Lillie Mae

Photo by Misael Arriaga

Lillie Mae is set to release the follow up to release the follow up to 2017’s excellent Forever and Then Some. Lillie plays an honest brand of Americana and is one of the better fiddle players you’ll come across. I caught a set that year at SXSW and came away a fan. Lucky for me, I’ll be seeing her on Sunday in Milwaukee. Here’s some more info from the PR team.

With the release of new single “Terlingua Girl,” Lillie Mae reveals a second, stunning and spine-tingling glimpse into sophomore album Other Girls, out August 16th on Third Man Records. Set in a wild West-Texan ghost town and written during her days as a nomadic 19-year-old, the song recounts another self-awakening behind an LP of reclaimed strength, produced by Dave Cobb in Nashville’s RCA Studio A.

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When I caught Lillie Mae, I was fresh off the high of seeing Tommy Stinson’s band Bash & Pop play at Hotel Vegas. As I bounded down Red River singing On The Rocks, I thought there was no way that Lillie Mae would hit those lofty heights.

She did and this album dies. Lillie Mae has been a performing musician since the age of nine, and Forever And Then Some sees her stepping out from Jack White’s touring band. The crux of this album is Americana but she seems to ease in and out of so many facets of the genre, sometimes within the same song, with such ease that you almost take for granted how stunningly talented she is.

There are numerous highlights throughout the album. Loaner is flat-out gorgeous weeper; reminds me of some of the beset heartbreaking tunes that The Everybodyfields put out a few years back. Her fiddle playing is out of this world on this track.

Over The Hills And Through The Woods shows off Mae’s feisty side. This was a highlight of her SXSW set and you can see why in the Conan video below. Honky Tonks And Taverns is a catchy upbeat weeper that feels radio-ready; you know if country radio didn’t insist on playing shit all the time.

During her set, my friend Scott looked over to me and simply said, “She’s the real deal.” I couldn’t agree more.

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Album Cover Photo by Laura Partain

I first learned of Lillie Mae from this video of duets that Luck Reunion and Third Man Records released last year. For those who haven’t seen it, it is essentially a bunch of ridiculously talented people drinking Tito’s and singing duets. I’d heard of everybody else seen in that video, other than Lillie Rae Rische. First off she has gnarly mohawk and second is that her voice is delightful. On 4/14, she’s going to be releasing Forever and Then Some via the fine folks at Third Man Records. Here’s some info on the album.

Lillie Mae has been singing and playing on stages across the country since she could stand on her own two feet. FOREVER AND THEN SOME sees the Nashville-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist weaving her own extraordinary experiences with the myriad strains of Americana to create a breathtaking song cycle of romance and struggle, solitude and adventure. Songs like “Wash Me Clean” and “Honky Tonks and Taverns” stand out as snapshots of intimacies, encounters, and moments that matter, reverberating with earnest emotion and restless creative energy. Produced by 12-time GRAMMY┬« Award-winner Jack White III at Third Man Studio in Nashville, FOREVER AND THEN SOME affirms Lillie Mae as a remarkably gifted musical storyteller, a bright new star that’s been here all along.

Lillie Mae will be at SXSW. I plan on taking in a set.

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