John Lilly will play a fine acoustic concert on Friday, October 26th, at 7:00 PM.
John Lilly is a multi-talented acoustic music performer from Charleston,
West Virginia, specializing in Americana, country roots, and traditional
folk music. He writes new songs that sound as old as the hills, and
performs older songs like they were made yesterday. According to one
reviewer, “If Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, he’d be John Lilly.”
John has released six self-produced CDs. His latest, “Cold Comfort”, debuted
at the #1 position on the Freeform American Root (FAR) radio chart and features
guest artists Bill Kirchen, Sonny Landreth and Tim O’Brien. “Haunted Honky Tonk”
achieved the #1 position on both the Freeform American Roots (FAR) and the Euro
Americana radio charts in 2007. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called John’s 2002
“Broken Moon” release one of the “most unusual and interesting acoustic disks of
the year.” His 2005 CD “Blue Highway” is a collaboration with legendary
Tennessee fiddler Ralph Blizard. "John Lilly Live on Red Barn Radio," released
in 2010, features Lilly in an intimate solo setting.
John is recognized internationally as a powerful performing songwriter. He was
the winner of the 2010 “Next Great Road Song” contest, sponsored by Midas and
Spin. His song “Come and Go” placed first in the acoustic category, out of more
than 1,200 song entries. In 2005, he won the national Ghost Writers In the Sky
songwriting contest, sponsored by HankFest, a Chicago-based festival honoring
the music of Hank Williams. John won a customized guitar for his original song
“Blue Highway”. He was a finalist in the 2002 Chris Austin Songwriting
Competition at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, chosen from 853 entries
and placing third in the Country category for his song "Broken Moon". John
Lilly’s 2008 and 2010 Mountain Stage radio performances are available at NPR Music.
John was born in Illinois in 1954 and has traveled and performed widely, including
three tours of Scotland and visits to 48 states. A former member of the Green
Grass Cloggers dance team, John spent years playing traditional string band music
with groups including Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers. He is a former
a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, and is
currently editor of West Virginia’s Goldenseal magazine.
John Lilly's brand of folk fused with country and Americana is a sure crowd pleaser. He's the only guy I can possibly imagine could write a song about his pocketknife ("This Old Knife") and actually make a very compelling tune out of it. Lilly is highly respected amongst folk, country and old-time musicians all across West Virginia, and when you see his incredibly confident, comfortable and easy style of live performance, it's not difficult to see why.
-– Dr. Tim, On-line Entertainment Guide
Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$10 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!