The Black Lillies At Grand Ole Opry
Americana band, The Black Lillies, draws their influence from rock, country, jazz, blues, and bluegrass to create a unique sound. The deep baritone voice of Cruz Contreras (guitar, mandolin, and vocals) is the group’s signature sound. He formed the band in 2009 after splitting from his wife and former band mate of Robinella and the CCstringband. After some serious soul searching from behind the wheel of his truck in 2008, he wrote the album Whiskey Angel andrecorded it in one weekend with the musicians that would become The Black Lillies. The band is composed of Tom Pryor (guitar and pedal steel), Jamie Cook (percussion), Robert Richards (bass guitar), and Trisha Gene Brady (vocals).
Pleased with players for his new group, Contreras set out for success with the band’s first album Whiskey Angel. It didn’t take long for them to receive national recognition prompting them to quickly release another album, 100 Miles of Wreckage, which spent four months on the Americana radio Top 20 charts with songs, “Two Hearts Down” and “Same Mistakes.”
The Black Lillies debuted on the Grand Ole Opry stage on June 12, 2011, in which they were the first independent artists from the Knoxville area to be featured on the Grand Ole Opry.