If you thrive for smooth folk vocal harmonies, violin and mandolin that scream folk and country from the depths Tennessee, listen this way! This Knoxville based folk/country band formed by Cruz Contreras, formerly of Robinella and the CCstringband, called The Black Lillies embodies folk, country and bluegrass in their album 100 Miles Of Wreckage.
As a native Knoxvillian, I can attest to the hype that this band has grown around its music. Contrera’s voice lifts the air around you just a little, making it that much harder to breathe, possibly sounding over his story in the song “Soul Of Man,” a simple guitar and voice tune about wondering when the end of the world will come.
My personal favorite song is “Tall Tress,” due to its soft nature and loving vocal harmonies. On the other end of the spectrum are songs like “Three In The Mornin’” and “Two Hearts Down,” pieces that embody the entire folk centered band with a beat that causes for movement among the harmonies between Contrera and Trisha Brady.
And not to mention the pedal steel guitar that I believe really rounds out their sound with an expression of perfection on the rise! I would not hesitate at a chance to see them live. In fact, they are currently on tour and hitting Tennessee in September! So why not go discover something new about country and folk with The Black Lillies? They’re easy to listen to, easy to sing to and difficult to turn off.