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The Bondsmen in 1968. The onetime hometown band hasn’t played in Durham in 45 years, but they’re back together for a series of reunion shows that bring them to Motorco Music Hall Sunday.
The Bondsmen in 1968. The onetime hometown band hasn’t played in Durham in 45 years, but they’re back together for a series of reunion shows that bring them to Motorco Music Hall Sunday. Courtesy of the Bondsmen

This time of year is supposed to be about coming together and renewing ties with long-sundered acquaintances. So what could be more seasonally appropriate than a onetime hometown band playing its first show in Durham in…45 years?! That would be The Bondsmen, a ’60s-vintage garage band from Durham whose drummer Phil Pearson went on to achieve Americana infamy as That Heartless Wretch Phil Lee. As for Pearson/Lee’s old band, The Bondsmen left behind enough of a recorded legacy to get prime placement on the “Tobacco A Go-Go Volume One” garage-rock compilation; but they hadn’t actually played together in decades, until a series of reunion shows this year.

After playing Charlotte back in June, the reconvened Bondsmen will be at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall Sunday for their first Bull City performance since 1970. Showtime is 7 p.m. and Thee Dirtybeats open. Tickets are $10. See motorcomusic.com for details.

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