We've had a lovely and creative little break this winter, but now we're headed back out into the world for a series of concerts with Mr. Jim Henry. You might know him as our brilliant occasional sideman, but he is also a brilliant singer and songwriter and we're going to spend a few nights with him this Spring swapping stories and songs and harmonizing to our hearts' content.
The divine Ms. Susan Cattaneo has ended her run as a Lily. We have had the best time making music with this insanely gifted singer/songwriter and fun, funny, and caring woman.
We're looking forward to traveling a little less and creating a little more in 2018 and for the time being, we'll be the Lilies "OG edition" (Stephanie and Jenny). Later this year, we're sharing the stage with our pal Jim Henry, who is a fantastic singer/songwriter on top of being one of the best instrumentalists around. We'll trade songs and harmonize to our hearts content! Check the tour schedule for those dates.
We are so grateful for this community of musicians, venues run by volunteers, fans and super-fans, and lovely people who have opened their homes and shared their dinner tables with us. We have such wonderful memories and look forward to making more!
Save the date for our annual full band show at the Iron Horse Music Hall on Saturday October 14th! We have a stellar backing band made up of beloved local heroes Jim Henry on Dobro, guitar, and mandolin, Dave Chalfant (of the Nields) on guitar and bass, and J.J. O'Connell on drums! Dynamic Valley duo Austin & Elliot are opening the show! To guarantee a seat, get tickets online at NBOtickets.com, over the phone at 413-586-8686 or in person at 76 Main St. in downtown Northampton.
On Saturday September 9th, we'll perform a concert on WFMT's Folkstage! Listen live at 8 pm Central time on 98.7 WFMT Chicago!
We're headed back to Greenfield for the grand opening weekend at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (formerly the Arts Block)! Joining us on Dobro, mando, bass and guitar will be our favorite side guys Jim Henry and Dave Chalfant! Our friend Eric Lee will open the show and maybe we can coax him and his fiddle up on stage with us too! Advance tickets are just $15 and available here.
Medford, MA we're coming for you! We're performing in Susan's hometown on January 21st at the beautiful Chevalier Theatre. The fabulous Jim Henry will join us. If you want to join us, get your tickets here. The weekend before that we'll be performing for the first time at the Towne Crier Cafe opening for harmony folk trio Brother Sun.
Our annual Iron Horse Music Hall full band show is just around the corner. We have a stellar group of musicians joining us including local heroes Jim Henry on guitar, Dobro and mandolin and Dave Chalant (of Nields fame) on guitar, plus Jesse Williams on bass and Marco Giovino on drums. Special guest Ruby Henry opens the show accompanied by her dad (the aforementioned Jim Henry). Tickets are available at the Northampton Box Office.
The 2nd weekend in October we're headed south! On Friday the 7th we'll reunite with two of our favorite people, the duo DaveLovesDonna as they open a show for us at Beam's Music School in Malvern, PA. Saturday we return to the Hawley Silk Mill in Hawley, PA - one of our favorite spaces to play in! Finally on Sunday we're headed to Ewing Township, NJ (near Steph's old stomping grounds!) to play an afternoon concert at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing. So it's a very special weekend made all the more special because Jim Henry, our favorite sideman, will be traveling with us the entire time (if he can stand it.) Visit our tour page to get the scoop on each show.
We're putting a ring on it and making it official. Meet the newest Lily, Susan Cattaneo! We were first introduced to Susan by our shared producer Lorne Entress. We ran into her again at a 4:00 am hotel lobby music jam a year or so later and we are so glad we kept in touch.
This past spring, Susan joined us as a guest vocalist for a few shows. That's all it took for us to know her exquisite voice and songwriting were the perfect Lily match.
Susan is an award-winning singer-songwriter and for 15 years has been teaching songwriting at the Berklee College of Music. In 2015 alone, Susan was a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards, the Independent Music Awards, and the USA Songwriting Competition.
Opening up for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Calvin Theatre was a dream come true. The fact that the staff at the Calvin took such good care of us and that the boys in the band were incredibly gracious was icing on the cake. They put on a fantastic show and invited us to join them to sing May the Circle Be Unbroken and The Weight. You can see some photos capturing the evening here.
What happens on May 12th? We open for the iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA that's what! The show is part of their 50th anniversary tour and Susan Cattaneo and Jim Henry are on board too! Tickets are available at the Northampton Box Office and online at www.nbotickets.com.
Knockout Rose made appearances on some "best of 2015" lists including...
-- WAMC's Wanda Fischer's favorite albums of 2015
-- KVMR's John Rumsey's top ten albums of 2015
-- WVIA's George Graham's best albums of 2015.
Plus our cover of Fred Eaglesmith's Freight Train made this cool list from Cover Lay Down of the year's best Coverfolk singles.
Knockout Rose debuted at #5 on the International Folk DJ charts. It also rose to #3 on the Roots Music Report Contemporary Folk Album Charts. To all of the DJs and radio stations that support independent musicians, we thank you from the bottom of our Lily hearts!
Steve Pfarrer wrote a wonderful piece for The Daily Hampshire Gazette about us and our upcoming album release show at the Iron Horse. You can read it here!
We are so excited to be returning to the New Bedford Folk Festival on 4th of July weekend. It's simply one of THE best fests around.
We're joining forces with the amazing trio Brother Sun for 3 nights of soaring harmonies and roots-music-making fun in Northampton, MA, Old Saybrook, CT, and Cape Cod! Details for each show are on our Tour Page. We'll end each night with a special set combining our voices and instruments to form one giant folk supergroup!
The votes are in and counted and The Boxcar Lilies are coming back to Falcon Ridge Folk Festival! A huge thank you to everyone who voted to bring us back as one of the Emerging Artists Most Wanted acts! So cool to share first place with fellow Western Mass band Darlingside!