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Rice, The Lil Smokies drop new music

Friday, January 24, 2020 – In a surprise, Chase Rice released a seven-song EP, ""The Album Part I" today . Look for another release later this year. Rice had a hand in writing four of the songs. Rice had a big hit last year with "Eyes on You," which isn't on the EP.

The Lil Smokies, an acoustic/bluegrass band from Montana, releases its third album, "Tornillo." The group recorded the set in Texas. Andy Dunnigan (vocals, Dobro), Matt "Rve" Rieger (guitar, vocals) and Jake Simpson (fiddle, vocals) with Matt Cornette (banjo) and Scott Parker (bass) comprise the band.

CD reviews for The Lil Smokies

Tornillo CD review - Tornillo
The band name may suggest Appalachia and in some respects their sound does, but Lil Smokies hail from Montana, and deliver "Tornillo," their third release, which is named for the town where the studio for this release, Sonic Ranch, is located. Producer/engineer Bill Reynolds (The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses) helmed this project with the five piece frequently touring unit that boasts three songwriters. They are Andy Dunnigan (vocals, Dobro), Matt "Rve" Rieger (guitar, »»»
Changing Shades CD review - Changing Shades
The Lil Smokies represent that new breed of bluegrass bands that are more concerned with finding a common connection that being held sway by any traditional back porch precepts. Having established themselves as festival favorites, they have all the makings of populist heroes, given their knack for spinning easily accessible melodies and creating a homespun sound that charms and entices on first encounter. "Changing Shades" serves as an ideal introduction with 10 instantly gravitating »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: For Brooks and fans, a most unusual change of pace – To say that this was a change of pace for Garth Brooks - not to mention his fans - would be an understatement of the highest degree. Brooks all but begged during the show to be playing next door at Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots play. But, alas, Brooks exuded joy and excitement at the chance to play before about 500 people at a club,... »»»
Concert Review: LBT proves more than capable – If you have seen Little Big Town in the last decade, it could have been anywhere from a B stage at a Rib Fest to a 20,000-seat amphitheater as the opener for some of country's top acts. Their current "Nightfall" tour rightfully proves they are more than capable and well deserved being billed as a top headlining act.... »»»
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