Lubbock Lights: The Maines Brothers Band – Bloodlines
In recognition of the Centennial of Texas Tech University and the 45th anniversary of the Lubbock Arts Festival, a musical celebration unlike any other is commencing in 2023. With a theme of “The Beat Goes On,” the Lubbock Arts Festival, April 14-16, 2023, is dedicated to musicians and the music they create. The Presidential Lecture & Performance Series is proud to present Lubbock Lights: The Maines Brothers Band – Bloodlines in conjunction with the Lubbock Arts Alliance.
The legendary Maines Brothers Band got its start in the mid-1950s with James and Sonny Maines, father and uncle of the Lloyd/ Donnie/ Kenny/Steve Maines combo that eventually formed the band. The younger group of brothers initially performed as “The Little Maines Brothers Band” before taking over the “Maines Brothers Band” moniker in the mid-1970s. The Maines family lived in and around Lubbock, Texas, and the band was based there. Several albums and tracks are named after the area, including “Hub City Moan” (1981 album and track) after Lubbock’s nickname, the “Hub City”; “Rt. 1 Acuff” (1980 album) after Acuff, Texas, and “Panhandle Dancer” (1982 album) after the Texas Panhandle. In the mid-1980s the band recorded for Mercury/Polygram records and scored a top-20 Country hit in 1985 with “Everybody Needs Love on Saturday Night”. The Maines Brothers Band performed a reunion set as an opening act for The Chicks (whose lead singer Natalie Maines is Lloyd Maines’s daughter) at Lubbock’s United Spirit Arena on August 6, 2000. They had a handful of exciting reunion concerts in Lubbock throughout the 2010s, but haven’t been seen together in the Hub City since 2019.