Smart bets web extra: The Black Lillies

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Americana act The Black Lillies, from Knoxville, features vocalist Cruz Contreras, formerly of Robinella and the CCstringband (he’s the CC). After that group split, Cruz went through some hard times and it took him awhile to find his way back to music. Following the release of his solo album, Whiskey Angel, Cruz, according to his band bio, “assembled a crackerjack team of pickers, players and singers who have what it takes to put meat on those songs. Tom Pryor made a name for himself playing pedal steel for damn near any band that could talk him into it; drummer Jamie Cook anchored the rhythm section for Americana darlings the everybodyfields; harmony vocalist Trisha Gene Brady can wail like a hellcat or purr like a wildcat… Bassist Robert Richards is the latest addition to the band, and under his steely-eyed gaze, no bass, stand-up or electric, stands a chance.”

The Black Lillies perform at the Altamont Theatre on Saturday, March 3. 8:30 p.m., $20.

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Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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