05-14-2013 SUGAR SHACK! We spent this winter in the studio with producer extraordinaire Lorne Entress (Lori McKenna, Catie Curtis) making our 2nd CD. We finished recording just as the ground was beginning to thaw and maple sugaring season was in full swing and so it seemed only fitting choose the song Sugar Shack as the title track. You'll find lush harmonies, fantastic pedal steel, Dobro, and fiddle from our smoking backing musicians, fun songs, sad songs, covers by James Taylor and Townes Van Zandt and lots of originals.
You can order a high quality digital download or hard copy of the CD at Bandcamp.com.
01-07-2013 NEW YEAR, NEW RECORD Over 240 music lovers helped us meet our Kickstarter goal and then some! We're in the studio now doing our best to make them proud to be a part of our musical mission. We've got a new batch of songs and a new producer, Lorne Entress, who has produced some of our favorite records by the likes of Lori McKenna, Mark Erelli, and Catie Curtis. We'll keep you posted on the release date!
11-16-2012 BRAND NEW RECORD IN THE WORKS The time is here! We're headed back into the studio in December to begin recording our 2nd album. We don't have a record label. It's just us and maybe you and some other Lily friends and supporters! Visit our Kickstarter page to find out more about the project and how to jump on board and help make this record a reality. Thanks!
10-25-2012 2ND ANNUAL POST-THANKSGIVING IRON HORSE FULL BAND SHOW Looks like we started a bit of a tradition. Once again we'll be playing a full band show at The Iron Horse the Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 25th) and we're lucky enough to have the same band to join us: Jim Henry on dobro and other stringed instruments, Rick Mauran on drums, and Paul Kochanski on bass. Carrie Ferguson will open the show. Info on how to get tickets can be found here.
10-15-2012 PENNSYLVANIA ROAD TRIP This weekend we're headed to PA. First up on Friday night: a split bill with the divine Miss Carolann Solebello (formerly of Red Molly fame) at Burlap and Bean in Newtown Square. Then, Saturday we'll perform at the Listen Live Music Series in Macungie, PA. Visit the shows page for details on both performances.
10-8-2012 THIS SATURDAY IN WESTBOROUGH, MA Join us this Saturday as we help Sally Johnson Presents and The Burroughs JCC kick off the brand new Community Folk Series. The divine Beggar's Ride will open the show. Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door, and $10 for students/seniors. Reservations are required: Call 508-736-0151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase online advance tix click here and scroll down.
8-05-2012 AUGUST BREAK We're on a break from peforming this month so we can work up material for the new CD that we'll be recording later this year. But, we've got some great shows lined up for September including a western Mass. favorite Watermelon Wednesdays in Whately. It has a tendency to sell out, so if you don't like to gamble, get your tickets ahead of time here.
6-27-2012 OPENING FOR THE SELDOM SCENE Holy smokes! This Saturday, June 30th, we'll be playing an opening set for the legendary Seldom Scene at The Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, VA. Tickets available at Ticketmaster or by calling 800.745.3000.
4-1-2012 JUST ADDED: A SPECIAL HOMETOWN CONCERT Spring blossomed in the hilltowns early this year and we're celebrating with a special hometown show on Saturday April 14th at 7pm at The Crow's Nest in Pumpkin Hollow (Conway, MA). Reservations are required and seating is limited so visit our shows page for the details!
3-1-2012 BACK FROM MEMPHIS We didn't go to Graceland. Heck, we barely made it down the street for BBQ, but we did have a terrific time at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis. Big thanks to all of you that took advantage of our Folk February Special and helped us cover a substantial part of the costs of getting down there and back.
2-3-2012 FOLK FEBRUARY SPECIAL HELP US GET TO MEMPHIS
(and preferably back home)
To help us raise some travel money to get to Memphis we're having a Folk February CD Special. For all of February, buy 1 copy of Heartwood from The Boxcar Lilies Corner Store and get a copy of our limited edition live CD Parts is Parts. Or buy a Boxcar Lilies T-shirt and get a free copy of Heartwood and a free copy of Parts is Parts.
1-20-2012 INTERNATIONAL FOLK ALLIANCE CONFERENCE We're heading south this winter as we've been selected for an official Performance Alley Showcase at this year's International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, TN. The showcase itself is a tremendous honor, but we're even more honored and excited to spend 4 days soaking in music by artists from all over the world including some of our songwriting heroes like James McMurtry and Jonatha Brooke. Who knows, maybe we'll even make it to Graceland!
12-22-2011 FIRST NIGHT NORTHAMPTON Help us ring in 2012! We'll be playing sets at 7 and 8 pm and - lucky Lilies that we are - will be joined by Jim Henry on Dobro and other assorted instruments and Dave Chalfant on bass. Details on the Shows Page.
11-30-2011 SIX WAYS TO SUNDAY We debuted a new song at The Iron Horse this past Sunday. Jim Henry on dobro, Paul Kochanski on bass, and Rick Mauran on drums.
