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The Lil' Smokies

2015 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition Winners




The Lil' Smokies

by Live - Top Hat New Year's Eve 2013


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The Lil' Smokies

With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil’ Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past 6 years. The fruits of their labor recently culminating with a win at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass festival band competition. Nominations by the Internal Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Momentum Band of the Year (2014 & 2016) and a win at The Northwest String Summit Band Competition in 2013, have helped to bring The Lil’ Smokies and their music, to a greater audience. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy, and exquisite musicianship, The Lil’ Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving behind melodies you’ll be singing to yourself for days and a jaw you’ll have to pick up off the floor.

The Lil’ Smokies have no problem captivating large audiences. Sharing the stage with heavyweights like Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, The Emmitt-Nershi Band, Railroad Earth, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Sam Bush Band, Infamous Stringdusters, Bradford Lee Folk and The Bluegrass Playboys, and dozens of others. In 2016 alone, The Smokies played some of the greatest festivals in the U.S. including  Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO), ROMP Festival (KY), Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival (WY), River City Roots (MT), WinterWonderGrass (CO & CA), Strawberry Music Festival (CA), Northwest String Summit (OR), Delfest (MD), The Festy Experience (VA), Pagosa Folk N’ Bluegrass (CO), Oregon Country Fair (OR), Boats and Bluegrass Festival (MN), Vinegrass (MA) and more! This five-piece bluegrass ensemble features Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Jake Simpson (fiddle) and Matt Rieger (guitar).