The Kenneth Brian Band

As the title suggests, the debut album from The Kenneth Brian Band, Welcome to Alabama, is an introduction to the New South, by way of a relentless attack of tracks featuring masterful song-crafting, blistering guitar work, spot-on harmonies, and a take-no-prisoners-rhythm section, all tied together by Brian’s honest voice and unapologetically straight-forward point of view.

While dark times have seen the Southern farms and small businesses of old paved over and toppled by the ever-increasing growth of suburban sprawl, Welcome To Alabama shines like a beacon for those who fear that Southern culture is all but lost; and moreover, proves that it isn’t lost at all.

Welcome to Alabama was produced by Johnny Sandlin, the acclaimed producer who’s worked with The Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman, Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Bramlett, Widespread Panic, Delbert McClinton and Wet Willie, among many others. Special guests on the album include legendary singer Bonnie Bramlett, guitarist Jason Isbell (Drive-by Truckers), keyboardist Randall Bramblett (Sea Level, Cowboy, Steve Winwood), bassist Charlie Hayward (The Charlie Daniels Band), guitarist James Pennebaker (Delbert McClinton) and iconic Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section bassist David Hood.

The Kenneth Brian Band’s smokin’ brand of outlaw country music meets Southern Rock is led by the powerful vocals and incendiary lead guitar of Kenneth Brian. The rest of the band includes Travis Stephens on rhythm guitar and harmony vocals, Dickey Pryor on drums and Frank Rische on bass.

Nine of the ten tracks on Welcome to Alabama are originals written by Kenneth Brian. The lone cover is “Ain’t Nothin’ You Can Do,” written by Dickey Betts and originally recorded on the Dickey Betts and Great Southern album in 1977. Brian’s version features a rousing vocal duet with Bonnie Bramlett. In addition to the kickin’ title track, some of the album’s other many highlights include the ballsy, hard-core rocking opening track, “Something Better;” the crowd-pleasing Lone Star State anthem, “Texas by Tonight;” the tender barroom ballad, “Last Call;” the rumbling “Tonight We Ride;” and the powerfully-moving “Prayer for Love” (featuring Jason Isbell on slide guitar).

With its first album, The Kenneth Brian Band has created a Southern Rock tour-de-force that, like its title’s namesake, is both progressive and steeped in tradition. Welcome To Alabama.

Dorian Tajbakhsh, better known as Dorian Taj, is a guitarist and singer/songwriter from Chicago, IL. He made his first records with the hardcore punk band Articles of Faith, whom he joined just prior to the recording of their first album, "Give Thanks" produced
by Bob Mould. Afterwards, he played in the local noise band, End Result, appearing on their lone release, a 12" EP called "Ward" on Steve Albini’s Ruthless label. He later formed a rock band called "Wait For Light". After living in Los Angeles for a time,
he returned to Chicago to record their debut record on Tow records at Phil Bonnet’s Solid Sound studio. After a European tour and playing around Chicago, Wait For Light disbanded. He eventually started performing with a band under his own name, releasing
the Puppet Record, The Tobacco Record , and The Hating Game.

Benton Harbor Lunchbox

Benton Harbor Lunchbox is a five-piece group from Chicago that meld vintage rock ‘n’ roll, swamp, pop, and roots rock into an eclectic, ever-changing, and always electrifying homage to great specter of American Music.

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Friday, July 19 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Double Door