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The Alabama band made Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Albums of 2022

Along with Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles, you’ll find a slice of Alabama in Rolling Stone’s “100 Best Albums of 2022.”

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires’ latest album, Old-Time Folks, landed at #77 on the list, between Giveon’s “Give or Take” (#78) and Latto’s “777” (#76).

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“Beyoncé’s dance-music ecstasy, Bad Bunny’s latest world-conquering hit, Taylor Swift’s Late Nights, Harry Styles’ song cycle, and Pusha T’s masterclass in metaphor were just a few of the albums that ruled our world this year,” the story’s subtitle -Head reads . The list spans all sorts of artists and categories, including, yes, southern rock. But as his devoted fans know, Bains’ brand of southern rock both honors and subverts the genre, and the new album takes the band to a new level.

“When Atlanta-via-Alabama punk singer-songwriter Lee Bains set out to make his fourth album, he wanted to make it his most accessible collection yet: more sing-along choruses, slower than his typical breakneck tempo, stirring melodies, that, as time went on, invoked Bob Seger more than Fugazi,” wrote Rolling Stone’s Jonathan Bernstein.

Bernstein called the album Bains “the richest and deepest set of history-meets-present story songs of Bains’ career,” citing tunes like “Rednecks” and the title track. “This far-reaching vision of the Southern Resistance is a career high for a songwriter who continues to tell the intricate, long-underappreciated stories of his homeland.”

Read Rolling Stone’s full list of the 100 Best Albums of 2022.

Bains and his Glory Fires bandmates Adam Williamson (bass) and Blake Williamson (drums) reunited for a series of gigs they’ve sorely missed during the pandemic. For more than a decade, the trio (now based in Atlanta) played at least 100 live shows a year, more than doubling in some years. During their spring 2020 tour, they drove about halfway to their next gig in Tulsa before stopping to “freak out a bit” and cancel the tour for good.

They hunkered down and used times of isolation to think more about their new album, Old-Time Folks – spearheaded by the single “God’s A-Working, Man,” which was released during multiple sessions in Athens, Georgia between Recorded in 2019 -2021.

Rolling Stone wrote of the new record when it was released: “In songs like ‘Gentleman’, ‘Rednecks’ and ‘Old Friends’ he uses rooty ballads to address typically weighty issues: gentrification, right-wing social media conspiracy theories and class consciousness.”

Bains announced in October that he had to cancel some solo shows after suffering “a significant injury” and thanked friends and fans for their support during what he described as a “tough time to be in music”.

But he’s since posted video links to live shows, including a performance in Philadelphia and the band’s appearance on the popular YouTube series Jam in the Van.

The band also posted a link to the Rolling Stone track on social media, thanking the site for the shoutout. “Thanks to Rolling Stone and Jonathan Bernstein for including Old-Time Folks in this list of the best albums of 2022,” read a Facebook post.

Stream the entire album below:

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