11-15-2011 AT THE IRON HORSE ON NOVEMBER 27th Our headliner show at The Iron Horse Music Hall is just around the corner. Join us for this special full band show, with Jim Henry on dobro and other assorted stringed instruments, Rick Mauran on drums, and Paul Kochanski on bass.
10-21-2011 YOUTUBE DEBUT We started uploading some videos to YouTube including excerpts from last week's taping of GCTV's Valley Homegrown. Visit the Lilies Youtube channel to watch those and some other recent shows.
HEARTWOOD T-SHIRTS Our super-soft Heartwood T-shirts have been getting rave reviews and are now available online!
8-5-2011 VACATION DAYS We're spending the month of August re-filling our creative wells. There are trips to Cape Breton and Maine fiddle camp on the horizon, plus a couple of "Lily Summits" to work up new material. Our next show is Monday September 5th at the legendary Club Passim's "campfire" festival - four days of non-stop music and fun. We play the final day of the fest (Monday), which also includes sets by our musical buddies Beggar's Ride and Jean Rohe and songwriter extraordinaire Lori McKenna. Details as always can be found on our shows page.
7-7-2011 FESTIVAL SEASON We are beyond excited to play The Green River Festival onSaturday July 16th at 6pm. Look for us at the River Meltdown Tent with a full band including Dave Chalfant on bass, Michael Nix on anything with strings, and Rick Mauran on drums.
The following weekend we'll be making a cameo appearance at The Acoustic Live Showcase tent at The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Details for both shows are here.
6-19-2011 TIN ANGEL AND THE FOLK SHOW WITH GENE SHAY Saturday, June 25th, we'll be making our Philly debut at the renowned Tin Angel. We'll be sharing the bill with one of our favorite Americana acts Beaucoup Blue. Then Sunday night we'll be stopping by the legendary Gene Shay's Folk Show at WXPN studios. Details for both events are on the shows page.
3-1-2011 HEARTWOOD CD RELEASE CONCERT April 2nd, 7pm at St. James Church, Greenfield, MA We would love for you to join us as we officially celebrate the release of our debut CD Heartwood. And what a celebration it's going to be! We'll have a full band made up of many of the musicians who played on Heartwood.
2-24-2011 PHOTO PAGE UPDATE The photo page got a face lift. Lots of new images: Boxcar Lilies Photos!
1-31-2011 IRON HORSE MUSIC HALL ON FEBRUARY 13TH, 2011 We're making our Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton, MA) debut on Sunday February 13th opening for singer/songwriter Lucy Kaplansky. If you would like to purchase tickets directly from us (and avoid the $4 service fee), email email@example.com ASAP to find out how.
1-21-2011 FIRST NIGHT NORTHAMPTON VIDEO A friend of ours, Robert Jonas, created this lovely video of our First Night Northampton performance of "Ease Into This Love." You can see more of Robert's work at www.emptybell.com.
1-09-2011 A DUO OF PERFOMANCES WITH NYC'S JEAN ROHE We are very excited to be sharing a couple of shows with a very special artist the weekend of January 22nd. We met Jean Rohe at The Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference this November and she was hands down our favorite new discovery. She and Ilusha Tsinadze will be splitting two shows with us; the first one as part of Elmer's Store Big Names in a Small Room concert series (SOLD OUT) in Ashfield, MA and the second a house concert in Florence, MA. Details are on the shows page.
1-02-2011 NEW YEAR, NEW CD Heartwood is officially available here! You can order a CD directly from us, or if it's a high-quality digital download you desire, visit our Bandcamp page.We’ve heard that some of our favorite DJs have given it a spin including Gene Shay on “The Folk Show” (WXPN, Philadelphia) and Rich Warren on “The Midnight Special” (WFMT, Chicago) who named us one of "Rich's Picks" for the week.
12-09-2010 COUNTDOWN TO NEW YEAR'S EVE We've started rehearsals for our FIRST NIGHT NORTHAMPTON concert which will include some very special guests! On guitar and dobro: Jim Henry (Mary Chapin Carpenter), on bass: Dave Chalfant (Erin McKeown, The Nields), and on mandolin: "Papa" John Alphin. We can't think of a better way to ring in the new year and our CD "Heartwood" will be making it's unofficial debut to the public. Visit the shows page for details.
11-20-2010 CD UPDATE Mercury wasn't even in retrograde, but our first batch of CDs were misprinted and we had to send them back. The new shipment will arrive early next week. We can't wait to send this project out into the world. People who pre-ordered a CD package will get them first and we'll plan for an official release some time in the new year!
11-03-2010 COUNTING DOWN Our debut CD, "Heartwood" will be in our little lily hands in just 7 days! In the mean time we've been getting ready for our first trip as a trio to the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference. We're looking forward to performing at all hours of the night (kind of) - meeting old friends and new ones
(definitely), all who share a passion for folk-inspired music.We're particularly happy to have been invited by Ourstage.com to perform in their showcase Friday afternoon alongside Mieka Pauley and Madison Violet.
