Trisha Gene Brady
Trisha Gene Brady is a roots musician from Knoxville, TN known best for her seven year run as female vocalist (guitar, mandolin, percussion) of the nationally touring act, The Black Lillies. Her recent split from the well known Americana outfit seems to be an open door to the next step in her career. She recently announced co-writing work with Alan Miller and production work with Raul Malo, founding member of the Grammy, ACM, and CMA award winners, The Mavericks and Mono Mundo Recordings.
Although fresh off the road she seems primed for a win with such a great team!
With her former band TGB has followed a rigorous road schedule due to what has been noted as “relentless touring,” and being deemed one of the hardest working bands on the road.
“There’s a freedom to it in a way… you climb in the van and suddenly you’re on “road time” and it’s beautiful! Music, adventure, scenery… we’ve joked for years that we’re all crate trained to the van. You climb in, you settle down, and do what you’re trained to do at that point!
Now there’s this crazy unknown freedom… the “out of the van” freedom. And I don’t yet know how that one will work.
Somehow, I don’t think it will last that long.
I already miss my crate!”-tgb
As part of her involvement with the Lillies TGB has had many adventures!!
She has been featured in publications including Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Billboard, Wall Street Journal, Consequence of Sound, Garden & Gun, Huffington Post, Relix Magazine, USA Today, PASTE Magazine, No Depression & Country Weekly, NPR’s Mountain Stage (twice) and five separate PBS concert specials, a GAC featurette, Texas Music Scene and a CMT television episode airing nationally.
She is one of the only independent artists invited to play the Grand Ole Opry more than thirty times (debuted June, 2011).
She has performed at festivals including Bonnaroo Music + Arts, SXSW, Americana Music Association’s Americana Fest, Country Music Association’s CMA Festival & Fan Fair, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Pickathon, Strawberry Music Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival, MerleFest, Old Settler’s Festival, The Luck Reunion, and more.
The most recent album that she helped release with The Black Lillies, Hard to Please, features TGB on lead vocals on the aptly named song The First Time which saw the most crossover to AAA radio that the band has seen to date. The album debuted at #12 on Billboard Heatseekers chart, #30 on Billboard Top 200 Country Albums Chart, #10 on BuzzAngle’s Country Albums Sales Chart, #3 on Relix Magazine/Jambands.com Radio Chart, and reached #1 on Roots Music Report Radio Chart and #4 0n the Americana Music Association Radio Chart.
The previous album, Runaway Freeway Blues, was included in several “Best of 2013” lists, including American Songwriter Magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2013, No Depression’s Top 50 Albums of the Year, Folk Alley’s Top Ten, and more. That album debuted at #21 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #43 on the Billboard Top 200 Country Albums chart. It peaked at #4 on the Americana Music Association’s radio charts, with two months in the top five, ending the year as the AMA’s #18 album of 2013 based on radio airplay. It also hit #1 on the Roots Music Report radio chart and was in the CMJ (college radio) top 200 and AAA top 100. (Previous album, 100 Miles of Wreckage, spent five months on the national Americana Radio Charts – four of them in the top 15 – and claimed the #32 spot on the AMA’s Top 100 Albums of the Year based on spin counts.)
TGB has recently completed her first solo EP for release on March 1, 2018 and is working diligently with Alan Miller and Raul Malo on a future LP project.
Trisha should take the lead on more songs, in my opinion–her bluesy voice is just incredible.
Trisha Gene Brady's back-up vocal adds a kick that pushes the song from good to great. The singers' harmonies are spot-on and sexy, and the effect is absolutely magnetic.
...performances get warmer—as opposed to just, you know, louder—when Trisha Gene Brady adds her dusky, blues-inflected harmonies.
…reminiscent of the Alabama Shakes with an equally dynamic female singer, Trisha Gene Brady.
That’s what struck me about Trisha—it would be easy to get nudged out by these monster voices and personalities, but she could hold her own.
-Cruz Contreras, The Black Lillies
(Trisha) Gene Brady’s (who can be reminiscent of both Etta James and Natalie Merchant) vocals… consistently convey what a song calls for whether it’s warmth, sorrow, honesty, or joy.