Smart Bets: The Black Lillies

Knoxville, Tenn.-based Americana outfit The Black Lillies is fronted by Cruz Contreras ( previously the “CC” of Robinella and the CCstringband). Following the release of his solo album, Whiskey Angel, Cruz, according to his bio, "assembled a crackerjack team of pickers, players and singers who have what it takes to put meat on those songs.” Musicians include guitarist Tom Pryor and drummer Jamie Cook (both of The Everybodyfields), bassist Robert Richards, and vocalist Trisha Gene Brady. It’s a recipe for success: The band has already taken home Independent Music Awards honors in 2009 and 2012. They play Pisgah Brewing Company on Friday, Jan. 18. 9 p.m., $10 (shuttle by Asheville Adventure Rentals for $15 per person). http://pisgahbrewing.com

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