One of western Montana’s greatest live bands, The Lil’ Smokies, decided to record their second album at a special 2013 New Year’s Eve performance at the Top Hat Lounge in downtown Missoula. INTRODUCING THE LIL’ SMOKIES captures the raw energy and excitement of the night in this performance of “Fell Asleep” which became the lead track on the new record. Hailing from Missoula, Montana, The Lil’ Smokies exploded into the acoustic/bluegrass scene in the winter of 2009 and haven’t shown any signs of fatigue since. The Lil’ Smokies have shared the stage with heavyweights like, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, The Emmit-Nershi Band and dozens of others. Winning the 2013 Northwest String Summit Band Competition has proven that The Lil’ Smokies have no problem captivating large audiences. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, unique original compositions and sheer raw energy, The Lil’ Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving something for everyone. This six-piece bluegrass ensemble features Pete Barrett (guitar), Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Cameron Wilson (mandolin), and Jesse Brown (fiddle).