AUSTIN LUCAS, LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES

AUSTIN LUCAS

Following his successful run on the 2008 Revival Tour alongside Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Ben Nichols (Lucero), and Tim Barry (Avail), and his Billboard charting Somebody Loves You LP(2009), Austin Lucas is proud to release his fourth album, A New Home In The Old World (2011), his recording debut for Last Chance Records. Raised in the backwoods country of Monroe County, Indiana, Austin was born into a folk and bluegrass lineage. Building on the instrumental palate of banjo, fiddle, upright bass, and pedal steel, A New Home In The Old World ratchets the sound up to the next level, adding texture with a Hammond B3 organ, the brassy flourishes of a trumpet, and electric guitar. A New Home In The Old World features studio accompaniment from a rotating cast of friends and family, including members of alt-country heavy-hitters Lucero and Magnolia Electric Co., and no less than four members of the Lucas clan. The songs themselves are the most diverse Lucas has offered to date, pushing past the confines of singer-songwriter genre convention. Singing with the conviction of a preacher bereft of his faith, Lucas accordingly tackles recurrent themes of the soul, sin as personal purgatory, and the possibility of finding redemption in this life. While Lucas came of age in the basements of DIY punk and hardcore, his solo musical output is less reminiscent of the gravel-throated whiskey-drinking punk troubadours. Rivaling the projection of Neko Case, the hushed cadences of Sam Beam (Iron And Wine), and the heartache of Gillian Welch, this is Lucas' richest work to date, placing him in the company of the strongest voices in contemporary Americana.

LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES

The title of LEE BAINS III AND THE GLORY FIRES' debut album comes from Bains mishearing an old hymn as a child. In the soft accents of his elders around Birmingham, Alabama, "There is a balm in Gilead" sounded a lot like "There is a bomb." It fits, really. The Glory Fires learned to construct music in the churches of their childhoods, and learned to destroy it in the punk clubs of their youths.

As much Wilson Pickett as Fugazi, as much the Stooges as the Allman Brothers, Birmingham, Alabama's Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires have brought radical rock'n'roll to bear on their own experience and their own place. On 'THERE IS A BOMB IN GILEAD,' they deconstruct the music of the Deep South, strip it down and reassemble it, to make a righteous ruckus that sits at the vanguard of the vernacular.

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AUSTIN LUCAS, LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES

Monday, October 7 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Rhythm Room