The Sweet Lillies w/ Greenwood Rye

The Sweet Lillies w/ Greenwood Rye

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The Sweet Lillies w/ Greenwood Rye

The Sweet Lillies’ music is, first and foremost, heartfelt and collaborative. Those defining traits are given life by the trio of musicians who make up the Lillies, Julie Gussaroff, Becca Bisque, and Dustin Rohleder, who have combined their individual strengths together to deliver powerful narratives of life in song. With their acoustic string-band lineup of guitar, viola, and upright bass given flight by ethereal, vocal harmonies that float like a dream, the Sweet Lillies’ music has an old-time soul with a forward-looking eye. The Sweet Lillies have incorporated all of their cumulative life-experiences into their music, their song-writing, and their artistry, crafting an uncommonly-beautiful style they have christened String-Americana – a nod to the band’s all encompassing musical tastes and willingness to experiment with genres. As Gussaroff explains, “Some musicians learn from teachers, some learn from family members, and some are self taught. Some musicians are classically trained, some come up through folk, some draw from multiple springs, from hip hop through pop to bebop. In the Lillies’ all of these skill sets are valuable, relevant, and appreciated.”

Greenwood Rye

Greenwood Rye is a modern jam-grass band, formed in Nashville as the house band for the award-winning bluegrass supper club, Jane’s Hideaway. The band, led by Shawn Spencer (Seven Handle Circus) on Guitar and Vocals, and a main cast of Cat McDonald (Fiddle, Vox), David Freeman (Mandolin, Vox), Taylor Shuck (Banjo), & Andy Brown (Upright Bass)

The group writes fun, modern songs that are rooted in bluegrass, throwing in some jam-band tendencies, and an occasional kick-drum or delay pedal.  And they love performing fresh renditions of eclectic covers of all genres done with the beautiful sounds of acoustic bluegrass instruments.

The band also features regular appearances by some of Nashville’s greatest young bluegrass players including Oliver Craven (Straybirds, Western Centuries), Frank Evans (Slocan Ramblers), Sasha Ostrovsky (Bering Straight, Darius Rucker), Gideon Klein (Rodney Atkins), Josh Rilko (Sierra Ferrell, Lindsey Lou), Tony Aichelle (Travis Tritt, Morgan Wallen), CJ Colendrea (Clay Walker, Alan Jackson), Tristen Norfleet, Larry Cook (Tony Trishka), and others filling out roles on Fiddle, Mandolin, Bass, Dobro, and Banjo.

Spencer previously fronted Seven Handle Circus, who took their modern bluegrass-fusion style on tour, playing with bands like Mumford and Sons, Zack Brown Band, and Justin Townes Earle as well as their own headlining shows across the country.  Their album “Whiskey Still and Sleeping Pill” climbed to #86 on the AMA Americana Chart.  They were featured on Conan, People Magazine, Paste Magazine, Guitar World, Bluegrass Situation and more.