When: Sat., Jan. 3, 9 p.m. 2015
THE LEE BOYS
SOUTHLAND BALLROOM, RALEIGH | SATURDAY, JAN. 3
Familial sextet The Lee Boys consists of three brothers and their three nephews, all of whom learned the Sacred Steel gospel tradition at the House of God church in Perrine, Florida. The Lee family patriarch served as pastor and steel guitarist, so his kids learned the language, too. While others—most famously, Robert Randolph and The Family Band—have taken Sacred Steel toward the mainstream by playing secular songs, The Lee Boys cling to their gospel roots while delivering high-energy hybrids of bluesy riffs, soulful singing and heavy rhythms. Their broad appeal lures in the devout and agnostic alike. To wit, the group has become a festival-circuit mainstay and buddied up with bands of many backgrounds and styles, including a collaborative EP recorded with bluegrass stars The Travelin' McCourys.
9 p.m., $10–$13, 614 N. West St., 919-821-0023, www.southlandballroom.com. —Spencer Griffith