Lily and the Tigers roar into Boone
Lily and the Tigers roar into Boone Saloon on Thursday, April 24, with their soulful folk rock, which promises to carry more than just a good tune.
Known for their energetic and engaging shows, Lily and the Tigers are nationally acclaimed for their warm interactions with audiences who form a special bond with the group nightly as the shows take on a sing-along-by-the-bonfire feel.
Casey Hood — the Lily of the group, who is complemented by two male string players — said the trio is looking forward to its upcoming spring tour, which features a handful of stops in the Carolinas to kick off a season of warm and upbeat tunes.
While it has dubbed itself a folk rock trio, the group draws most of its inspiration from the natural world. Hood and company recorded their latest studio album, “The Hand You Deal Yourself,” while camping in Vermont. They have also found a muse in Otis Redding, The Carter Family, Hank Williams and even some R&B and funk music.
“We love all kinds of music, and that really shows up in our music, too,” Hood said.
Their latest studio album focuses on their experiences growing up and making a name for themselves in the music business.
“That’s just something we have been learning a lot about … what you put in is what you get out,” Hood said. “This is our third album, and we have invested a lot more into it. We just wanted to get away from Atlanta (the group’s home) and put everything we had into this album.”
The album is currently available on vinyl and in CD format.
Their unique choice for a name came about while contemplating the band’s makeup. Adam Mincey and Jared Pepper join Hood, who is the lone female musician in the trio.
“It’s symbolic of the yin-yang, male-female imagery,” Hood said. “I’ve always liked the Tiger Lily character, and it’s also about a delicate flower and a tiger and how everyone has both sides of them.”
Lily and the Tigers perform April 24 at Boone Saloon, located at 489 W. King St. in downtown Boone. Cover costs $5, and the show starts at 10 p.m. Only those 21 and older will be admitted.
For more on Lily and the Tigers, visit http://lilyandthetigers.bandcamp.com.