Runners Up: The Dirty Guv'nahs, Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, Robinella
This past year has been a whirlwind for Knoxville's Black Lillies. After releasing their debut album, Whiskey Angel, which was recorded by Sparklehorse's Scott Minor, the group embarked on a well-received national tour that included a set at Bonnaroo. Founded by multi-instrumentalist Cruz Contreras and guitarist Leah Gardner, the Black Lillies' current roster consists of Contreras, Jamie Cook, Tom Pryor, Jeff Woods and the group's most recent addition, Trisha Gene Brady. Although the band's success already seems to have reached a high point, with a new album in the works—which Contreras plans to fund by appealing to loyal fans who can choose to either pre-order or "sponsor" the new album by selecting a package from the group's website—and their recent addition to the bill of the Americana Music Festival, it appears that the Black Lillies are just starting to make their mark.