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Blues, country or both

by: COURTESY PHOTO - The Black Lillies will bring their country sound all the way from the south to Forest Grove this Saturday. Locals will have to choose between an authentic brand of country music, or rhythm and blues that will spark a dance party.

The Great Northwest Music Tour is sounding through Forest Grove this Saturday, May 18, at McMenamins Grand Lodge with The Black Lillies and Sonny Hess.

The Black

Lillies’ front-man Cruz Contreras is a singer-songwriter who’s been on the road since 2007 either as a trucker or a musician. His early songs of heartbreak and regret came to him while he was on the road working for a stone company after his marriage and first band dissolved.

Since then, The Black Lillies have been featured at festivals like Pickathon, CMA Fan Fair and Bonnaroo, and at the Grand Ole Opry. Their song, “Same Mistakes,” was one of Country Music Television’s top 12 requested videos for four months, and “Two Hearts Down” was featured on CMT for three months.

Harmony vocalist Trisha Gene Brady, multi-instrumentalist Tom Pryor, bass player Robert Richards and drummer Jamie Cook complete the band. Their country sound has an Appalachia twang but is versatile.

Sonny Hess and her band will bring their energetic show to the Grand Lodge’s Garage Door room. Hess, who’s been playing guitar since she was 8 years old, has toured the country, spreading her rhthym and blues. She worked closely with Paulette Davis and has opened for Etta James, Junior Walker and the All Stars, Average White Band and Bobby Womack.

She has been nominated for a Cascade Blues Association Lifetime Achievement Award and best lead guitar.

Both shows start at 7 p.m., but last a few hours, so flip-flop between both.



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