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Mad. Sq. Music: The Black Lillies and Carrie Elkin & Her Greats

Saturday, October 5, 2013

3:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.

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Carrie Elkin & Her Greats will open at 3:00 p.m., and the Black Lillies will be on at 4:00 p.m.

The Black Lillies

The Black Lillies front man Cruz Contreras and band, composed of harmony vocalist Trisha Gene Brady, multi-instrumentalist Tom Pryor, bass player Robert Richards, and drummer Bowman Townsend, bring Contreras’s strength into American instrumental virtuosity. With a new album, Runaway Freeway Blues, The Black Lillies have come a long way, and when they were not playing their 200-odd gigs throughout the year, they were in Wild Chorus Studio in their hometown of Knoxville, Tenn., working with Scott Minor of Sparklehorse to craft a beautiful ode to restless spirits and rambling hearts. Rooted in the mud-rutted switchbacks of Appalachia, Runaway Freeway Blues is the sound of a band that’s become something of a phenomenon across the country. It’s breakneck, brazen and beautiful. It’s the sound of a band that’s rooted in East Tennessee but more at home piled into a van stacked with gear, windows down and aimed toward the next gig. 

Carrie Elkin & Her Greats 

With her Red House Records debut release, Call It My Garden, Carrie Elkin has emerged as one of the defining new voices in the world of Texas singer-songwriters, celebrated by Texas Music Magazine as one of their artists of the year.  The voice, the stories, the images, the grace and infectious enthusiasm, it's a complete package.  But it's the power of her live performances that really have been creating an incredible buzz around this young artist.  Maverick Magazine said it best, after a recent festival performance: "I have never seen a performer so in love with the act of singing. That's the gospel truth. Onstage Elkin was simply a force of nature."  She's an artist full of contrast and contradiction.  With a voice that's somehow both gritty and pristine, the Austin Chronicle calls it "an earthy combination of strength and compassion . . . reminiscent of the winsome beauty created by a young Nanci Griffith," while Bob Harris of the BBC throws in comparisons to Patty Griffin and Iris DeMent, and calls her voice "spellbinding from the opening track."

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