John Lilley

John Lilley

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Organic roots rock with a twang.

Biography

Best known as guitarist for The Hooters, Lilley has been performing with them throughout Europe this summer, playing for festival crowds topping 100,000. Back on his home turf, he’s looking forward to sharing his purely homegrown music with an intimate audience.

Lucky Kinda Guy was primarily recorded and produced in Lilley’s West Chester studio over the past three years in between the Hooters’ international touring commitments. “I’d barely get unpacked from the road before I’d fire up the studio and get to work on my own stuff,” Lilley said. “I’ve always been a rocker, but it was like this sleeping cowboy just woke up late one night.”

The result is a potent blend of muscular roots-rock (“Digging Deeper Down,” “Second Chance”) and tender love songs (“Safe In Your Arms,” “Stay A Little Longer”), delivered with his stylized voice and road-honed guitar chops. The CD reflects Lilley’s finely-tuned rock sensibilities and his skills as a multi-instrumentalist.

Lilley sings and plays guitar, mandolin, piano, harmonica, mandola, lap steel, Dobro, melodica and accordion, and is joined by band members Tom Hampton (lap steel, pedal steel, guitar and vocals), Fred Di Tomasso (bass, vocals), Tom Geddes (drums) and Rick Bell (organ, vocals). Additional musicians on selected tracks include Cliff Hillis, Jack Marshall, Shamsi Ruhe, and Hooters members Eric Bazilian, Rob Hyman and David Uoskkinen.