Black Lillies frontman Cruz Contreras has already flirted with national fame a few years ago with a hit (“Man Over”) on Country Music Television and an appearance on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” in 2003. Now he’s found a new voice and calling with The Black Lillies. Already, as an independent artist, the band kicked off their first national tour at the Ryman Auditorium, the hallowed mother church of country music, and have since labored through three cross-country treks, with a fourth underway this summer. They’ve performed on National Public Radio’s “Mountain Stage” and on two episodes of PBS’s “Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s,” and they’ve conquered numerous festivals – Pickathon, the Americana Music Association Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, even Bonnaroo. And in June 2011, the show that made country music famous – The Grand Ole Opry – invited the band to make their debut on the historic circle of wood where so many other legends have performed. The Black Lillies are the first independent artist to have done this! The band has also recently picked up an Independent Music Award for Best Album, Americana for their album Whiskey Angel.
“Two Hearts Down” is the latest single from the band’s new record titled 100 Miles of Wreckage, which has quickly gained national attention and already hit #11 on the Americana radio charts. “Two Hearts Down” was directed by acclaimed video director David McClister (Lady Antebellum, Leann Rimes, Dierks Bentley) and though we can’t share it with you yet, here is preview of the song!