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For the Record

TBL are doing it all for the record: join them on their journey to create a new album with producer Jamie Candiloro!

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We’re doing it all for the record.

That’s what keeps running through my mind: the thought that I’ll do whatever it takes to make the best album of my lifetime. As The Black Lillies approach record number five I could not feel more fortunate, grateful, or optimistic. We’ve navigated changes, challenges, and opportunities, and ultimately we’ve found ourselves in a unique and exhilarating position. We have the band, the songs, the dedication, and the focus – and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been up to!

What a journey it has been! The Black Lillies formed in my living room in North Knoxville nine years ago.  The formula was simple.  Make music with your friends, pour your heart out, drink a little whiskey, share the music with your community and see where it goes! Since then we’ve played on some of the most storied stages in the country, toured overseas, driven a gazillion miles, met amazing people near and far, and become part of a musical family that brings creativity, emotion and celebration to life.

It seems the biggest challenges bring the biggest rewards. The past couple of years have brought significant lineup changes to the band, resulting in a rotating cast of stellar musicians playing as guns for hire.  Initially, many of the songs and shows benefited from a renewed energy and fresh approach. However, there is no substitute for a consistent and dedicated lineup that works together, plays together, and develops a chemistry that cannot otherwise be replicated. This rebuilding process took hold with the addition of Sam Quinn, a longtime friend and a musician with a cult following due to his role as one half of the driving force behind indie folk favorites the everybodyfields as well as his solo work.  He initially signed on to fill in for four shows but after one weekend on the road, we realized the chemistry was undeniable. Sam is still riding shotgun and leading conversations across our fair land!  Later in the year, Victoria, Texas native and guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Dustin Schaefer, previously of Micky and the Motorcars, jumped into the mix. Bringing a third voice and rock n’ roll edge to the band, Dustin completed the four-piece equation.

This lineup of Bowman, Sam, Dustin, and yours truly have become something I’ve always dreamed of experiencing: a band in the most complete sense.  There is vision and dedication, respect and work ethic. We collaborate, we hang out on and off the road.  And with this new project each members’ voice (whether vocal, instrumental, or lyrically) will be heard.  This will be the most truly Black Lillies record to date.
We’ve been writing and arranging via our weekly Sprinter Sessions (thesprintersessions.com) and band retreats at Hightop Mountain in East Knox County.  The production of this record will be the most refined to date, all the while being executed, for the first time, exclusively by the band. There are no guest musicians this time, and yet the songs sound fuller and lusher than ever before, with deep three-part harmonies and double electric guitar.

We’ve enlisted the production mastery of L.A. based Jamie Candiloro.  You’ve heard his skills at work on Ryan Adams’ Easy Tiger, Willie Nelson’s Songbird, records by R.E.M… The Eagles, Luscious Jackson and many others.  Jamie’s engineering expertise, attention to detail, and commitment to “the song” will give us the opportunity to capture the most compelling performances, sounds and arrangements for your listening pleasure.

Once again, we’ve partnered with PledgeMusic to give you the opportunity to pre-order the album. You’ll be kept up-to-date with the entire creative process through videos, photos and blogs. Plus, we’re offering a comprehensive list of exclusive benefits as a token of our appreciation. Check them out (to the right) and find the item or experience that’s perfect for you (or any other Black Lillies fan in your life!).

Your pledge will afford us adequate time and resources for tracking, mixing, mastering, design, packaging, and marketing this album. As independent artists, your involvement makes it possible for us to create an album that we believe will be a game changer without bending to the wills of a traditional record deal. And most importantly, it allows us to have a direct relationship with you – one where we can share the entire process of creating a song, showing you the journey from the first rough sketch through the first band arrangement on to the finished product. What record label is going to give you that?

For the record … we have the best people in the world on our team. (I’m talking about you!) It’s not fair to call you “fans” because you’re so much more than that. You’re friends. You’re our promoters, our support, and the reason we’re able to make music without compromising our integrity. Whether you’ve followed the band since those first shows at The Square Room or Barley’s in Knoxville, discovered us at a festival like New Orleans Jazzfest, Bonnaroo or Cayamo, or you just heard us for the first time last week – you’re part of The Black Lillies family. Thank you. This album is for you.

So spread the word, take a look at the exclusives, and join us on this journey … for the record! 
Cheers,
Cruz Contreras

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AccessPass: Digital Download of New Album

Digital Download of New Album
$10
10.00
Available

You’ll receive a digital download of our new album as soon as the music is ready – before the CD’s have even been pressed!

