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Lee Bains III And The Glory Fires learned to construct music in the churches of their childhoods, then learned to destroy it in the punk clubs of their subsequent youths. With strong influences running the gamut from country and roots to punk and power pop, this distinctly Southern, soulful, inspired music is a force to be reckoned with. Pulled together by Bains as he returned to his home of Birmingham after a stint in Tuscaloosa institution the Dexateens, The Glory Fires match the passionate frontman with intense urgency and musical prowess. Their debut album (and titular single, featured here), was inspired by the mishearing of a line from an old hymn – as “There is a balm in Gilead,” became a bomb, ready to blow up any minute.
It’s the first week of 2012, and what better time to focus on nutrition? And not just dietary – nutrition in every area of our lives. On today’s Sew & Tell, we’ll hear from someone who’s helping to keep the fashion industry healthy through an exciting new website. Benita Singh, along with Summer Rayne Oakes and Elizabeth Cloyd, recently launched Source4Style, an online marketplace for sustainable textiles that serves both suppliers and designers. Source4Style is also an incredible educational resource, and on today’s show, Benita shares some about the company, the fabrics they currently offer, the future of sustainable textiles, and some exciting new design initiatives that exhibit the changing face of global fashion. Plus, I have a very “cool” playlist today, dedicated to winter. You’ll hear tracks from The Loom, Wintersleep, The Subjects, Say Hi, The Bees, and even a song featuring guest vocals by Feist. An action-packed show gets your year off to a great start, here on BTR!

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