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The Lil Smokies’ latest SnowGhost Singles features the band’s rendition of Bob Dylan/The New Basement Tapes’ “Kansas City.”
String band The Lil Smokies unveiled their take on “Going To California” by Led Zeppelin as part of the band’s SnowGhost Singles series.
Montana’s The Lil Smokies performed before a capacity crowd on Saturday to end a three-night stand at The Bluebird Theater in Denver, where photographer Jeremy Williams captured the action.
Montana’s The Lil Smokies shared their newest single featuring a cover of “Paperback Writer” by The Beatles.
This past Saturday’s Greensky Bluegrass show in Seattle featured a number of rare covers and guest appearances from The Lil Smokies and Skerik.
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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.
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The Barr Brothers will perform their self-titled debut, ‘Sleeping Operator’ and ‘Queens of the Breakers’ across the three-night run.
Umphrey’s McGee announced 2019 Summer Tour dates and ticket information.
Trey Anastasio Band will perform two concerts at the soon-to-open Mission Ballroom in Denver.
Watch moe. perform “Blue Jeans Pizza” during an in-studio session they recorded at SiriusXM’s New York City studio.