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
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, »»»
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 »»»
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The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
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