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The Black Lillies

A country act that fuses classic sounds with contemporary energy and attitude, the Black Lillies were formed in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2009 by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Cruz Contreras, a former member of Robinella & the CC Stringband. Joining Contreras in the lineup were guitarist and pedal steel player Tom Pryor (formerly of the Everybodyfields), drummer and percussionist Jamie Cook (also of the Everybodyfields), bassist Robert Richards, and vocalist Trisha Gene Brady. The band, featuring a fresh blend of bluegrass, jazz, rock, country, and blues, with just a touch of string band Appalachia, began recording a debut album project in Contreras' home studio (which doubled as his living room) shortly after he parted ways with Robinella, with help from Leah Gardner on backing vocals, Billy Contreras on fiddle, and Taylor Coker on bass. The resulting album, Whiskey Angel, was independently released by the band in the spring of 2009 and quickly garnered positive critical attention, regular play on American stations, and a management and booking deal. The Black Lillies began touring steadily in support, and appeared at major music festivals, including Bonnaroo and Pickathon. In 2010, the Black Lillies announced they were at work on their second album, to be financed through a crowd-sourcing campaign; the response from fans was positive, and 100 Miles of Wreckage was released in the spring of 2011, once again to enthusiastic reviews and good sales. The Black Lillies' third album, Runaway Freeway Blues, released in March 2013, was another critical and commercial success; shortly after it was released, it was announced that drummer Jamie Cook was leaving the group, and Bowman Townsend, who had been touring with the group while Cook dealt with family matters, was their new full-time drummer. After plenty more touring and enthusiastic press, Cruz Contreras was writing material for the band's fourth album in early 2015 when he got the news that longtime collaborators Tom Pryor and Robert Richards had decided to leave the band. When the group rolled into the studio to begin recording, the Black Lillies brought along guest musicians Matt Smith on pedal steel guitar, Daniel Donato on six-string guitar, and Bill Reynolds (of Band of Horses) on bass. The album, Hard to Please, was released in October 2015, and when the Black Lillies returned to the road in support, Contreras, Brady, and Townsend were joined by three new recruits -- guitarist Mike Seal, pedal steel man Jonathan Keeney, and bassist Sam Quinn. ~ Steve Leggett & Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Runaway Freeway Blues

1. The Fall

2. Gold And Roses

3. Ramblin' Boy

4. Goodbye Charlie

5. Smokestack Lady

6. Catherine

7. Ruby

8. By The Wayside

9. All This Living

10. Baby Doe

11. Glow

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Track List: 100 Miles Of Wreckage

1. Two Hearts Down

2. The Arrow

3. Same Mistakes

4. Three In The Morning

5. Nobody's Business

6. Shepherd's Song

7. Peach Pickin'

8. Soul Of Man

9. Tall Trees

10. Ain't My Fault

11. Go To Sleep

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Track List: Hard To Please

1. Hard To Please

2. That's The Way It Goes Down

3. Mercy

4. The First Time

5. Bound To Roam

6. Dancin'

7. Desire

8. 40 Days

9. Broken Shore

10. Fade

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Track List: The First Time (Single)

1. The First Time

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Saw them in Lincoln Ne. Awesome show. Awesome people.
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Phenomenal!! ! Saw them at Knuckleheads in Kansas City this past weekend for the first time and was blown away...Bound to Roam is my new favorite song!!
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hribernik.m
Great show this past weekend in Norfolk, CT... beautiful little hall with great acoustics, small Sunday night crowd and the Lillies brought it strong. Will be back next year for sure.
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Awesome show in Racine Wisconsin. ......the Black Lillies are my new favorite band........ D o g h o u s e Flowers opened for them and were awesome as well. Looking for their songs on Pandora
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smshaw912
GREAT show in Cleveland! Can't wait to see them again.
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I love The Black Lillies! I met them at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion 3 years ago. I bought an album from the Merch Store at The Festival. I bought it because I liked the Tree Art on the cover. I didn't know any of their songs. It was Whiskey Angel! Their first. Since then they have 2 more and working on a new album. They are different than any other band I have heard. Cruz is a great song writer. I feel like with each album they have grown a lot and they keep getting better!
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marypom.clai b o r n e
LOVE the Lillies! I've watched them from the beginning and they just get better and better. All so talented!
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Just saw these guys in sacramento and chico. They were great, their personalitie s and music prove who they are
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tomkat450sl
Just saw them at Grand Ole Opry. Great band. Love Trisha's -voice also.
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tshiro
I love Trisha Gene Brady's voice. Does she do any music independentl y ? I'd like to hear more of just her.
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This song gives me hope, brings back sad memories kind of... Stand proud!!
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slateg1
So Excited! New album to be released in March 2013!!!
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cahillbilly
This is truly an awesome band!
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marypom
LOVE the LILLIES! So glad they are in your rotation!
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I've followed The Black Lillies for a couple of years now; these guys are great! Trisha Gene Brady has one of the best voices in music today!
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shod101
awesome

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