KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Known for their captivating blend of rock n roll and country, Knoxville’s The Black Lillies are back with a ferocious approach to roots music and dynamic three part harmonies as they launch their new album, “Stranger To Me” on Sept. 28 release via Thirty Tigers (Jason Isbell, Turnpike Troubadours, Dr. Dog). The band will commemorate the album’s release with a homecoming celebration on Sept. 28-29, beginning with a concert 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Central Filling Station in Knoxville. Doors open at 6 p.m.
American Songwriter Magazine has the first look at “Stranger To Me” with the propulsive first single “Midnight Stranger.” They called the song “a melodic, mid-tempo rocker with vocal harmonies that recall the Eagles, Steely Dan-esque lyrics, and plenty of crunchy, Southern rock guitar.” Listen now at www.theblacklillies.com.
With four albums under their belts, The Black Lillies have been a mainstay on radio and album sales charts, promoting each release by hitting the road, averaging 175 gigs per year internationally. Each album has earned praise from a variety of outlets including Rolling Stone, NPR, CMT, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly and Billboard.
Thanks in part to undeniable chemistry that radiates between the band’s streamlined lineup, The Black Lillies are staying inspired, stretching themselves to bring a fresh perspective to classic country rock. This is the first time the band has collaborated on songwriting duties, resulting in an album that feels both familiar and distinctly modern with a fuller, more robust sound and sharp, crisp tunes.
During the summer and fall of 2017, the lineup did a weekly Facebook Live broadcast called “The Sprinter Sessions” in which a new song was performed live from the road (often from the back of their Sprinter van, while en route to a show). The songs were raw, and often, they had been written that morning. Ultimately, there were more than 30 songs written and performed, and the best of these were taken and refined to become the songs featured on “Stranger To Me.” The album was recorded at Asheville, North Carolina’s Echo Mountain Studios and produced by Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, R.E.M., The Eagles).
The new album shines a light on the creativity and commanding songwriting of four very different songwriters who believed in putting their songs out there in their infancy, and in the power of their productivity and love of lush harmonies and emotionally charged lyrics to come up with something new.
When the band isn’t on the road, they call the Happy Holler neighborhood of North Knoxville home. In fact, many songs throughout the band’s career have been inspired by the neighborhood, and the first two Black Lillies albums were recorded there. It makes perfect sense, then, that the band would choose to celebrate the release of “Stranger to Me” at home. Brian Paddock & The American Gentlemen, who will release an album of their own (“Under New Management”) on Sept. 28, will open the show. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Food trucks, beverages, and merchandise from both bands will be available.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Lillies will host the third Black Lillies Hangover Bowl at Maple Hall. Quickly becoming a “must attend” event for Black Lillies fans, the Hangover Bowl is a laid back bowling party in which fans are teamed up with band members. Admission includes two hours of bowling plus shoe rental and is $30 (available only in conjunction with a concert ticket).
The homecoming celebration weekend is part of a 16-week tour that kicks off in Nashville on Aug. 29 and makes additional stops in Tennessee Sept. 12 at AmericanaFest in Nashville and Oct. 4 at the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough. Initial tour dates below, with more to be announced soon.
For more information, visit www.theblacklillies.com.
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