In the late night hours of Oct. 7, the Logan Fire Department (LFD) was alerted to a fire at B&B Loans on the corner of Stratton and Dingess streets in downtown Logan.
Local band, Let the Guilty Hang (LTGH), had been using the second story of the building that houses B&B Loans as a practice space.
Following the fire that destroyed much of their equipment, a series of benefit shows have been organized for the Logan County band.
The band consists of Adam Adkins, Derek Maynard, Tyler Lowe, Beevare Jeffrey and Daniel Johnson, and, during a recent interview with the Logan Banner, Johnson explained the group had been heartened by the response of other groups from throughout southern West Virginia.
The fire started in a trash can in the band’s practice area; however, Logan County Fire Marshal Chris Hatfield reportedly stated the fire appeared to be accidental.
No people were in the building at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.
Firefighters from the LFD were reportedly able to extinguish the flames quickly and the building did not suffer serious damage.
However, the various guitars, drums, cables, microphones and recording devices used by the band were heavily damaged or altogether destroyed.
On Oct. 30, a benefit show featuring Jeff Ellis and 40 Days, Tim Browning and Tyler Childers will be played at the Black Sheep Burrito and Brew on Hal Greer Boulevard in downtown Huntington.
A show featuring El Dorado, The Horse Traders and the Kayla and Jeremy Experience will be staged at the 26th Street Drinkery in Huntington on Nov. 4.
The V Club in Huntington on Sixth Avenue in Huntington will host a Zero Dark Thirty, Scroungehound, Fever War, Medicine Man, Shenanagram, Down in Round Three and Set to Fall for a benefit show Nov. 6.
Johnson explained the band feels they are, “forever indebted,” to the groups who have come together to help them recover their instruments and equipment. “We cannot thank them enough,” added Johnson.
On Nov. 21, LTGH and a host of other local bands will stage a benefit concert at the Hot Cup in downtown Logan.
The band is also raising funds through a Go Fund Me page under the name “Our Rock & Roll Nightmare.”
Despite the fire and the flurry of ensuing activity rebuilding their band, the group is showing no sign of surrender.
The band plans to release a new record soon. The album will be called, “In Tongues,” and the single “Disciples” will soon be available.
Anyone interested in LTGH can connect with them on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lettheguiltyhang.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]