Why This Australian Is Excited About The BlackLillies

The Black Lillies is a band I have followed for not that
long but for me they typify the best of the Americana sound – a
fresh, original, roots-based outfit that has had me joyfully
listening and singing around the house for quite a while. The
band’s last two albums 100 Miles of
Wreckage
and Runaway Freeway
Blues
hold a special place in my heart (and CD
collection). I could not recommend this music more. With some
friends, I am traveling to the music nation in September for the
Americana Music Association Awards in Nashville. And God bless The
Black Lillies, because they announced their tour dates quite a
while ago and now we are traveling to Memphis to see them at the
historic Levitt Shell on September 12. It will be at the end
of a long and no doubt arduous tour. Warning to The
Black Lillies’ band members – there will be a little group of
Aussies up the front who have come a way to see you – we know it’ll
be worth it.
Here’s what I have written about the
band in the past on this sight.
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110 Miles of
Wreckage

The Black Lillies formed in Knoxville, Tennessee
in 2009 and released independently their debut
Whiskey Angel that year. The album
quickly gained positive critical attention as well as radio air
time and led to a second release in 2010 – 100
Miles of Wreckage
which was funded through fan
sponsorships sold through the band’s website. This second
album has spent many months on the Americana radio Top 40 charts.

After filtering through several lineup changes, Cruz
assembled a crackerjack team of players to add to his distinctive
and charismatic voice – guitarist and pedal steel player Tom Pryor,
drummer and percussionist Jamie Cook, bassist Robert Richards, and
vocalist Trisha Gene Brady. Great lyrics, effortless vocals,
well-crafted and executed arrangements. I’ve been playing this one
for quite a while. Below are two samplers, songs from
100 Miles From Nowhere. Hope you
like them. http://youtu.be/znW5VmlYweE http://youtu.be/aiZfviToAlo
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The Black Lillies 2013 publicity

I have written
before in glowing terms of the indie-Americana band The Black
Lillies of Knoxville, Tennessee. For some unfathomable reason
I have not to date acquired their new, third album,
Runaway Freeway Blues. This
oversight has been rectified and it is on its way. The album has
been very well received and the profile of the band continues to
grow, on the strength of the group’s strong roots-folk songwriting,
sweet harmonies, and independent spirit. From all reports
they put in a very impressive showing at South By South West. Now
the quintet — frontman Cruz Contreras, harmony vocalist Trisha Gene
Brady, multi-instrumentalist Tom Pryor, bass player Robert
Richards, and drummer Jamie Cook – set out to spread their gospel
on a nationwide tour, the dates for which are below. Way down the
bottom of the list is a showing on September 12 in Memphis where I
will be front and centre – I cannot wait. The band has released a
video for their single off Runaway Freeway
Blues
, “The Fall,” and you can watch it here:
http://music-mix.ew.com/2013/05/07/black-lillies-fall-video/
Tour Dates May 11, 2013 – Mcminnville, OR @
McMenamin’s Hotel Oregon May 12, 2013 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins
Crystal Ballroom May 14, 2013 – Centralia, WA @ McMenamin’s Olympic
Club May 15, 2013 – Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door May 16, 2013 –
Troutdale, OR @ McMenamin’s Edgefield Winery May 17, 2013 –
Bainbridge Isle, WA @ Treehouse Cafe May 19, 2013 – Electric City,
WA @ Sunbanks Rhythm & Blues Festival May 21, 2013 – Hood
River, OR @ Springhouse Cellar May 22, 2013 – Eugene, OR @ Cozmic
Presents May 23, 2013 – Cedarville, CA @ The Station May 25, 2013 –
Yosemite, CA @ Strawberry Music Festival May 26, 2013 – Yosemite,
CA @Strawberry Music Festival May 26, 2013 – Berkeley, CA @ Freight
and Salvage May 28, 2013 – Chico, CA @ Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. w/
Birds of Chicago May 29, 2013 – Felton, CA @ Don Quixote’s
International Music Hall May 30, 2013 – Reno, NV @ Crystal Bay
Casino Jun 1, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe Jun 2, 2013 – San
Diego, CA @ The Griffin Jun 4, 2013 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush Jun 6,
2013 – Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits Jun 8, 2013 – Denver, CO @
Brewgrass @ Old South Pearl Street Jun 9, 2013 – Pagosa Springs, CO
@ Reservoir Hill – Pagosa Folk n’ Bluegrass Festival Jun 9, 2013 –
Pagosa Springs, CO @ Reservoir Hill – Pagosa Folk n’ Bluegrass
Festival Jun 11, 2013 – Pagosa Springs, CO @ Pagosa Springs Town
Park Jun 13, 2013 – Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads Saloon Jun 14,
2013 – Berwyn, IL @ Fitzgerald’s Jun 15, 2013 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The
Ark Jun 16, 2013 – Benton Harbor, MI @ The Livery Jun 18, 2013 –
Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry Jun 20, 2013 – Columbus, OH @
Woodlands Tavern Jun 21, 2013 – Thomas, WV @ The Purple Fiddle Jun
22, 2013 – Washington, DC @ The Hamilton Jun 25, 2013 – Rochester,
NY @ Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Jun 26, 2013 –
Buffalo, NY @ Sportsmen’s Tavern Jun 27, 2013 – Wrightsville, PA @
Burning Bridge Tavern Jun 28, 2013 – Shepherdstown, WV @ The
Shepherdstown Opera House Jun 29, 2013 – Swanton, MD @ Private Jul
3, 2013 – Boothbay Harbor, ME @ Opera House at Boothbay Harbor Jul
5, 2013 – Ogunquit, ME @ Jonathan’s Jul 6, 2013 – Cambridge, MA @
Club Passim w/ Kellen Zakula Jul 7, 2013 – Northampton, MA @ Iron
Horse Music Hall Jul 8, 2013 – New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub Jul 9, 2013
– Troy, NY @ The Ale House Jul 10, 2013 – Philadelphia, PA @
Milkboy Philly w/ Lydia Loveless Jul 11, 2013 – Pittsburgh, PA @
Club Cafe Jul 13, 2013 – Cleveland, OH @ The Winchester Music Hall
Jul 14, 2013 – Chicago, IL @ Square Roots Festival Jul 20, 2013 –
Roanoke/Daleville, VA @ Daleville Town Center Aug 1, 2013 – Panama
City Beach, FL @ Aaron Bessant Ampitheatre Aug 3, 2013 – Carrboro,
NC @ The Arts Center Aug 9, 2013 – Greensburg, PA @ St. Clair Park
Amphitheater Aug 10, 2013 – Bedford, PA @ Fort Royale Farm – Wills
Mountain Festival Aug 11, 2013 – Verona, VA @ Oak Grove Theater –
Oak Grove Music Festival Aug 15, 2013 – Rock Island, IL @ Rozz Tox
Sep 12, 2013 – Memphis, TN @ Levitt Shell Sep 21, 2013 – Bristol,
TN @ Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Sep 22, 2013 – Bristol,
TN @ Bristol Rhythm For more information on the band, go to

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