Coming to Bend,Wed, Jun 29 at 7:30pm
The Black Lillies are a band for the ages: rich, rootsy tunes performed with as much heart as technical virtuosity. One of the favorite bands to play at the Sisters Folk Festival.
If you ask them, they’ll tell you they play “Tennessee music” – combining strains of swampy Memphis soul and blues with Nashville’s classic country and East Tennessee’s traditional Appalachian style – while Rolling Stone describes it as “country music with a soul–‐rock infusion, supported by bandleader Cruz Contreras’ smart songwriting and tight musicianship.”
Either way, it’s music that stirs your soul, touches your heart and makes you want to dance. On October 2, the band released their fourth album Hard to Please (Attack Monkey/Thirty Tigers), which American Songwriter sums up as “a soulful mix of upbeat Americana and tender ballads,” while Vanity Fair notes that “their sound continues to cross generations and musical genres – country, folk, blues and add in a touch of the Dead, for good measure.”
It’s no surprise that Hard to Please was an immediate critical and radio success – the bar had already been set high by their previous releases. 2013’s Runaway Freeway Blues conquered the Billboard Top 200 country charts and was selected for dozens of “Best of“ lists, catching the attention of NPR, CMT, Wall Street Journal, Guitar World, Garden & Gun and more for what Entertainment Weekly calls “strong roots–‐folk songwriting, sweet harmonies, and charismatic indie spirit.”
Tickets: $20 advance at Bend Ticket or at door as available