Lee Bains + The Glory Fires w/ Lonnie Holley (Feat. Mourning [A] BLKstar, Lee Bains), Loamlands

@ Sleeping Village

Friday, August 19 ~~ 8PM

Lee Bains + The Glory Fires
w/ Lonnie Holley (Feat. Mourning [A] BLKstar, Lee Bains), Loamlands
at Sleeping Village
Fri, Aug 19 | Doors 8PM | Show 9PM
$16 ADV | $18 DOS

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).
In an age characterized by individualism, and at a time when the past seems to be the sole domain of the status quo, Old-Time Folks illustrates the deep, thick, tangled roots of liberation, collectivism, mutuality and solidarity in the Deep South, and where they are flowering and bringing forth fruit today.

Since 1979, Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music were born out of struggle and hardship, but perhaps more importantly, out of furious curiosity and necessity to create. That drive has manifested in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, filmmaking, and music. Holley’s sculptures continue the improvisational African American tradition of using found materials. His work is now in the collections of major museums throughout the country, on permanent display in the United Nations, and have been presented in the White House Rose Garden.
Holley did not start making and performing music in a studio, nor does his creative process mirror that of the typical musician. His music and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert, and recording. From his earliest days as an artist, Holley would construct and deconstruct his visual works, repurposing elements for new pieces. This fluidity creates composite images that have depth and purpose beyond the original meanings of the works. The layers of sound in Holley’s music, likewise, are the result of decades of evolving experimentation. He has released 5 critically acclaimed albums, including MITH (2018), which The New Yorker named one of the best albums of the decade.

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.

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