The Lil Smokies bring their unique blend of songwriting, bluegrass roots and the sheer raw energy of a rock band to the Door County Brewing Co. Music Hall in Baileys Harbor on June 15, 7 pm for the Door County Brewing Company 5th Anniversary Celebration.
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,” said Andy Dunnigan, lead songwriter, singer and dobro player. They cut Changing Shades in a lighthearted, week-long session at SnowGhost Music in Whitefish, Montana., with engineer Brett Allen and co-producer Rob Gordon.
The first incarnation of The Lil Smokies got together in Missoula, Mont., during the winter of 2009. 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 doors open at 6 pm for this free show. For more information visit DoorCountyMusicHall.com.