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Kicking off Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival with an intimate concert with Cruz Contreras of The Black Lillies.
Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and producer Cruz Contreras has roots in Tennessee and Michigan, but has impacted Americana music worldwide.
The front man, founder, and driving force behind The Black Lillies’ raw and rootsy sound also co-founded Robinella and the CCstringband, and has collaborated with musicians ranging from John Oates and Jim Lauderdale to Langhorne Slim and The Turnpike Troubadours. Cruz’s projects have topped both the Billboard and Americana radio charts, won Independent Music Awards, and been nominated for the Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award.
Cruz has appeared on nationally broadcast television including Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CMT, VH-1, GAC, Bluegrass Underground and PBS Television’s Sun Studio Sessions. Cruz writes and arranges all of The Black Lillies’ material, which has been lauded by outlets as diverse as American Songwriter Magazine, RollingStone, NPR’s Morning Edition and Vanity Fair.
520 Birthplace of Country Music Way
Bristol, TN 37620