The Black Lillies began 2017 with a new band member (Haley Cole from Birch, Texas); the European release of their current album, Hard to Please on January 20; and a winter European tour prior to returning to American stages - commencing in Texas - for the remainder of the year. Additionally, the new lineup will go into the studio in 2017 to record a new album.
The Black Lillies' story is one of hard work and highway miles - a story that traces their evolution from a group of friends making music in songwriter and frontman Cruz Contreras' living room into what is now one of Americana's biggest success stories: an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries among folk, soul, red dirt country, blues and jazz.
The Black Lillies' story is still unfolding, with the band's sharp, Southern-influenced songs - including Americana radio hits like "Hard to Please," the kickoff single and title track from the band's most recent album - leading the charge. Featuring multi-instrumentalist Contreras, bassist and vocalist Sam Quinn, drummer Bowman Townsend, guitarist/vocalist Dustin Schaefer, pedal steel player Jonathan Keeney and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist newcomer Cole, the Black Lillies enter this chapter as one of the most visible, viable groups in contemporary roots music.