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The Purple Fiddle presents the Black Lillies

June 7, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Rolling Stone’s 10 Artists You Need to Know / June 1, 2014
Over 30 appearances on the Grand Ole Opry!
Buy your tickets early – will likely sell out!

Cruz Contreras and his bandmates — harmony vocalist Trisha Gene Brady, multi-instrumentalist Tom Pryor, bass player Robert Richards and drummer Bowman Townsend — have grown from a few friends sitting around campfires and living rooms to a band that shows up in far-flung cities where folks to whom they’ve never played before already know the words to the songs. Eschewing record labels, they’ve still managed to conquer the Billboard Top 200 charts (Runaway Freeway Blues debuted at #43 on the Country chart and #21 on Billboard Heatseekers), put four tracks in Country Music Television’s top 12 requested videos, and film a nationally broadcast commercial for Twizzlers. They’ve been featured on numerous television specials and conquered festivals as widespread as Bonnaroo, Rochester Jazz Fest, Stagecoach and CMA Fan Fair. Despite trafficking in a richer, more authentic brand of country and Americana than what gets played on mainstream country radio, they’ve still been invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry more than thirty times — a record for an independent act.
The Black Lillies, in other words, have come a long way from those early days, when Contreras channeled heartache and regret into a stunning debut. Whiskey Angel was the sound of a man drowning his sorrows, and an introduction to someone who had languished behind the scenes for too long. As the guy who loaned out his initials to Robinella and the CCstringband — which flirted with national fame a few years ago with a hit (“Man Over”) on CMT, an appearance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien in 2003, and albums on both Sony and Dualtone — he was known best as a mandolin virtuoso and bandleader.


June 7, 2015
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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The Purple Fiddle
21 East Ave
Thomas, WV 26292 United States
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