Knoxville, Tennessee’s Americana powerhouse, The Black Lillies, have announced a new tour to support their latest release, Hard to Please (Attack Monkey/Thirty Tigers). The enchanting and introspective ten-song set boasts fierce country rockers, Southern-style soul, and touch of twang that will have you scootin’ your boots at the first listen.
The band’s eclecticism won’t surprise anyone who has had the pleasure of experiencing them in concert. The band’s set lists frequently contain a couple of covers, from American roots tunes like the Delmore Brothers’ “Blues Stay Away From Me” and Blind Willie Johnson’s “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, to classic rock’s “Time of the Season” and “For What It’s Worth”, and left field choices such as “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Love Train,” and David Bowie’s “Five Years.”
The band has built their grassroots popularity by taking their music to the people. They have been averaging 200 gigs a year since forming in 2009, playing small clubs as well as big festivals like Bonnaroo, Stagecoach, and the Americana Music Festival. NPR’s Ann Powers made the group one of her top picks at 2014’s SXSW; no other independent band has played the prestigious Grand Ole Opry as many times as The Black Lillies have.
Known for dynamic live shows, the band will be heading out on tour to support Hard to Please. This December, The Black Lillies can be found along the East Coast, performing from Vermont to West Virginia, while the New Year finds them out West, starting with the Steamboat MusicFest, before swinging through Texas and winding out at sea on the popular Cayamo Cruise.
To get a little taste of what they’re about, check out the video for their song, “Smokestack Lady”. You’ll thank us later.
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