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100 Miles Of Wreckage

Black Lillies (Rock)

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'Wreckage' in bloom: The Black Lillies return with a new album and renewed determination By Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times Thanksgiving, 2009: The Black Lillies almost came to an end in Fargo, N.D. After bursting out of the gate with the phenomenal album Whiskey Angel, the band led by Cruz Contreras found itself two weeks into a six-week cross-country tour. Fraught with challenges and hardships, the band - Contreras, pedal steel player/guitarist Tom Pryor, drummer Jamie Cook, bass player Taylor Coker and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Leah Gardner - holed up in a Lutheran center and plotted the next move. For Contreras, there was never any doubt. He'd given up everything - literally - to make the band work. He'd built it on the ashes of a marriage to East Tennessee songbird Robinella, whom he'd divorced two years prior. He'd poured all of the heartache and self-loathing into the songs on Whiskey Angel, and in emerging as a new force on the local music scene, he was ready to seize the opportunity for something bigger. After years of toiling as the initials to his ex-wife's project, he had come into his own, and despite the frozen landscape outside the window and the flagging spirits of those who had accompanied him that far, he knew what his decision would be. We were about to turn around and come home, he recalled over a recent breakfast interview at Long's Drug Store in Knoxville's Bearden neighborhood. But I was determined. I had nothing to go back to - I'd literally given away everything. I sat everything I owned on the sidewalk outside my apartment in North Knoxville, and it was gone in an hour. I'd given away my house, literally. I knew it would be a major defeat if we didn't persevere through that, and I told everyone, 'I'm not going to beg. I'm going on, even if I have to do it by myself.' It's not hard to imagine the scenario - those eyes, heavy-lidded as always but brimming with the fevered touch of a man on a crusade ... Pryor, nodding nonchalantly ... Cook, loyal to the vision. Gardner, the vocalist around whom Contreras had built the Lillies' male-female harmonies, opted out, however; Coker would follow a few months later. Contreras hated to see them go ... but when it comes to The Black Lillies, he answers to a higher calling. Friendship means a great deal, but the music means more. These days, it means everything, and so the band rolled on, making do and adjusting to the loss after dropping Gardner off in Denver. In the months to come, the band would add local singer-songwriter Trisha Gene Brady and bass player Robert Richards to the fold. A sophomore album, 100 Miles of Wreckage, would be recorded. This weekend, The Black Lillies celebrate the release of that album with a show at The Bijou Theatre. At press time, only a few tickets remained; by the time the show begins on Saturday night, chances are the band will be playing to a sold-out crowd. It's been a tumultuous journey, to say the least. But when the house lights dim and the band begins to play, Contreras may feel for the next couple of hours something akin to contentment. It won't last. For a guy like him, it never does; the road calls or the studio beckons or the muse demands to be let out. Ghosts of the past and specters of the future are never far from his thoughts, and the choices he's made and will make are things he constantly second-guesses. All save for one - the direction in which he's headed. The further I go down this path, the more certain that it's what I'm meant to do, he said. For years, I felt guilty for playing music, like I wasn't being responsible. I felt like I should get a 9-to-5 job. But that's just not me. I just see it as the one constant in my life at this point. I mean, I've been doing it since I was 6, and it's the one thing I could always do well. Finding his own path For years, Contreras was known as the bandleader for the CCstringband, his ex-wife's backing group. He produced the band's albums and served as something of a de facto business manager until a major record label came calling; the band flirte

収録曲   

  • 01. Two Hearts Down
  • 02. The Arrow
  • 03. Same Mistakes
  • 04. Three in the Mornin'
  • 05. Nobody's Business
  • 06. Shepherd's Song
  • 07. Peach Pickin'
  • 08. Soul of Man
  • 09. Tall Trees
  • 10. Ain't My Fault
  • 11. Go To Sleep

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