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Lilly Hiatt Nominated For "Emerging Act Of The Year"




Lilly Hiatt has been nominated for “Emerging Act Of The Year” for the Americana Music Association’s 17th Annual 2018 Honors & Awards taking place September 12th, 2018 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.  The nomination follows the release of Hiatt’s Trinity Lane which received widespread critical acclaim and appeared on many 2017 year end lists by NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Paste, and more.  NPR Music called the album “courageous and affecting,” with Rolling Stone Country stating it was, “...the most cohesive and declarative statement of the young songwriter’s career.”  Mother Jones commented, “While the sound of Trinity Lane encompasses everything from brooding garage rockers to jangly country-tinged laments to sentimental ballads, Hiatt’s commanding presence and eloquent songs tie everything together,” while PopMatters raved, "You’d have to be out of your skull not to appreciate her talents.” Rolling Stone Country recently premiered her new video for “Records,” the centerpiece from Trinity Lane.  Her love letter to records, the video was shot while she was on tour supporting the Drive-By Truckers and features Hiatt and her band shopping at Easy Street Records in Seattle, WA as well as Hiatt dancing to her favorite albums at home. Hiatt said to Rolling Stone Country, “We’ve spent the last year on the road, rocking everything from A Tribe Called Quest to The Basement Tapes in the van.  Everyone in my band spent years in our rooms with headphones on, exploring anything we could get our hands on.  Our love of music is what brought us together.  I look at records as dear friends I can count on.”  While speaking to the publication last year, Hiatt said, “Music has saved my soul, and I think it’s saved a lot of people’s souls.  It’s connected me in a deeper way than anything else really can, where it’s like, I can hear a Lightnin’ Hopkins song and relate to it.  I can hear a Liz Phair song and relate to it, and I can hear a Loretta Lynn song and relate to it.  Those are all really different people, but we’ve all felt the same things, and that’s really empowering.  Not to be morose about it, but if it weren’t for that, I don’t think I’d be here.”  

Hiatt currently wrapped up her first European headline tour where she received overwhelming critical praise.  She launched a US tour supporting labelmate Justin Townes Earle last night and is also set for her Grand Ole Opry debut in her hometown of Nashville, TN on June 26th.  Hiatt is confirmed to appear at the Ohana Festival on September 29th alongside Eddie Vedder, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Johnny Marr, Liz Phair and more.  She has also been announced to appear at the Pilgrimage Music Festival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Hillside Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, Winnipeg Folk Fest, and more as well as additional support dates with John Prine, and Amanda Shires. Please see all tour dates below. 

Her love of the ‘90s alt-rock she was raised on shines through on Trinity Lane in the distressed guitars and urgent backbeats. She cites the Pixies, Breeders, Dinosaur Jr., and her favorite, Pearl Jam as influences, but there is also something distinctly Americana lurking in the songs. After moving out of an ex’s house, Hiatt settled into a new apartment off of Trinity Lane in her East Nashville neighborhood and went on tour with friend John Moreland to the West Coast and back. The intensely personal, autobiographical album was written largely upon her return, in isolation, facing the issues she escaped while on the road. Hiatt says, "Love will take you to the darkest places but also the most honest places if you let it. Learning how to love myself is something I’ve always been lousy with, and I spent some time on that. I thought about my sobriety, what that means to me, the struggles I’d had throughout the years, since I was a 27-year-old and hung up my toxic drinking habit. I thought about my mother, who took her own life when I was a baby, not far from my age at 30 years old, and I related to her more than ever. As you can see, there was plenty of time spent on my own. I didn’t talk to that many folks, albeit a few close friends, and leaned into my family. I stayed away from men, and danced alone in the evenings, looking out my window observing my humble and lively neighborhood. I found power in being by myself. I found peace in the people I was surrounded with - we didn’t really know one another, but we smiled when passed on the street. One time I almost rear-ended an older woman in her car backing out of my driveway and I said, ‘Oh man, I’m just not used to any cars coming around this bend. She replied, ‘This is our little hideout, baby,’ And it really was." 

Lilly Hiatt On Tour:

May 16 in Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi *

May 17 in Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Café *

May 18 in Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom *

May 19 in Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall *

May 20 in Albany, NY @ Hart Theatre @ The Egg *

May 21 in Boston, MA @ The Sinclair *

May 23 in Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live *

May 24 in Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *

May 25 in Fall River, MA @ Narrows Center for the Arts *

May 26 in Hamden, CT @ The Space Ballroom *

May 27 in Amagansett, NY @ Stephen Talkhouse *

May 29 in Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere *

May 30 in Raleigh, NC @ Stags Head *

May 31 in Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre *

June 1 in Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle *

June 2 in Louisville, KY @ Headliners *

June 7 in Newark, OH @ Thirty One West

June 9 in Madison, IN @ RiverRoots Music & Arts Festival

June 15 in Steelville, MO @ The Soda Fountain

June 16 in Kansas City, MO @ Tumbleweed Kansas City Country Music Camping Festival

June 23 in Huntsville, AL @ Tangled String Music Festival 

June 26 in Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry

June 28 in Nashville, TN @ Basement East

July 6-8 in Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Folk Festival

July 14 in Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest

July 15 in Guelph Lake Island, ON @ Hillside Festival

August 3 in Lasalle, IL @ Uptown Grill’s Playlist Theater

August 7 in Rockford, IL @ Tuesday Evenings in Anderson Japanese Gardens

August 8 in Davenport, IA @ Moeller Nights

August 9 in Dubuque, IA @ The Lift

August 10 in The Sh***y Barn Sessions in Spring Green, WI

August 18th in San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall +

August 19th in Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theater +

August 20th in Sacramento, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post +

August 21st in Chico, CA @ Sierra Nevada Big Room +

August 23 in Seattle, WA @ Triple Door +

August 24 in Portland, OR @ Alberta Rose Theater +

August 25th in Boise, ID @ Egyptian Theater +

Sept 21 & 22 in Bristol, TN @ Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Sept 23 in Franklin, TN @ Pilgrimage Music Festival

Sept 28 in Columbus, OH @ Ohio Theatre w/John Prine

September 29th in Doheny State Beach Dana Point, CA @ Ohana Festival

* With Justin Townes Earle

+With Amanda Shires


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