John's CD recording "Broken Moon" has earned strong praise from the press and a loyal radio following, achieving the #3 position on a national independent radio chart.
"Who knows whether 'Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?' can translate into sales for other music in this genre, but if anyone deserves a degree of success, it's John Lilly."
– Lonesome Highway; Dublin, Ireland
"John Lilly's mountain-soaked voice comes pouring out of the speakers clear and strong. Like its been aging in a Mason jar."
– The Herald-Dispatch; Huntington, WV
Track List - To listen to an MP3 sample, click on a linked title:
- Broken Moon
- I've Always Been a Rambler
- In the Hills of Tennessee
- Wishful Drinking
- Riders In the Sky
- Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine
- You'll Be Rewarded Over There
- Sweet Sunny South
- Poca River Blues
- Bigfoot Stole My Baby
- Beset By Snares
- Spirit (Bend Close To Me)
Review of Broken Moon
Stark and beautiful, April 19, 2002 - 5 out of 5 stars
Reviewer: eafinct from West Hartford, CT United States
John Lilly ranges from cowboy ballads to Primitive Baptist hymns to Tin Pan Alley and back, all with spare but pristine accompaniment on guitar, mandolin and fiddle, and with harmonies on some cuts by the remarkable Ginny Hawker. The genres and rhythms on the album may be varied, but the overall consistency in instrumentation and delivery give it an amazing cohesion. The careful arrangement of songs on the disc, too, produce a song cycle which is a musical and spritual journey from heartbreak and disappointment to solace and redemption -- with a dash of humor and yodeling for good measure.
Be sure to check out the title cut, "Broken Moon", which deserves to become a classic heartbreak ballad alongside Bob Wills and Hank Williams standards, as well as "I've Always Been a Rambler", which is delivered with a fierceness and intensity which gives a startling immediacy to this traditional self-justifying gambler's lament. And the closing original, "Spirit (Bend Close to Me)" should find a place both in churches and in your own personal collection of music to get you through the night.
Fans of Jimmie Rodgers, Hazel Dickens, Hank Williams Sr., and the Stanley Brothers should be sure to take note; fans of contemporary Americana music will not be disappointed. And if there is any justice in the universe, the folks whose ears have been opened by the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack will have a chance to enjoy another example of acoustic music from the first half of the 20th century embodied in a contemporary voice. Very highly recommended!