WANT TO GO?
The Kenneth Brian Band
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St.
"My dad was born in Beckley," said the Decatur, Ala.-based singer and guitarist. "I have family all over West Virginia, from Huntington all the way up to West Liberty -- the whole state pretty much.
"My great grandfather came out of north Georgia to work in the coal mines. My family has a huge coal mining history on both sides."
He also has guitarist Travis Stephens, who is a Belle native. The pair and the rest of the Kenneth Brian Band -- drummer Richard Pryor and bassist Frank Rische -- come to Charleston Saturday for an all-ages show at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Center Theater. (Stephens will also perform some material from his upcoming, as-yet-untitled album).
The outlaw country players are no strangers to Charleston, but the Capitol Center Theater is a new venue for them.
"We usually played the Empty Glass. The last three or four times we filled it, so we figured we'd bump it up a notch," said Brian.
They'll still head to the Glass after the show, though. An after-party starts there at 10 p.m., featuring Americana trio Underhill Rose.
With all its West Virginia connections, the Kenneth Brian Band is a frequent Mountain State visitor. Earlier this month, it played shows in Morgantown, Clarksburg and Beckley. The guys also stopped in Charleston for a day to rehearse at the theater.
"It sounded so good," he said happily.
"Those old buildings are kind of like old houses," he explained. "Like my grandmother's house, it was built in 1810, and it doesn't need an AC even out in the middle of Alabama. [In the theater], you can go in there [without a microphone] except vocals, and everything sounds great. Other places are not like that."
The band has played plenty of those other places. It's been touring relentlessly in support of its debut album, "Welcome to Alabama," which was released last October. Brian estimates they'll tour for another six months, including some gigs overseas.
"We did really well in Europe. We were No. 2 on the Americana charts for a good while," he said. "We're going to go over there and do a bunch of festivals, probably around the first of the year.