“With one foot planted firmly in Appalachian music culture and the other always expanding and evolving, The Black Lillies have created a unique sound embraced by fans old and young,” raves Vanity Fair - an apt description for a band that draws audiences as varied as indie rockers and traditional country music enthusiasts.
Eschewing record labels, they’ve still managed to conquer the Billboard Country and Heatseekers charts, put three tracks in Country Music Television’s top 12, and win multiple Independent Music Awards. Despite trafficking in a richer, more authentic brand of Americana than you’ll hear on mainstream radio, they’ve been invited to perform at the legendary Grand Ole Opry more than twenty-five times – a record for an independent act.
The band’s current album, Runaway Freeway Blues, dominated the Americana radio scene, spending three months in the top 5 on the radio charts and claiming the #18 spot on the Americana Music Association’s Top 100 Albums of 2013 (based on radio airplay). Runaway Freeway Blues was selected by over two dozen publications as one of the best albums of the year, including industry stalwarts American Songwriter Magazine and No Depression.
The Black Lillies have been praised by media outlets as diverse as PASTE Magazine and USA Today; NPR and MTV; Wall Street Journal and Relix Magazine. A killer live act, they’ve won over audiences nationwide at festivals including Bonnaroo, Rochester Jazz Festival, MerleFest, and CMA Fan Fair.
The music is breakneck, brazen and beautiful; gentle Laurel Canyon folk, the honky-tonk heartache of classic country, winding jams and flat-out rock’n’roll. These songs will haunt your thoughts, rattling through your head like a crooked screen door slaps against its frame when a storm is coming.