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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 10/20 – Taylor Kress / Cruz Contreras
October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer Cruz Contreras has roots in Tennessee and Michigan, but has impacted Americana music worldwide.
The frontman, founder, and driving force behind The Black Lillies’ raw and rootsy sound also co-founded Robinella and the CCstringband, and has collaborated with musicians ranging from John Oates and Jim Lauderdale to Langhorne Slim and The Turnpike Troubadours. His projects have topped both the Billboard and Americana radio charts, won Independent Music Awards, and been nominated for the Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award. After over a decade touring under the name The Black Lillies, Contreras is currently performing as a solo act and has been recently collaborating with cellist Dave Eggar, fiddle player Billy Contreras, and wife Molly Contreras.
Over the years, Cruz has appeared on nationally broadcasted television including Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CMT, VH-1, GAC, Bluegrass Underground and PBS Television’s Sun Studio Sessions. His music has been lauded by outlets as diverse as American Songwriter Magazine, Rolling Stone, NPR’s Morning Edition and Vanity Fair, among others. Contreras is currently at work on his debut solo album, ‘Cosmico’, to be released 2021.
Experimenting and exploring more with what Jubal could be as a unit, the band hit road heavily in 2018 and 2019 playing over 100 shows per year. Performing across the country lead to the need for a new record and a new portrait of their sound. “The Peso Tapes” and “County Ball” (March 2019) are Jubal’s first ventures into self recording. “The Peso Tapes” showing Jake and Taylor’s ability to strip back further into ambient folk and “County Ball” capturing the band’s full collective power. Taylor moved his permanent home from Knoxville, TN to Ojo Caliente, NM where he and his partner began renovating a 100 year old adobe home.