By on February 5, 2013


The Black Lillies are proud to announce the release of their new album Runaway Freeway Blues. Out March 26 and recorded by Scott Minor of Sparklehorse, Runaway Freeway Blues is the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed album 100 Miles of Wreckage which won over critics such as Vanity Fair, NPR, CMT, USA Today, Relix, Country Weekly and The Huffington Post. The band excited concertgoers with memorable performances at festivals such as Bonnaroo and CMA Fan Fair, and 100 Miles of Wreckage became one of the Top 40 Americana albums of 2011.


The Black Lillies will kick off their North American headlining tour on February 15 at the famed Grand Ole Opry – a place where the band became one of the first independent acts to play and soon after, made history by being the only act to be invited back fifteen times in just a year. The Black Lillies plan to spend all of 2013 on the road and are looking forward to performances at this year’s South By Southwest, Merlefest and the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Tour dates below.


Paste Magazine is excited to premiere Runaway Freeway Blues’ opening track, the beautifully sorrowful “The Fall.” Listen HERE


Runaway Freeway Blues is a beautiful ode to restless spirits and rambling hearts. Conceived on the road after extensive touring, the band created an album so vivid and detailed with lush harmonies and instrumental virtuosity, that each song is just as powerful in its quieter moments as it is explosive during the jubilant ones.


From gentle Laurel Canyon folk rock to the honky-tonk heartache of classic country to winding jams, Runaway Freeway Blues is an album that defies easy categorization. Banjo, pedal steel, piano and everything else lift this record up on wings of uncommon grace and stunning vitality, and when songwriter Cruz Contreras and vocalist Trisha Gene Brady combine their voices, it calls to mind classic duets from times long gone by: George and Tammy, Gram and Emmylou, Johnny and June.


“These Grand Ole Opry vets play the type of country and bluegrass you want to hear.”

Huffington Post


“With one foot planted firmly in Appalachian music culture and the other always expanding and evolving, the Black Lillies have created a unique sound embraced by fans old and young.”

Vanity Fair


“The Fall”:


Tour Dates (more to be announced):


February 15                        Grand Ole Opry                                            Nashville, TN

March 9                                Young Avenue Deli                                      Memphis, TN

March 10                             Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom                       Little Rock, AR

March 12 – 14                    SXSW                                                                Austin, TX

March 15                             Haileys Club                                                   Denton, TX*

March 16                             Dosey Doe Music Cafe                               Conroe, TX*

March 17                             House Concert                                              Houston, TX

March 23                             Tennessee Theatre                                      Knoxville, TN

March 29                             Grand Ole Opry                                            Nashville, TN

March 30                             3rd & Lindsley                                               Nashville, TN

April 9                                   The Melting Point                                        Athens, GA 

April 10                                 Eddie’s Attic                                                  Decatur, GA  

April 11 – 12                        String Break Festival                                  Brooksville, FL

April 26 – 27                        MerleFest                                                      Wilkesboro, NC

May 8                                    Old St Francis School                                 Bend, OR  

May 9                                    McMenamins Kennedy School             Portland, OR  

May 11                                 McMenamin’s Hotel Oregon                  McMinnville, OR 

May 14                                 Olympic Club                                                Centralia, WA

May 15                                 Triple Door                                                     Seattle, WA

May 16                                 Edgefield Winery                                         Troutdale, OR

May 17                                 Treehouse Café                                           Bainbridge Isle, WA

May 19                                 Sunbanks Rhythm & Blues Festival      Electric City, WA

May 25                                 Strawberry Music Festival                       Yosemite, CA

June 8                                    BrewGrass Music Festival                        Denver, CO

June 9                                    Pagosa Folk n’ Bluegrass Festival          Pagosa Springs, CO

July  20                                  Daleville Town Center                               Roanoke, VA

August 9                               St. Clair Park Amphitheater                    Greensburg, PA

August 10                            Wills Mountain Festival                            Bedford, PA


* With Chuck Mead


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.