THE BLACK LILLIES
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Born in the rumbling cab of a stone truck and aged in the oak of Tennessee’s
smoky night haunts, The Black Lillies have quickly risen to the forefront of the
Americana scene. Founded by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Cruz Contreras
(co-founder of Robinella and the CCstringband), The Black Lillies have created
their own unique brand of country, roots, rock and blues via Appalachia. The
group, formed in 2008, also includes electric guitar and pedal steel whiz Tom
Pryor and drummer Jamie Cook, both formerly of the everybodyfields, bassist
Robert Richards, and vocalist Trisha Gene Brady.
In April 2009, The Black Lillies released Whiskey Angel, their debut recording,
which was recorded live in Cruz’s living room. The album received rave reviews
and appeared on multiple “Best of 2009″ lists across the country, winning the
Independent Music Award for Best Album, Americana.
The band’s current album, 100 Miles of Wreckage, has so far spent more than
five months on the Americana radio Top 40 charts – four of them in the top 20 –
once again proving that a band with this much spirit can break through traditional
industry boundaries to achieve success without the constraints of a major label.
Highlights have included stops at festivals including Bonnaroo Music + Arts,
Pickathon, CMA Festival & Fan Fair, Americana Music Festival, Four Corners
Folk Festival and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion; appearances on National
Public Radio’s Mountain Stage, four separate PBS concert specials, and in June
2011, the band’s debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
The Black Lillies continue to tour non-stop, and without a doubt, they’ll soon be
appearing in a town near you. That’s a relative term, of course, but trust us on
this – they’re worth the drive, however far it is, because you’ll leave feeling like
you’ve witnessed an old-fashion Southern tent revival. These songs will haunt
your thoughts long after the curtain closes, rattling through your head like a
crooked screen door slaps against its frame when a storm is coming.