I became familiar with The Black Lillies just less than a year ago when I saw they were added to the lineup at the 2014 Braun Brothers Reunion in Challis, Idaho. Prior to seeing them live, I'd only heard one song "Gold And Roses." That one song and their amazing performance at BBR made me take notice of this fabulous band from Knoxville, Tennessee.
|"Runaway Freeway Blues"|
|"100 Miles Of Wreckage"|
The Black Lillies are comprised of lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Cruz Contreras, harmony/lead vocalist Trisha Gene Brady, drummer Bowman Townsend, bass player Robert Richards, and pedal steel/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Tom Pryor. Earlier this month, it was announced that Robert and Tom are leaving the band for other endeavors. With that said, it will be a new beginning in a chapter of The Black Lillies' story that really has just begun.
The lyrics and instrumentation of the songs are at the heart of what makes The Black Lillies sound so distinct. There aren't many bands that cover such a wide variety of topics, from gold mining to trucking to murderous love triangles and beyond. Cruz's brilliant songwriting takes these themes and brings them to life. The characters leave an impression long after hearing the melodies. My favorites include the historical story songs "Gold And Roses" and "Shepherd's Song," as well as "The Fall," "Two Hearts Down," "Same Mistakes," "Midnight," and "All This Living."