The Black Lillies, Shinyribs
Lost & Nameless Orchestra
2015 East Riverside
Austin, TX, 78741
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
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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 (Robinella and the CCstringband), the group honors the traditions of their Appalachian heritage while blazing new trails in the roots rock genre. Strains of old tim
e, bluegrass, country, rock and jazz are heard throughout their music, creating a sound that is uniquely their own.
The band is one of the only independent acts to have been invited to play the Grand Ole Opry, and their debut on that venerable stage was such a success that they have since become mainstays on the show. The Black Lillies’ music has earned them the Independent Music Award for Best Album, Americana; spent more than four months in the top 20 Americana radio charts, and held the number two spot in CMT’s Pure 12 Pack Countdown.
Hailed by critics and fans alike, the band has appeared at festivals ranging from Bonnaroo and CMA Fan Fair to Pickathon and graced the stages of clubs and performing arts centers nationwide. Earthy and gritty, their songs speak of pain, love, revenge and revelry with such spirit that they seem to be carved out of the planks of an abandoned backwoods cabin. They 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.
"There are two kinds of people in Texas - those that got West Texas Dust, and those that got East Texas Rust. You got both of 'em!" - Doug Sahm to Kevin Russell
Hey, we all know Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell is a loose cannon. How else to explain covers of R. Kelly's "Feelin' on Yo Booty," and Elvis Costello's Indoor Fireworks" in the same night. Most folks who follow such things consider his outfit, The Gourds, one of the best live bands in the land, in large part because of Russell's brazen eccentricities and creative syntax.
However, the most overlooked thing about Russell is that when he plays it straight - as he does for most of his latest Shinyribs record Well After Awhile - the man can produce some of the funkiest and most beautiful roots music on the planet. It's not to say the "psycholiteranaut w/8 AA batteries-tweed facade-equal parts Waylon Jennings,Robert Rauschenberg and Harvey Korman" (to quote his Twitter feed) doesn't dig into his bag of twistedness here (witness "Poor People's Store"). But a listen to the straight-up duet "Shores Of Galilee" (with Sally Allen), the sweet quasi-fable "Who Built The Moon," or the intimate cover of Sam Cooke's "Change Gonna Come" that closes the record, shows that even when Russell puts aside some of the tricks, he delivers grade-A Country Soul.
Lost & Nameless Orchestra
“Foot stomping, heart racing, exciting music...” As this fan attests, there’s something about dueling fiddles, vigorous guitar playing, and an air-tight rhythm section that compels your body to move. Tastefully pairing a wide dynamic range and an intimate connection with the listeners, the Austin-based fiddle-driven folk rock quartet, Lost & Nameless Orchestra gets you out of your chair and onto the dance floor.
Founding members Chris E. Peterson (fiddle / lap steel / mandolin / bass) and Patrick Conway (acoustic & electric guitars / vocals) met in St. Louis in 1993 and formed an instant bond playing fiddle tunes and Patrick’s original songs. Their musical travels took them throughout the USA and Europe until the band settled in Austin, TX in 2006. The band has since grown to include 16-year old musical prodigy Kimberly Zielnicki (fiddle / bass / vocals / ukulele) and Nathan Quiring (keyboards / accordion).
All four members are highly skilled and well trained musicians with a sincere love for making music together. The band’s unique chemistry on stage creates an intimate atmosphere in the room and draws listeners into the music. As the intensity builds, it is not uncommon to catch band members dancing on chairs and fueling the fire of excitement in the room.
After a standing residency at Flipnotics, a calendar full of shows all over Texas and Arkansas, and their first tour under their belt, Lost & Nameless Orchestra is currently in the studio recording their debut full-length album. The band’s collective goal is to “put on an insanely great live show,” and anyone who has seen the band will agree that Lost & Nameless Orchestra delivers just that.
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