Article Contributed by Big Hassle Media | Published on Friday, July 28, 2023

Lillie Mae & Family have shared the acclaimed singer-songwriter / multi-instrumentalist’s eagerly awaited new single, “Cold June,” premiering today alongside an official music video directed by Jace Kartye and streaming now at YouTube HERE. Recorded in Dallas, TX with producer Beau Bedford (Delta Spirit, Orville Peck), “Cold June” heralds Lillie Mae & Family’s upcoming third studio album, Festival Eyes, due Friday, September 8 via S || C Records. Pre-orders are available now.



“My sis gave me a pair of shoes with velvet and sparkly jewels on them,” says Lillie Mae. “The idea of the song stemmed from their beauty as I first thought up melodies and lyrics on the front step of a former house. The weather was unseasonably COLD for that time of year and so seemed my life. I had gotten the opportunity to write together with Anderson East shortly after that night and he helped take the idea further and it morphed into ‘Cold June.’ I’m so glad it’ll be in the world soon!”

“‘Cold June’ shows off Lillie’s true artistic sensibilities thru and thru,” says Beau Bedford. “From the originality of the songwriting, to the perfect touch she exhibits on vocals, the song is completely her own. Sumptuous, eloquent and unique unto itself, it’s a celebration of songcraft. ‘Cold June’ pushes us to the beautiful frontiers of Americana music ”

Lillie Mae’s first new album in more than four years, Festival Eyes was first heralded this spring with the Nashville-based artist’s passionate rendition of Neil Young’s classic “Razor Love.” An official music video, directed by Jace Kartye, is streaming now on YouTube. Inspired in part by Lillie Mae’s mother’s maiden name of Razor, the emotionally charged track – which features backing by her siblings, Frank Carter Rische (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, harmony vocals) and Scarlett Rische (acoustic mandolin), along with husband Craig Smith (electric guitar, B-bender guitar), producer Bedford (keys, synth, guitar, Moog), Aaron Goodrich (drums, percussion), and Geoffrey Muller (electric bass) – continues a remarkable body of work begun with her acclaimed 2017 debut album, Forever and Then Some (produced by 12x Grammy Award-winner Jack White), and its 2019 follow-up, Other Girls (produced by 8x Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb), both released on Third Man Records.



Lillie Mae – who recently returned to the stage with a shipboard performance on Sixthman and SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country West festival cruise – will celebrate Festival Eyes with an active live schedule. Highlights include a return to the high seas on the upcoming Outlaw Country Cruise 8, sailing February 4-10, 2024 from Miami, FL to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and San Juan, Puerto Rico aboard Norwegian Pearl. For updates and additional information, please visit

Lillie Mae has been singing and playing since she could stand on her own two feet, performing with her family band at churches, fairs, festivals and theme parks across the country. In 2012, she joined Jack White’s all-female touring and recording combo, The Peacocks, playing fiddle and mandolin. The two musicians formed an immediate kinship, both being the youngest children of large families and instrumental polymaths. White was similarly appreciative of Lillie Mae’s songwriting, producing Forever and Then Some at his Third Man Studios in their mutual home city of Nashville. She swiftly followed up with 2019’s Other Girls, pushing her sound into different shapes with superstar producer Dave Cobb (Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell) at the helm. “On her second album, the Nashville spitfire flits easily between country, bluegrass, and rock,” raved Pitchfork, noting Lillie Mae’s willingness to merge to myriad strains of Americana to present an authentically original vision all her own. Now, with the premiere of “Razor Love” and the promise of more new music to come, Lillie Mae once again affirms herself as a gifted and heartfelt musical storyteller, marked by remarkable authenticity, resourcefulness, and passion.