By on March 20, 2013


Critically acclaimed band The Black Lillies are thrilled to release their new album “Runaway Freeway Blues” next Tuesday, March 26. To get fans excited, The Wall Street Journal is now streaming the new record a week before its release.


Listen to the album The Wall Street Journal calls “a rootsy flair, mixing folk, honky-tonk country and gospel into a winsome hybrid traditional enough to appeal to an Opry crowd … and expansive enough to ensnare a broader audience,” here:


“A Pick Of The Day” by NPR’s Ann Powers, The Black Lillies performances at this year’s SXSW caught the attention of many including Guitar World who included the band in their “Top Moments from SXSW.”


“There was such a variety of music going on at the festival that I almost forgot I was in Texas until I went to see The Black Lillies from Knoxville, Tennessee, a real died-in-the-wool Americana band” says Guitar World. “Their pedal steel guitarist, Tom Pryor, stole the show. Sweet harmonies by Trisha Gene Brady and good storytelling and stage charisma by frontman Cruz Contreras clinched the deal.”


Watch the band’s recent performance of new song “Smokestack Lady” at the famed Grand Ole Opry below – a place where the band became one of the first independent acts to play and soon after played nearly 20 times over the past year and a half.


The Black Lillies are currently on a national headlining tour in support of “Runaway Freeway Blues,” the follow up to the bands highly regarded album “100 Miles of Wreckage” which not only became one of the Top 40 Americana albums of 2011, it won over critics such as NPR, CMT, USA Today, Huffington Post and Relix.


“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


Playing over 200+ shows in 2012, The Black Lillies plan to spend all of 2013 on the road. Tour dates below and stay tuned for more news!


Tour Dates (more to be announced):


March 23                        Tennessee Theatre                                    Knoxville, TN

March 28                        North Barrett Square                               Rosemary Beach, FL

March 29                        Grand Ole Opry                                          Nashville, TN

March 30                        3rd & Lindsley                                             Nashville, TN

April 4                              Willie’s Locally Known                              Lexington, KY

April 5                               Historic Broadway Hotel & Tavern     Madison, IN

April 6                              The Outpost                                                 Peoria, IL

April 7                               Warehouse at Mt. Victor                        Bowling Green, KY

April 9                               The Melting Point                                      Athens, GA 

April 10                            Eddie’s Attic                                                 Decatur, GA  

April 11-12                     String Break Festival                                 Brooksville, FL

April 13                            Backbooth                                                   Orlando, FL

April 17                            The Green Parrot                                       Key West, FL

April 18                            The Green Parrot                                       Key West, FL

April 20                            Café Eleven                                                  Saint Augustine, FL

April 21                            ARMSchair Series @ Kiwanis Park       Montgomery, AL

April 26-27                     MerleFest                                                     Wilkesboro, NC

April 30                            Rozz Tox                                                        Rock Island, IL

May 2                               Gas Lamp                                                      Des Moines, IA

May 4                               The Garage                                                   Kearney, NE

May 7                               Reef                                                                Boise, ID

May 8                               Old St Francis School                                Bend, OR  

May 9                               Kennedy School                                         Portland, OR  

May 10                             Sandtrap                                                      Gearhart, OR

May 11                            Hotel Oregon                                               McMinnville, OR 

May 12                            Crystal Ballroom                                         Portland, 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 18                            Grand Lodge                                                 Forest Grove, OR

May 19                            Sunbanks Rhythm & Blues Festival     Electric City, WA

May 21                            Springhouse Cellar                                     Hood River, OR

May 22                            Cozmic Presents                                         Eugene, OR

May 23                           The Station                                                    Cedarville, CA

May 25                            Strawberry Music Festival                       Yosemite, CA

May 28                            Sierra Nevada Brewing Co                       Chico, CA

June 8                              Brewgrass @ Old South Pearl                 Denver, CO

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

June 14                           Fitzgerald’s                                                     Berwyn, IL

June 15                           The Arc                                                            Ann Arbor, MI

June 20                           Woodlands Tavern                                      Columbus, OH

June 21                           The Purple Fiddle                                         Thomas, WV

June 22                           The Hamilton                                                Washington, DC

June 25                           Rochester International Jazz Festival   Rochester, NY

June 26                           Sportsmen’s Tavern                                   Buffalo, NY

June 28                           The Shepherdstown Opera House        Shepherdstown, WV

July 3                               Opera House at Boothbay Harbor         Boothbay Harbor, ME

July 5                                Jonathan’s                                                    Ogunquit, ME

July 8                                Joe’s Pub                                                       New York, NY

July  20                            Daleville Town Center                                Roanoke, VA

August 9                         St. Clair Park Amphitheater                     Greensburg, PA

August 10                      Wills Mountain Festival                             Bedford, PA

September 21-22        Bristol Rhythm & Blues Reunion           Bristol, TN


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.