Pvt Pledger Event at Knoxville’s Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival

Pvt Pledger Event at Knoxville’s Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival
$55
55.00
Available

Join us (May 2019) for a special pledger-only event at our hometown festival, Rhythm N’ Blooms in Knoxville, TN. It’s the festival’s tenth anniversary and we’re performing on the main stage, PLUS we’ll do an additional private show just for you at an undisclosed location within the festival footprint! Package includes one weekend pass to the 2019 Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival, access to the private performance, and an autographed copy of our new album, Stranger to Me.

✓ Includes digital download

New Album on CD

New Album on CD
$15
15.00
Available

The new album available on CD.

✓ Includes digital download

Signed CD

Signed CD
$20
20.00
Available

The new album on CD, signed by all four band members.

✓ Includes digital download

Vinyl Record

Vinyl Record
$35
35.00
Available

You like it old school. So do we, so we’ll mail you a copy of the new album on vinyl. Please note that this will take about a month longer to receive than CD (but it will sound oh so good!). While you’re waiting, you’ll get a digital download of the album as soon as it is released.

✓ Includes digital download

Signed & Personalized Vinyl

Signed & Personalized Vinyl
$45
45.00
Available

You like it old school. So do we, so we’ll mail you a copy of the new album on vinyl, personalized to you and signed by all four members of the band. Please note that this will take about a month longer to receive than CD (but it will sound oh so good!). While you’re waiting, you’ll get a digital download of the album as soon as it is released.

✓ Includes digital download

Postcards From The Road

Postcards From The Road
$25
25.00
12 left

Bowman and Sam will each send you a personalized postcard from the road.

✓ Includes digital download

Exclusive T-Shirt

Exclusive T-Shirt
$30
30.00
Available

Exclusive t-shirt design just for pledgers. Pick your size and let everyone know that you supported The Black Lillies!

✓ Includes digital download

Handwritten Lyric Book

Handwritten Lyric Book
$30
30.00
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Trace the evolution of our songs from the initial notes to revised lyrics and final versions. We’ve collected all of our handwritten notes and lyrics, which we will scan and compile into a book for you.

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Lyric Tumblers

Lyric Tumblers
$60
60.00
All gone!

Headwaters Pottery has taken Cruz’s handwritten lyrics to songs that will be included on this album, and overglazed them onto handmade tumblers. Choose between “Out of the Blue” (“Angel eyes and a devil’s grin, stand your ground and jump right in”), and “Midnight Stranger” (“Got that sunset feelin’, late night dreamin’ comin’ on”). Due to the handmade nature of this item, there will be slight variations. Handwash only.

✓ Includes digital download

Mystery Box

Mystery Box
$75
75.00
All gone!

We’ve collected a lot of stuff on the road, and we’ll pull some of it together for you. What you’ll receive is a surprise ….. some may be useful, some funny, some just plain odd.

✓ Includes digital download

Phone Call from Your Favorite Band Member

Phone Call from Your Favorite Band Member
$90
90.00
Available

Let’s chat for a few on the phone. Music, politics, the new album ….pick your favorite band member and he will give you a call! (Select the band member you’d like to have call you from the drop down menu, and enter your phone number.)

✓ Includes digital download

Handwritten Lyric Sheet

Handwritten Lyric Sheet
$125
125.00
4 left

Choose your favorite Black Lillies song and we will handwrite the lyrics especially for you, suitable for framing.

✓ Includes digital download

Your Name In The Liner Notes + Signed CD

Your Name In The Liner Notes + Signed CD
$150
150.00
All gone!

You’ll be part of the new album – literally – with your name appearing in a special section of the album’s liner notes. Plus, we’ll send you a copy of the CD, signed by the band! (Photo shown is an example of the liner notes in our last album.)

✓ Includes digital download

Signed Test Pressing of Vinyl Album

Signed Test Pressing of Vinyl Album
$250
250.00
All gone!

An exclusive signed, limited edition test pressing of the vinyl album.

✓ Includes digital download

Autographed Black Lillies Graphic Guitar

Autographed Black Lillies Graphic Guitar
$400
400.00
5 left

Acoustic guitar wrapped with Black Lillies logo art and autographed by all four of the guys. Perfect for displaying on a wall!

Please note: Domestic Shipping is included in this price. International shipping costs will be addressed before shipping.

✓ Includes digital download

Dinner and a Show

Dinner and a Show
$500
500.00
Available

You and a friend will grab dinner with the band, then see the show! Available in the town of your choice pending band availability and schedule. Includes dinner and tickets for the show.

