The Lil’ Smokies are making more noise than just about any up-and-coming bluegrass band in the country right now, and they’re coming to Boone right in the middle of a monster nationwide tour. Murphy’s Pub has landed the young, award-winning group for a Wednesday night that will be chock-full of sensational stringed music.
The quintet from Missoula, Montana have been around for six years now, and are starting to get some serious recognition from the bluegrass community with their unique, melody-driven blend of traditional bluegrass and newgrass, and an infectious chemistry in their live performance. One of the big launching points for The Lil’ Smokies was being crowned champions of the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, a very prestigious award that has been won in the past by the likes of Greensky Bluegrass, Nora Jane Struthers & The Bootleggers, Trout Steak Revival and even The Dixie Chicks. Just last weekend The Smokies took home the Momentum Award for Best Band of 2016 at the International Bluegrass Music Association Award Show in Raleigh, North Carolina. They stuck after accepting the award to play the next night at Lincoln Theatre, as part of the IBMA World of Bluegrass Ramble. After a stop in Charlotte at The Visulite Theatre, the band hiked up to Charlottesville, Virginia for an incredible show in support of famed newgrass group Railroad Earth.
This week they are landing in Boone for a couple of days to enjoy the mildly approaching Autumn weather and play a special hump-day show at Murphy’s Pub on Wednesday night. This is easily one of the hottest bands to come to Boone in recent memory, and a show that is definitely not to be missed. Murphy’s also happens to host their weekly Bluegrass Jam on Wednesday’s in the dining room starting early at 6 p.m. this week, so feel free to come early and enjoy some organic Appalachian music played by some of the best pickers in town.
Written by Richard Oakley