The Melting Point
295 E Dougherty Street
Athens, GA 30601
8:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2013
The Black Lillies
Led by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Cruz Contreras, The Black Lillies' award-winning blend of country, alt-rock, neo-folk and mountain music is a rollicking good time that has earned them critical acclaim and deep devotion from fans nationwide. Hip enough for Bonnaroo and South by Southwest audiences but with enough authentic Appalachian soul to be repeat performers on the stage of the legendary Grand Ole Opry, the Black Lillies' eclectic style offers a boatload of talent with a reputation on the rise. Join us on Friday August 2nd at the World Famous as we present the band’s much anticipated return to Athens, Georgia! The Howlin’ Brothers are a three-piece string band that brings heart and passion into every performance. Their upbeat shows are heavy with original and traditional music, featuring the sounds of slide banjo, harmonica and old-time fiddle. The Howlin’ Brothers are bringing their show all across America in 2013. Their latest album “HOWL” produced by Brendan Benson will be available March 5th, on Benson’s label Readymade Records.
Ben Plasse – upright bass, banjo, vocals
Ian Craft – fiddle, banjo, vocals
Jared Green – guitar, harmonica, vocals more >>> After co-founding Robinella and the CCstringband with his wife, he spent nearly a decade traveling the road and making music from coast to coast. When his marriage – and the band – dissolved in 2007, he returned to the road … this time, as the driver of a truck for a stone company. It was here, over a year spent rolling down the highways of East Tennessee, that the songs and sounds that would form the nexus of The Black Lillies were conceived.
And “Runaway Freeway Blues,” the band’s third studio album, was realized exactly there … on the road. When the Lillies weren’t playing their 200-odd gigs during 2012, they were in Wild Chorus Studio in their hometown of Knoxville, Tenn., working with Scott Minor of Sparklehorse to craft a beautiful ode to restless spirits and rambling hearts. Rooted in the mud-rutted switchbacks of Appalachia, “Runaway Freeway Blues” is the sound of a band that’s becoming something of a phenomenon across the country.
Contreras and his bandmates – harmony vocalist Trisha Gene Brady, multi-instrumentalist Tom Pryor, bass player Robert Richards and drummer Jamie Cook – 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 still managed to put a track from the last record (“Same Mistakes,” off of “100 Miles of Wreckage”) in Country Music Television’s top 12 requested videos for four months. (Its predecessor, “Two Hearts Down,” was a top-requested video on CMT for three months.) They’ve been featured on numerous television specials and conquered festivals as widespread as Bonnaroo, Pickathon, 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 a dozen times – a record for an independent act. more >>>