✓ Includes digital download

Create the set list + backstage hang

Create the set list + backstage hang
$1,250
1250.00
Available

Join the band backstage before a show and work with Cruz and Bowman to create that evening’s set list. You’ll receive a handwritten copy of “your” set list and a pair of tickets to enjoy the show you helped create! Plus, you and your guest will have backstage access to hang with the band. (Festival performances and venues with tight backstage security may not be possible.)

✓ Includes digital download

Roadie for a day!

Roadie for a day!
$1,500
1500.00
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Join The Black Lillies on tour: stink up the van, sleep on the floor, haul gear, sling some merch and experience the rock & roll lifestyle ….. just like we do! Plus, you get to experience Bowman’s question of the day, Cruz’s directional skills (hint: they aren’t as great as he claims), Sam’s Mexican food sculptures, and Dustin’s Frisbee skills. You might even get to join in on a gas station workout! This will last for up to 24 hours (if you don’t get tired of us first), in a mutually-agreed-upon location.

✓ Includes digital download

Custom song written for you

Custom song written for you
$2,500
2500.00
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Cruz or Sam (your choice) will write a custom song for you, about the person or subject of your choice. Then, he’ll videotape a performance of it for you.

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Private Solo Show by Cruz

Private Solo Show by Cruz
$2,500
2500.00
2 left

Performance by Cruz at the location of your choice on a mutually agreeable date (August preferred, but we will work with you to find a suitable date). Limit 75 attendees. Additional travel expenses may apply if the show isn’t routed.

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Private Show

Private Show
$5,000
5000.00
4 left

Performance at the location of your choice on a mutually agreeable date. Additional travel expenses may apply if the band isn’t already routed. Band will provide all instruments and can provide a small sound system if needed. (Contact us if you have a group smaller than 50 people to discuss other options.)

Limit 200 guests. Contact us if you have fewer than 50 guests to discuss other options.

✓ Includes digital download

Artwork Print by Dustin

Artwork Print by Dustin
$175
175.00
15 left

Did you know that Dustin Schaefer, in addition to being an incredible musician, is also a hell of an artist? Get your very own signed, limited edition print by Dustin.

✓ Includes digital download

*Please Note: The attached image is an example of Dustin’s work, but is no longer available for sale.

Bowman’s Book Club

Bowman’s Book Club
$350
350.00
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Bowman will select four books and send you one each quarter for a year, with a handwritten inscription and questions to consider as you read. Then, you and the other participants in the book club will join Bowman via phone for a discussion of the book. You’ll also have access to an online discussion group where you can connect with Bowman and the other members.

✓ Includes digital download

Journal by Sam

Journal by Sam
$400
400.00
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A journal with handwritten, doodled and illustrated content by Sam Quinn. Please note that Sam’s artwork often features nudity.

✓ Includes digital download

Hiking, hot springs, mini golf? You choose!

Hiking, hot springs, mini golf? You choose!
$750
750.00
2 left

Hang out with us when we’re in your town! We can go to a bar, play mini golf, climb mountains, soak in hot springs, or just hang in your backyard. It’s up to you! Based on schedule availability and tour routing. You’ll get a minimum of two hours with the band and can bring up to three friends. Does not include the cost of the activities selected.

✓ Includes digital download

Dirt Biking with Cruz & Cash

Dirt Biking with Cruz & Cash
$1,000
1000.00
2 left

Head for the hills on a dirt biking excursion with Cruz and his son Cash! A truly unique opportunity to hang and have some fun. Must take place in East Tennessee unless other arrangements are made in advance.

✓ Includes digital download

Marmot Whiskey Tumbler

Marmot Whiskey Tumbler
$60
60.00
All gone!

Headwaters Pottery has handmade whiskey tumblers with depictions of each band member as a marmot. Why a marmot? We’ll tell you over whiskey! Choose El Marmito (Cruz), Ol’ Bomz (Bowman), The Quinner (Sam) or Sunshine (Dustin) … or collect all four, just like the Burger King Muppets glasses in the 1980s.

✓ Includes digital download

Cruz’s Guitar

Cruz’s Guitar
$1,100
1100.00
All gone!

You could be the new owner of Cruz’s vintage 1950s Kay archtop electric guitar! He’s toured with it, played it in videos, and now it can be yours. He bought it in Ft. Collins, CO at a barbershop of all places, then had work done to the fretwork and put in a pickup so that it could be a true player’s guitar. It’s got a bluesy tone (Cruz used it every time he played “Blues Stay Away”), volume and tone knobs, and can be autographed by request if you’d like. Comes with a case covered in stickers from The Black Lillies’ travels.

Please note: Domestic Shipping is included in this price. International shipping costs will be addressed before shipping.

✓ Includes digital download

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