Exclusive Interview: Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires
by Chuck Norton
My interview with Lee Bains III of Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires is one of the most interesting, insightful, laugh-out-loud interviews I’ve done. And because it’s a little long, I’m going to try to keep this introduction as short as I can. I don’t want to lose you before you get to the good stuff.
Here’s the skinny on Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires:
They are from one of the most music-rich areas of the country: Alabama. It is an area that might prove to have as many break-through artists in 2012 as anywhere this side of New York. Really. Alabama.
Specifically, the band is from Birmingham. Bains III, who returned to the state after going to school in New York, joined legendary Tuscaloosa band, the Dexateens in 2008. After playing with the band for several years, they called it quits, and Bains III played as a solo artist before deciding to look for a band. Pulling from the region’s talent, he recruited Blake Williamson (Black Willis, Taylor Hollingsworth, Dan Sartain), Justin Colburn (Model Citizen, Arkadelphia) and Matt Wurtele to form the Glory Fires.
The band’s combination of rock, punk, soul and country is typical of the sound that comes out of the Quad Cities, an area in North Alabama rich with musical talent going back to the 1960′s – and home of one of the fasting rising bands in music, the Alabama Shakes.