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Black Lillies to play Sportsmen’s Tavern

Ever since the Cruz Contreras-led Black Lillies debuted in 2009, the band’s been more than just an Americana act.

Yes, the Knoxville, Tenn.-born quintet — multi-instrumentalist Contreras, guitarist Tom Pryor, bassist Robert Richards, drummer Jamie Cook, and vocalist Trisha Gene Brady — won the 2009 Independent Music Award for Best Americana Album (for “Whiskey Angel”) and has played the Americana Music Festival. But the band’s more diverse than a simple genre designation, something that will quickly become evident when it visits the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.) for a show at 8 p.m. Dec. 15.

One listen to this year’s “Hard to Please” gives an indication of what styles the band can either inhabit or amalgamate, able to navigate through bar stool country (“Bound to Roam”) to soulful rock (“The First Time”) to something from the outtakes of Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey” (“Mercy”). Luckily for the Lillies, Sportsmen’s roadhouse is just the venue to host this kind of pedal steel-supported versatility.

Tickets are $15 at the Sportsmen’s or via

– Michael Farrell