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Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires to set Boone ablaze

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Article Published: Sep. 19, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 27, 2013
Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires to set Boone ablaze

Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires will perform Sept. 26 in Boone.

Photo by Barry Brecheisen

Boone Saloon will be loud and rowdy when scrappy Alabama rock act Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires brings its “trashed-out liberation gospel” to Boone Sept. 26.

“This is our first time playing in Boone, but I’ve been there a few times,” said group front man Lee Bains. “Every time I go, I either wind up playing heated Rook games with my girlfriend’s family or hanging out in a barn with a guy named Cowboy Keith. So, it’s pretty awesome.”

The Southern-fueled group draws most of its influences from such rock legends as The Stooges and James Brown, as well as The Replacements, Flannery O’Connor and Black Oak Arkansas.

Bains said the group’s formation and namesake came from a notebook of newly written songs in need of the right melody and partly from Southern tradition.

“A band that I was in, The Dexateens, had quit playing shows, and I’d written a bunch of songs, so I got some guys from Birmingham together,” Bains said. “A buddy told me that his grandma had told him that a glory-fire was what they would have before revivals when she was growing up. They would take all of their stuff that they saw as a hindrance to revival and throw it in a big (burn) pile.”

When it comes to writing music, Bains said he draws from a large source of inspiration that runs the gamut from personal experiences to greater societal and political conversations enveloping the nation.

“You know, the usual rock ’n’ roll stuff: driving around, being young and shiftless,” Bains said, “wanting to radicalize the government, wanting to hang out with your girlfriend, being older and shiftless, existential crisis and stuff like that.”

Performing live and energizing audiences is almost cathartic, he said, adding, “The absolute physical, emotional emptiness and exhaustion and the ringing of guitar feedback in my head — my cousin told me it’s called ebullition.”

The music starts around 10 p.m. Sept. 26 at Boone Saloon, located at 489 W. King St. in downtown Boone. Cover costs $5, and only those 21 and older will be admitted.

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