At first glance, Lillie Mae looks like she might be more punk than country, but of course, looks can be deceiving. The Nashville-based singer practically grew up on stage. Once she had mastered speaking, she began singing at age 3. Her father, Forrest Carter Rische, formed a group with his five children, known as The Forrest Carter Family Band, with Mae singing and playing the fiddle (which she began learning at age 7).
Armed with her songs of true stories, Lillie Mae released her first single, "Nobody's" in 2014. Since then she has appeared on Conan and Late Night with Stephen Colbert and toured with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard. Taj Mahal and Jack White, Her full-length debut, Rain On the Piano,was released in 2015 with a follow-up two years later, Forever and Then Some.
Produced by Jack White, Forever and Then Some received positive reviews from the music press. NME raved, “ This is old-school country music that digs deep into the past...An old-fashioned delight.” Rolling Stone added it to one of its Best of Country and Americana lists, and Mojo wrote of Mae, “A storyteller in the grand tradition, with the instrumental skills and a crack band. These songs tell her story, of a hard-lived life, of love won then lost.” She recently headlined several dates in the States, back home on the road.
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