Knoxille, Tenn., Americana band The Black Lillies will grace the Alive After Five stage tonight. The five-member group, headed up by lead singer, songwriter, mandolin and guitar player Cruz Contreras, was born from the wreckage of Contreras' marriage and former band, Robinella and the CCstringband.
But Contreras didn’t let this bump in the road get him down. Instead, he stepped out from behind the shadow of his former life and created The Black Lillies. Together with the talents of Tom Pryor on the pedal steel guitar, drummer Jamie Cook, harmony vocalist Trisha Gene Brady—whose sweet, then wildly strong voice balances Contreras' deep baritone—and bassist Robert Richards, Contreras tells an honest and heart-wrenching story of his musical rebirth.
The Black Lillies' debut album, Whiskey Angel, resonated with music lovers. Filled with deeply personal material and a style influenced by rock, blues, bluegrass, jazz and country, this album soon gained national attention.
Opening for The Black Lilies tonight will be local folk and Americana artist Lee Penn Sky. Alive After Five starts at 5 p.m.