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. On Friday, Jan. 29, the group shared a bill with R.B. Morris at the WDVX Blue Plate Special at the Square Room and performed several new songs with the help of prolific local singer/songwriter Trisha Gene Brady, who recently joined the Black Lillies after the departure of founding singer Leah Gardner, who has decided to part ways with the group. Brady also performs solo and as a member of the Naughty Knots and Upland South.
After the Blue Plate, the band was one of the few groups in Knoxville who decided to brave the weather and play their scheduled show at Barley’s Taproom. Frontman Cruz Contreras thanked the surprisingly sizeable crowd for braving the “snowpocalyse” and suggested that the audience claim a spot for their sleeping bags. The show was in support of the recording of the Lillies’ new album, which Contreras plans to fund by fan donations and sponsorship. On the group’s website, fans can choose to either pre-order the new album or sponsor the recording by selecting a package from the site. The packages vary in price, but include benefits that range from an autographed copy of the album to a personal house show by the group.