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John Lilly
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  • Charleston, WV
  • United States
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John Lilly available November

Greetings from West Virginia! I will be touring the UK this November and would love to have a few more gigs to play. I plan to arrive around November 6 and am available the rest of the month. I will be in the Kingdom of Fife on November 15, and hope to do a few things in Europe later in the month.

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John Lilly is known as a singer, songwriter, folklorist and historian.

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"Good News/Bad News"

"This Old Knife"


"In Time"

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Posted on February 13, 2009 at 17:37

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John Lilly is a multi-talented acoustic music performer from Charleston, West Virginia, specializing in Americana, roots country, and traditional folk music.
His creative original songs recall the sounds of earlier generations. According to one reviewer, "If Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, he'd be John Lilly." John is much in demand as an authority on the music of Jimmie Rodgers, regularly appearing at Jimmie Rodgers tributes and festivals all over the world.
John has released three self-produced CDs. "Broken Moon," released in 2000, earned enthusiastic reviews and widespread radio airplay. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called it one of the "most unusual and interesting acoustic disks of the year." John's second CD, "Last Chance to Dance," released in 2003, debuted forth in Europe on the Euro-Americana radio chart. His third CD, "Blue Highway," released in 2005, is a collaboration with legendary Tennessee fiddler Ralph Blizard. A new album is due out this summer, tentatively titled "Haunted Honky Tonk." Stay tuned for details!.
In 2005, he won the international 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."
Born in Illinois in 1954. 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 the West Virginia state heritage magazine Goldenseal.

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Artist:John Lilly

Title: Cold Comfort

Label: Javelina Records


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I have hard copy cd's available of the Album  if you would preffer, or need for broadcast, let me know by return and I'll dispatch.

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 play download John Lilly— Come and Go

Award-winning country music songwriter John Lilly launched Cold Comfort with an all-star concert in Austin on February 6. The concert was held at legendary Austin venue Threadgill’s South . The album recorded primarily at Cherry Ridge Studio in Floresville, Texas, Cold Comfort has received an enthusiastic media welcome, achieving the #1 position on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) radio ch

“The prize money helped me fund part of the recording project”
Lilly says.
art for both Nov. & Dec. & placing in the top five on the Euro Americana radio chart for Dec. Jan & Feb ..  The Launch Show  included Austin-based guitarist Bill Kirchen, fiddler Bobby Flores, piano  Floyd Domino, pedal steel Tommy Detamore, vocalist Brennen Leigh, bass Ric Ramirez & drums Tom Lewis, all of whom appear on the CD. Detamore was also the producer. The first track, “Come and Go,” features twin guitar playing by nationally respected guitar slingers Sonny Landreth & Bill Kirchen. The story began when Lilly earned $5,000 for the song from Midas & Spin, by winning their “Next Great Road Song” songwriting competition in 2010. 

“The prize money helped me fund part of the recording project”Lilly says..

John makes his home in Charleston, West Virginia, but has visited Austin periodically for the past 10 years.He was determined to put a Texas flavour to this collection of songs  & was introduced to producer Tommy Detamore by mutual friend Bill Kirchen.  The CD has been released on Lilly’s own Javelina Records and is available online at or from CD Also making an appearance on the album, friend and fellow West Virginian Tim O'Brien, pedal steel ace and man on slide behind Hank Snow for so many years Kayton Roberts, Johnny Staats, Mike Bub, and Skip Edwards. 

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At 19:05 on January 21, 2009, The Medicine Show - Rob Ellen said…
Big fan of John Lillys weve traveled to Thomas Fraser Fest in Shetland together and done very many listening rooms, Ive added "Who Broke the Dee Jays Heart" the nearest thing to Hank alive today.
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