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Release date: April 16th, 2021.
“The album is just stellar.“ – Devon Leger, Hearth Music.
Video Premiere on The Bluegrass Situation – April 12th, 2021.
John Lilly may be the best singer/songwriter you’ve never heard of. An award-winning writer and performer, he has long been a fixture of the West Virginia music scene. Lilly has written at least one song a week since 1989. Do the math – that’s well over 1,000 songs! While his catalog is immense and revered among the country music cognoscenti, (prior to this project, his songs have been covered by Tim O’Brien, Bobby Helms, Wild Rose, and many others) John Lilly has never been a household name. In 2010 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and it appeared his touring days were numbered.
Yet for 10 years, the illness couldn’t hold John back. He held down a full-time job and managed a performance schedule that would make younger, able-bodied artists faint, touring the US and the UK regularly. In 2020, as the pandemic shut down live music across the world, John’s work and income came to a standstill. It was then that Lilly’s friend and frequent co-writer, Jackson Emmer, stepped in to help. “I offered to produce a tribute album for John and his songs, and to cover the costs, so John could keep 100% of the proceeds.” Emmer said. “It’s a small way to say ‘thank you’ for teaching me about the craft of songwriting.”
It turned out Emmer wasn’t alone in his appreciation for Lilly’s music. As word spread about the project, artists came out of the woodwork, eager to sing John’s songs. The album features such notables as Kathy Mattea, Tim O’Brien, Bill Kirchen, and Tom Paxton. It also includes covers by up-and-coming stars, Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay, Ordinary Elephant, Golden Shoals, and more. Many of these songs have never been released before now.
“April In Your Eyes” features 15 songs produced and mixed by Jackson Emmer. It was mastered by Grammy-winner Chris Latham, and Jackson Emmer. The title track, a serene, haunting love song, is performed by Nashville-treasures Maya De Vitry and Ethan Jodziewicz. By contrast, Andrew Adkin’s West Virginia delivery of “This Old Knife” is raucous, driving, and demonstrates the unique adaptability of Lilly’s songwriting. Each one flows from the singer as though it was their own.
All proceeds will directly benefit and support John Lilly.
JOHN LILLY’S WEBSITE: http://www.johnlillymusic.com
1. April In Your Eyes - Maya de Vitry & Ethan Jodziewicz - 2:30 2. This Old Knife - Andrew Adkins - 3:27 3. They Tore the Cabin Down - Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay - 2:48 4. Tore Up From the Floor Up - Bill Kirchen - 3:16 5. Lost In Yesterday - Sam Moss - 2:38 6. If I Could Fly - Kathy Mattea - 2:03 7. The Jackpot - Ron Sowell - 5:13 8. The Drifting Tune - Golden Shoals - 2:38 9. Roaming Through Wyoming - Jackson Emmer - 3:31 10. Come When Mama Calls - Tim O'Brien & Jan Fabricius - 2:28 11. Somewhere in Texas - Ordinary Elephant - 3:00 12. I Could Go Wrong - Georgia Lilly - 3:58 13. My Love Never Sleeps - Letitia VanSant - 3:11 14. Dreamers and Fools - Tom Paxton - 2:25 15. These Songs - John Lilly - 2:49