John Lilly | Haunted Honky Tonk

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Haunted Honky Tonk

by John Lilly

Original country songs that sound as old as the hills, and old songs sung like they were made yesterday.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Haunted Honky Tonk
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2. Who Broke the DJ's Heart?
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3. I'm Paying Now
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3:31 album only
4. Whippin' that Old T.B.
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5. Pave My Grave
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6. Bohemian Boys
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7. The Drifting Tune
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8. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong
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9. I Can't Escape From You
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10. Groundhog
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11. Prisoner's Birthday
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12. Roadkill
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13. Friday, Sunday's Coming
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14. In Time
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
John Lilly is a multi-talented acoustic music performer from Charleston, West Virginia, specializing in Americana, roots country, and traditional folk music. His creative original songs recall the sounds of earlier generations, while his innovative treatment of early country and traditional music is timeless. According to one reviewer, “If Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, he’d be John Lilly.”

John has released four self-produced CDs. “Broken Moon,” released in 2000, earned enthusiastic reviews and widespread radio airplay. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called it one of the “most unusual and interesting acoustic disks of the year.” John’s second CD, “Last Chance to Dance,” released in 2003, debuted at the #1 position on the international Freeform American Roots radio chart and rose to the #4 position in Europe on the Euro-Americana radio chart. His third CD, “Blue Highway,” released in 2005, is a collaboration with legendary Tennessee fiddler Ralph Blizard. "Haunted Honky Tonk" is his latest offering, already getting rave reviews and radio play.

John is recognized nationally as a powerful performing songwriter. In 2005, he won the national Ghost Writers In the Sky songwriting contest, sponsored by HankFest, a Chicago-based festival honoring the music of Hank Williams. John won a customized guitar for his original song “Blue Highway.” He was a finalist in the 2002 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, chosen from 853 entries and placing third in the Country category for his song "Broken Moon."
John was born in Illinois in 1954 and has traveled and performed widely. A former member of the Green Grass Cloggers dance team, John spent years playing traditional string band music with groups including Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers. He is a former a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, and is currently editor of West Virginia’s Goldenseal magazine.


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John Davy


John Lilly: Haunted Honky-Tonk

Hats off to John Lilly for a nigh-on perfect record; for a man with one of the most unassuming stage presences in planet showbiz he is the most astonishingly assured performer. In thrall to Jimmy Rodgers and Hank Williams, and a past winner of a competition to write in the style of Hank Williams, this album is in fact packed with John Lilly originals that are just wonderful. Unashamedly but un-stuffily old-timey, John's songs liberate Hank from the museum that has grown around him and make him the progenitor of a style that lives anew. I remember some sleevenotes of Mike Nesmith's back in the 70's that said his highest ambition was to approach the simplicity and purity of Jimm Rodger's and Hank Williams' writing. Well, John Lilly is there, and it's just sheer joy for a country fan to soak it all in.
His voice will remind you of Jimmy or Hank, but also of Jimmy Dale Gilmore, whilst his guitar playing combines precision and feeling exquisitely. Supporting roles are taken (mostly) by Buddy Griffin on fiddle and Ginny Hawker on backing vocals, both bringing considerable musical sensitivity to their performances. An object lesson on why less is often more, there's a lifetime's musical experience brought to bear on this record, and it's one for us lucky music fans to treasure.

james blackley


I am a big fan of Hank Williams and i was absolutely knocked out by this great album.John is certainly one of the best singer/songwriters of our time.Unfortunately i missed your visit to Scotland, so please try to come back soon.

Mike Craig

Haunted Honky Tonks
Hooray for CD Baby for bringing this gem to me. It has not been out of my CD player and I have been playing it on community radio here in Aberdeen Scotland. Some great tracks and so disappointed that I missed his visit to the North East of Scotland by one day, as I was on holiday..Next time let me know and I'll show you around the sights of Scotland, as well as let more people know about your visit
Roll on the next release which I hope will be in a similar vein

Edie Folta

Jukebox at the Heartbreak Hotel
If anyone were listening in on the jukebox hits that soothed a thousand broken hearts in a thousand greasy spoons, they might sound like this. John Lilly takes on heartbreak plaints, orphan ballads, the grisly humor of an backwoods groundhog hunt, early death, and the lost nights of the soul, with nary a false step. Special note must be made of "Wrong, Wrong, Wrong" and "Who Broke the DJ's Heart" which feature Bill Kirchen (beloved twanger from Commander Cody's Lost Planet Airmen) to add some rockin' kiss-off twang, with other great appearances by Lilly stalwarts Buddy Griffin on fiddle and the great Ginny Hawker on vocals. Additional guests Chuck Campbell and Janet Beazley provide snarky sacred steel and unique traditional instrumentals, but the songwriting and focused theme are all John's. Heartwrench to humor to truck drivin' twang to personal salvation - you can't get country much better than this! Personal favorites include the lovely "Drifing Tune" and "Roadkill" which takes romantic angst to new lows of metaphor. But you can't go wrong with a single cut on this one. If only Nashville could pick up on these tunes (mostly originals, although there are three great covers). And I would love to hear what fellow musicians from Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley to Asleep at the Wheel, Bonnie Raitt, and Bruce Springsteen would do with these great songs. If you like John Hiatt's "Bring the Family", you'll love this one. And if you've ever felt a shiver from a spooky country yodel, this one's for you.

John Davy

Whisperin and Hollerin
'John Lilly'
'Haunted Honky-Tonk'

- Album: 'Haunted Honky-Tonk' - Label: 'self'
- Genre: 'Alt/Country' - Release Date: '2007'


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John Lilly: Haunted Honky-Tonk

www.johnlillymusic.com

Hats off to John Lilly for a nigh-on perfect record; for a man with one of the most unassuming stage presences in planet showbiz he is the most astonishingly assured performer. In thrall to Jimmy Rodgers and Hank Williams, and a past winner of the Ghost Writers in The Sky in the style of Hank Williams song writing competition, this album is in fact packed with John Lilly originals that are just wonderful. Unashamedly but un-stuffily old-timey, John's songs liberate Hank from the museum that has grown around him and make him the progenitor of a style that lives anew. I remember some sleeve notes of Mike Nesmith's back in the 70's that said his highest ambition was to approach the simplicity and purity of Jimmy Rodger's and Hank Williams' writing. Well, John Lilly is there, and it's just sheer joy for a country fan to soak it all in.
His voice will remind you of Jimmy or Hank, but also of Jimmy Dale Gilmore, whilst his guitar playing combines precision and feeling exquisitely. Supporting roles are taken (mostly) by Buddy Griffin on fiddle and Ginny Hawker on backing vocals, but also include contributions from Chris Stewart, Janet Beazley (Back Country) Bill Kirchens (Commander Cody) Chuck Campbell (The Campbell Brother) all bringing considerable musical sensitivity to their performances. An object lesson on why less is often more, there's a lifetime's musical experience brought to bear on this record, and it's one for us lucky music fans to treasure.


John Davy

Chris Stuart


In a world of faux Americana, John Lilly is the real thing. He writes out of a strong tradition following Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams, but all his songs are fresh. I wish more people knew about John. He's my favorite songwriter.

Jennifer Wilson

John Lilly - Haunted Honky Tonk
What a great find. I'm not usually into country as such (thankfully I listened to a great country radio show who played one of the tracks), but this has a real old style feel to it. John's voice can be haunting, but in other tracks there's a definite humour coming through. Blue Grass at its best. Highly recommend it if you loved Oh Brother Where Art Thou and the Soggy Bottom Boys.