The Lil Smokies new album out Friday

When people see The Lil Smokies setting up their acoustic instruments, they’re often unprepared for the electric energy they generate. The band captures that same dynamic presence on their new album, Changing Shades, delivering their exceptional songwriting and bluegrass roots with the punch of a rock band.

“We wanted to duplicate the energy of our live shows. It’s a perfect mixture of improvisation and composition. The record shows how fearless we’ve become in the last year,” says Andy Dunnigan, lead songwriter, singer and dobro player. They cut Changing Shades in a lighthearted, week-long session at SnowGhost Music in Whitefish, MT with engineer Brett Allen (The Avett Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, Béla Fleck) and co-producer Rob Gordon (Elephant Revival). “It was a breeze,” Dunnigan says. “Rob got us to focus on what makes each song special. We refined and recorded them live, together in one room, just like on stage.”

The band will be touring nationally to support Changing Shades, including Campfire Caravan from September 26 through November 18—a tour with The Brothers Comatose and Mipso, where all three bands rotate in lineup with no single ensemble acting as the headliner. Dunnigan reflects,“Last year, we did 175 shows and lived on the road. We eat, sleep and breathe music. We’re road warriors—mobile, sonic proselytizers with banjos.”

The first incarnation of The Lil Smokies got together in Missoula, Montana, during the winter of 2009. Through the years, the band transformed and settled into the current lineup—Scott Parker on bass; Jake Simpson on fiddle; Matt Rieger on guitar; Matt Cornette on banjo and Dunnigan on dobro. Previously, the band has won the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Band competition and took home the 2016 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year award. They’ve also wowed fans at the High Sierra, FreshGrass, Telluride Bluegrass, Grey Fox, Del Fest, Floyd Fest and String Summit festivals, to name a few.

THE LIL SMOKIES TOUR DATES

SEP 13 NASHVILLE, TN AMERICANA FEST SEP 15-17 NORTH ADAMS, MA FRESH GRASS SEP 16 FLAGSTAFF, AZ PICKIN’ IN THE PINES SEP 20 LOUISVILLE, KY ZANZABAR

SEP 20-24 CHAMPAIGN, IL PYGMALION FESTIVAL SEP 20-24 WINONA, MN BOATS AND BLUEGRASS SEP 21 ST. LOUIS, MO THE STAGE @ KDHX

SEP 26 BILLINGS, MT PUB STATION*

SEP 27 BOZEMAN, MT THE EMERSON CENTER FOR ARTS & CULTURE* SEP 28 MISSOULA, MT THE WILMA*

SEP 29 PORTLAND, OR CRYSTAL BALLROOM* SEP 30 SEATTLE, WA NEUMOS*

OCT 1 EUGENE, OR HIFI MUSIC HALL* OCT 3 SACRAMENTO, CA HARLOW’S*

OCT 4 PASO ROBLES, CA BARRELHOUSE BREWING CO* OCT 5 LOS ANGELES, CA BOOTLEG THEATER*

OCT 6-7 SAN FRANCISCO, CA GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL* OCT 8 FELTON, CA DON QUIXOTES

OCT 10 BOISE, ID NEUROLUX*

OCT 11 SALT LAKE CITY, UT URBAN LOUNGE* OCT 12 DENVER, CO OGDEN THEATRE*

OCT 13 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO IVYWILD SCHOOL* OCT 14 FORT COLLINS, CO AGGIE THEATRE*

NOV  2  MINNEAPOLIS,  MN  THE  CEDAR* NOV 3 MADISON, WI HIGH NOON SALOON* NOV 4 CHICAGO, IL LICOLN HALL*

NOV 5 FERNDALE, MI OTUS SUPPLY*

NOV 7 PITTSBURGH, PA JAMES STREET BALLROOM* NOV 9 CAMBRIDGE, MA THE SINCLAIR*

NOV 10 NEW YORK, NY BOWERY BALLROOM*

NOV 11 PHILADELPHIA, PA ARDMORE MUSIC HALL* NOV 12 WASHINGTON, DC 9:30 CLUB*

NOV 14 CHARLOTTE, NC NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE* NOV 15 NASHVILLE, TN MERCY LOUNGE*

NOV 16 ATLANTA, GA TERMINAL WEST* NOV 17 RALEIGH, NC LINCOLN THEATRE* NOV 18 ASHEVILLE, NC ORANGE PEEL*

* Campfire Caravan with The Brothers Comatose and Mipso

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