Get to know Cruz

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and producer Cruz Contreras has roots in Tennessee and Michigan, but has impacted Americana music worldwide. 

The frontman, founder, and driving force behind The Black Lillies’ raw and rootsy sound also co-founded Robinella and the CCstringband, and has collaborated with musicians ranging from John Oates and Jim Lauderdale to Langhorne Slim and The Turnpike Troubadours. Cruz’s projects have topped both the Billboard and Americana radio charts, won Independent Music Awards, and been nominated for  the Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award. 

Cruz has appeared on nationally broadcast television including Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CMT, VH-1, GAC, Bluegrass Underground and PBS Television’s Sun Studio Sessions. Cruz writes and arranges all of The Black Lillies’ material, which has been lauded by outlets as diverse as American Songwriter Magazine, Rolling Stone, NPR’s Morning Edition and Vanity Fair

Photo by Joseph Llanes

Photo by Joseph Llanes