolina that places queer storytelling at the forefront. Their music intimately grapples with identity, gender and experiencing a queer existence in both modern-day and historical southern culture. It is a project build out of love of this geographic area and our queer and otherwise marginalized elders and peers. It is a reckoning. It is a desire to join other poets and artists in visible vulnerability and accountability. We are obsessed with growth, storytelling / creating, distortion and some bleep bloops. We home some of these stories connect with y’all and invite you into conversation with us and each other. We hope to reflect loudly, humbly and publicly on our collective and individual lived queer experience down here. And we hope you have fun w/ us. And think we’re cute.
Jeremy Ray & the Howdy Men