Now that the CD is done, we've started adding shows in the new year- so be sure to check our schedule on the shows page or sign up for our email list and we'll let you know when we're in town.
9-06-2010 WRAPPING UP We are weeks away from finishing our debut CD. Initially we set out to record a 6-song EP, but because of the enthusiastic response from friends and fans we are wrapping up a full-length 10 song CD. We are so grateful to everyone who helped out and continues to cheer us on and we can't wait to get you the finished product. In a week or so we will be sending all our pre-sale customers an early-release MP3 single!
ALMOST THERE Last
you heard from us we were making a final push
to raise enough money to record 9 songs on our
debut CD. Some adventurous music lovers out there
brought us just within reach of that goal. Soon
after that a couple of gig opportunties fell into
our lap and brought a 10 song CD well within reach.
So 10 is the magic number and the CD
Presale will continue through July to
help us reach that goal.
It's been a challenge getting all four of us (the
Lilies and our esteemed producer Dave Chalfant)
together at one time, but when we manage it, we
have a wonderful and creative time. We have basic
tracks done for all 10 songs and have begun adding
bass, percussion, lead guitar, all the extra fun
stuff. You can see some pics from the studio on
FROM THE STUDIO Hello
from Sackamusic studio nestled in the woods of
western Massachusetts where we are currently recording
our debut CD. In 5 days weve laid down basic
tracks for six songs and we were lucky enough
to get multi-instrumentalist Jim
Henry to work some of his magic before he
leaves on a two-month tour with Mary
Chapin Carpenter. Click here to see a clip of Jim in the studio.
with our producer Dave Chalfant has been a joy.
The man has bionic ears and a real knack for
creating positive energy in the studio. And
he can spend eight hours with three very strong-willed
women and still be laughing at the end of the
So far we
have raised $4500 - enough money to record 7.5
songs. Were making one final push to see
if we can raise the funds to record 9 songs.
That way each Lily gets three complete songs.
Afterall, it would be odd to have half a song
on a CD. (Though maybe thats never been
done before and could be considered avant-garde.)
to raise an additional $1500 to record 9 songs.
In order to do that, were adding a couple
more shows this summer and continuing our CD
Presale throughout June in order to do just
So, if you havent yet perused The
Boxcar Lilies CD Presale page to see the
plethora of packages from which to choose, go
ahead and take a peek. We would love to have
had our first
day in the studio with our producer and engineer,
the wonderful Dave Chalfant and what a great day
it was. We'll be playing fewer gigs over the next
few months as we focus our energies on creating
and putting out our debut CD.
We are continually grateful to all of you that
have ordered a CD
Presale package. We've raised enough to record
and release 7 songs and are on our way to 8. The
Presale will continue while we're in the studio,
so if you would like to hop on this Lily train
visit the CD
Presale page for all the glorious details.
BOXCAR LILIES DEBUT CD PRESALE UPDATE It's
been four weeks since we launched our CD presale
and we've raised enough to record and mix a 6
song EP! Thanks to all of you that have pre-ordered
a CD package. You have helped bring us closer
to making our debut CD a reality and for that
we are grateful.
3-15-2010 THE It's
official! This May we'll begin recording our
first CD together as The Boxcar Lilies with
the tremendously talented producer and engineer
Dave Chalfant (Erin McKeown, Beth Amsel, The
Nields, The Winterpills.)
We have a whole bunch of songs written, arranged,
and ready to go, but we need to raise additional
money to be able record them all, and so we
are kicking off The
Boxcar Lilies CD Presale.
Pre-order the CD and you'll be among the first
to receive it when it's complete. There are
a variety of packages for you to choose from
ranging from a single signed CD to a personalized
song written and recorded by the Lilies especially
for you. Visit the music
page to see all the glorious details.
TUNED FOR DETAILS We
are currently hatching a plan to get into the
studio this spring and record our very first
CD together as The Boxcar Lilies. Details are
THE BOXCAR LILIES WEBSITE Who
are The Boxcar Lilies you ask? Well, after dating
on and off for much of 2009, singer-songwriters Jenny
Clarke, and Stephanie
Marshall decided to make it official. Over
a few beers, a yummy plate of wings, and the
lovely sounds of Pat and Tex LaMountain playing
at a local tavern, The Boxcar Lilies were born.Yes it was
a shotgun wedding. We married our love (read:
obsession) for great songwriting and heavenly
harmonies and set out to arrange original songs
and some of our favorite cover songs by the
likes of Fred Eaglesmith, Neil Young, and Gillian
adding shows for 2010, so keep an eye on our Shows page to see if
the Lilies are playing in your neck of the woods.If you want
to read a little more about each individual
Lily visit out Bio page.
Finally visit the Contact
page to add your name to The Boxcar Lilies
mailing list, and we'll keep you posted on upcoming
shows and recordings.