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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.
Montana-based string band The Lil Smokies unveiled a studio version of their standout cover of “Rocket Man” by Elton John.
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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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Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir will bring his Bob Weir & Wolf Bros project to 19 cities between February 28 – March 30.
Legendary rockers The Who confirmed a 29-city tour in which the band will be joined by orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.
Watch full show video and check out a photo gallery from Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band gig at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever from last night.
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio sat-in on Soule Monde’s entire concert at a tiny theater in New York City on Thursday night. Saxphonist James Casey and percussionist Cyro Baptista also made guest appearances.