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Montana’s The Lil Smokies will mix dates supporting Greensky Bluegrass with headlining performances this fall.
Watch The Lil Smokies jam with dobro player Andy Dunnigan’s father John Dunnigan on “California” at The Independent.
Montana’s The Lil Smokies filmed the video for ‘Changing Shades’ track “Feathers” at this year’s WinterWonderGrass Steamboat festival.
Watch the official video for “Might As Well,” a standout track from The Lil Smokies’ latest album.
Jam Cruise 16 showed off the youth movement that has been infused into the jam scene thanks to a number of up-and-coming acts.
Watch a free webcast of up-and-coming Americana act The Lil Smokies’ Wednesday night visit to Madison, Wisconsin thanks to JamGrass.TV.
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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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Chad Berndtson interviews Turkuaz vocalist Shira Elias about the band’s upcoming new album, touring, collaborating and more – including meeting Keith Richards.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke will embark on an extensive U.S. Tour this fall.
Here’s the setlist, a recap of what went down and The Skinny stats from Sunday’s Phish show at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
The first Phish show at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland since 2015 featured a string of heavy hitters in the second set.