Alabama rockers The Vegabonds roll into Rick’s

• See ’em live

Who: The Vegabonds

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Rick’s Cafe, Starkville

Info: Rick’s Cafe website, The Vegabonds website


STARKVILLE – The Vegabonds is a band living up to its name.

After forming in early 2009, the Auburn, Ala.-based band went on the road.

“We played over 100 shows in our first year, so we’re doing something right,” said the band’s guitarist Alex Cannon.

The band then went into the studio to record its first full-length album, “Dear Revolution.” Only about two years later, The Vegabonds have a second CD recorded, and hundreds of more shows under its belt. Cannon and bandmates Daniel Allen, Bryan Harris, Paul Bruens, Jamie Hallen and Richard Forehand love playing their style of music, which they call “the new Southern rock.”

“Our goal is to play as much as absolutely possible,” he said. “We wanna play as much as 200 (shows) a year. We are road warriors.”

The band’s current tour includes a stop in Starkville this weekend.

Influences for the band’s sound range from My Morning Jacket and Kings of Leon to the Stones and the Allman Brothers.

“We try not to limit ourselves,” Cannon said. The band isn’t chasing a sound as much as it is following it.

“We know each other so well, so we know what we’re gonna do,” he said. “Song writing comes easy.”

So does playing live.

Cannon describes a Vegabonds’ live show as “energy. Energy, energy, energy. We’re not into talking that much. It’s about the music. If we’re playing a two and a half hour show, we’re playing two hours and 15 minutes of music.”

The Vegabonds’ second record, “Southern Sons,” will probably be released in early 2012.

“It’s way more diverse, as far as our sound. We kind found (our sound) and branched out of that. It’s definitely a more mature sound, that’s for sure,” he said.

Til it’s released, fans can enjoy The Vegabonds live and in person.

“We’re constantly touring, and then after January we’ll be doing a nonstop spring tour,” Cannon said. “And we’ll be playing Starkville again.”

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