Official "Stranger to Me" Album Release Celebration
Friday, September 28th, 2018
Central Filling Station
Join us for a hometown party to celebrate the release of The Black Lillies' new album, "Stranger to Me" (officially dropping that day via Thirty Tigers). We'll take over a favorite neighborhood hang, Central Filling Station, on Friday Sept. 28 and throw a shindig you won't soon forget! Food trucks, cold drinks, and great music, all in one of Knoxville's best neighborhoods, Happy Holler. What could be better? Well ... rolling the party into the next day! On Saturday, Sept. 29 we'll host the third Black Lillies Hangover Bowl at Maple Hall in Downtown Knoxville. It's a bowling party like no other! The Black Lillies have become one of Americana music’s biggest success stories: an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries between genres. They are mainstay on radio and album sales charts, with a sound that is as powerful in the quieter moments as it is explosive during the jubilant ones. The band’s pared down configuration has resulted in a bigger, deeper sound built on undeniable chemistry, lush three-part harmonies, and instrumental virtuosity with a funky edge. The newly invigorated lineup has collaborated on songwriting duties for the first time, resulting in music that feels both familiar and distinctly modern, with a fuller, more robust sound and sharp, crisp tunes that feel like a revelation. Happy Holler is where the band lives, works and plays when they aren't on tour. It's the neighborhood where the first two albums were recorded; and businesses in the area have inspired songs. And they are thrilled to be able to bring this celebration to the part of town they love so much, to hang with hometown friends and to introduce it to fans from around the world. The show will be opened by Brian Paddock & The American Gentlemen, who will also be celebrating the release of a new album. At 30 years old, despite spending a lifetime dreaming of being a musician, Brian Paddock couldn't carry a tune or strum a single chord on the guitar. At the insistence of his then girlfriend, now wife, Paddock began to work on and study the songwriting craft. Four years later, in 2014, Paddock co-founded Knoxville, TN based roots rock band Shimmy & the Burns. With Paddock as the front man and primary songwriter, Shimmy & the Burns proceeded to release two critically-acclaimed full length studio records and tour throughout the Southeastern US. Recently, with Shimmy & the Burns on hiatus, Paddock recruited a cadre of the finest musicians Knoxville has to offer and, with their help, tracked his debut solo effort entitled, “Under New Management”, which is due for release September 28th. In an early review of the album, Goldmine Magazine states, “Delivering driving tunes of clear conviction or musing on contemplative, heartfelt narrative ballads imbued with sensitivity and substance... Paddock creates songs that feel both poignant and pointed... Simply superb."