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The Lil Smokies shared the second single from their forthcoming album, ‘Tornillo,’ due out this month.
The Lil Smokies unveiled “World’s On Fire,” the lead single from their forthcoming ‘Tornillo’ studio album.
The Lil Smokies announced a new album, ‘Tornillo,’ as well as 2020 tour dates in support of the record.
The Lil Smokies will return to Colorado in December for a pair of tour dates.
Watch Greensky Bluegrass welcome Lil Smokies for “Midnight Moonlight” during their Red Rocks three-night run opener.
The Lil Smokies unveiled pro-shot video featuring their performance of Paul Simon’s “Gone At Last” featuring Fruition’s Jay Cobb Anderson and Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass from the 2018 concerts that yielded ‘Live At The Bluebird.’
About The Lil Smokies
When people see The Lil Smokies setting up their acoustic instruments, they’re often unprepared for the electric energy they generate. The band captures that same dynamic presence on their new album, Changing Shades, delivering their exceptional songwriting and bluegrass roots with the punch of a rock band.“We wanted to duplicate the energy of our live shows. It’s a perfect mixture of improvisation and composition. The record shows how fearless we’ve become in the last year,” says Andy Dunnigan, lead songwriter, singer and dobro player. They cut Changing Shades in a lighthearted, week-long session at SnowGhost Music in Whitefish, MT with engineer Brett Allen (The Avett Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, Béla Fleck) and co-producer Rob Gordon (Elephant Revival). “It was a breeze,” Dunnigan says. “Rob got us to focus on what makes each song special. We refined and recorded them live, together in one room, just like on stage.”
The first incarnation of The Lil Smokies got together in Missoula, Montana, during the winter of 2009. Through the years, the band transformed and settled into the current lineup – Scott Parker on bass; Jake Simpson on fiddle; Matt Rieger on guitar; Matt Cornette on banjo and Dunnigan on dobro. Previously, the band has won the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Band competition and took home the 2016 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year award. They’ve also wowed fans at the High Sierra, FreshGrass, Telluride Bluegrass, Grey Fox, Del Fest, Floyd Fest and String Summit festivals, to name a few.
Mike Gordon paid tribute to Little Feat guitarist Paul Barrere with his first “Sailin’ Shoes” in more than five years.
Trey Anastasio Band dusted off “The Landlady” during their two-night opener at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
Umphrey’s McGee welcomed Doom Flamingo vocalist Kanika Moore for a debut of Rush’s “Anthem” in honor of Neil Peart.
Suwannee Rising revealed its 2020 lineup.
The Trey Anastasio Band kicked off the main portion of their winter tour at The Observatory North Park in San Diego on Thursday night.