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This debut recording by The Black Lillies was lauded as one of the top releases of 2009 by publications throughout the country and selected as the Independent Music Award's audience choice (Vox Pop) Best Americana Album of the Year. In January, 2009 singer and songwriter Cruz Contreras called upon his friends to come together to help him record a few tunes over the course of a sleepless weekend in the living room of his cozy apartment in Knoxville, Tennessee. That weekend proved to be momentous - resulting in the release of "Whiskey Angel" and the subsequent formation of a band that would quickly take the Americana scene by storm: The Black Lillies.
Recorded and engineered by Scott Minor (Sparklehorse) Music & Lyrics by Cruz Contreras Cruz Contreras: Vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin Leah Gardner: Vocals, acoustic guitar Tom Pryor: Electric guitar, pedal steel, "Bic Lighter Slide" (track 6) Taylor Coker: Bass (all tracks except 7, 9, and 10) Jeff Woods: Bass (tracks 7, 9 and 10) Jamie Cook: Drums Billy Contreras: Fiddle Deric Dickens: Drums (track 3) Mike Seal: Electric guitar (track 3) Matt Morelock: Banjo (track 1) Scott Minor: Plastic bag (track 6) Wes Caylor: Acoustic guitar (track 11) Produced by Cruz Contreras