Oddball Events presents
The Black Lillies
Liz Frame & the Kickers
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Black Lillies
Born in the rumbling cab of a stone truck and aged in the oak of Tennessee's smoky night haunts, The Black Lillies have quickly risen to the forefront of the Americana scene. Founded by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Cruz Contreras (co-founder of Robinella and the CCstringband), The Black Lillies have created their own unique brand of country, roots, rock and blues via Appalachia. The group, formed in 2008, also includes electric guitar and pedal steel whiz Tom Pryor and drummer Jamie Cook, both formerly of the everybodyfields, bassist Robert Richards, and vocalist Trisha Gene Brady.
In April 2009, The Black Lillies released Whiskey Angel, their debut recording, which was recorded live in Cruz's living room. The album received rave reviews and appeared on multiple "Best of 2009″ lists across the country, winning the Independent Music Award for Best Album, Americana. The band's current album, 100 Miles of Wreckage, has been nominated for multiple awards and spent more than five months on the Americana radio Top 40 charts – four of them in the top 20 – once again proving that a band with this much spirit can break through traditional industry boundaries to achieve success without the constraints of a major label.
Highlights have included stops at festivals including Bonnaroo Music + Arts, Pickathon, CMA Festival & Fan Fair, Americana Music Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion; appearances on National Public Radio's Mountain Stage, four separate PBS concert specials, and in June 2011, the band's debut on the Grand Ole Opry – which they have since played fifteen times.
The Black Lillies continue to tour non-stop, and without a doubt, they'll soon be appearing in a town near you. That's a relative term, of course, but trust us on this – they're worth the drive, however far it is, because you'll leave feeling like you've witnessed an old-fashion Southern tent revival. These songs will haunt your thoughts long after the curtain closes, rattling through your head like a crooked screen door slaps against its frame when a storm is coming.
Liz Frame & the Kickers
Liz Frame wrote her first song at age nine, and has been performing her own brand of rootsy Americana music since her early teens. She spent her childhood listening to the artists her parents loved – Jimmie Rogers, The Weavers, B.B. King, Elvis Presley – to name just a few, absorbing their sounds and ultimately allowing them to influence her own. At fourteen she picked up the guitar and has been hooked on the process of making music ever since.
In 1980, after years of travel with her family that allowed Ms. Frame to see dozens of US states and several continents, she and her family finally settled outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Shortly thereafter, she began seriously pursuing a career in music,becoming an active member of the country music/rockabilly scene in the city during the eighties and nineties. Fronting her own band, she garnered serious interest from both major and independent record labels during this time, but ultimately decided against the rigors of the business to concentrate on family. Now that her daughter, a gifted working musician in her own right, is grown, she is once again free to pursue what she loves most – making infectious, heart-felt and at times raucous music that appeals to everyone from eight to eighty!
While Ms. Frame delivers her songs with strong, distinctive vocals that fall somewhere between Dwight Yoakum’s twang and k.d lang’s soul, one can’t listen to her music without also hearing the influences of people like Merle Haggard or Johnny Cash. She is backed live by her band, the Kickers, a group of talented friends whose raw, acoustic sound and sweet harmonies help to deliver Ms. Frame’s material with distinction. They play regularly around Boston, northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, and are fast becoming a favorite of the area. A prodigious writer, Ms. Frame has just released her first full-length recording, "Sooner," a collection of ten original songs that feature playing by some of the cream of the crop session players, including Bobby Keyes, Duke Levine and Kevin Barry.
$8.00 - $10.00