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Lilly of the West 'Swings and heartaches' CD Release Party
On Tuesday, 3rd of April Bulgaria's only country/bluegrass band "Lilly of the West" celebrated the release of their ninth album "Swings & heartaches", at the National Palace of Culture "Studio 5" in Sofia.

"Lilly of the West" featured Yasen Vasilev on guitar, Michail Shishkov on Dorbo and piano, Svoboda Bozduganova on upright bass and Lilly Drumeva on fiddle and lead vocals. They were supported by guest musicians: Michal Barock - top mandolin player from Slovakia and Milena Vuleva - leading violinist from the Bulgarian conservatory, Rosen Hristov - banjo virtuoso and founding member of Lilly of the West.

The concert was presented by Bulgarian radio legend Toma Sprostranov, who was telling the story behind each song and calling on stage some of the people involved in the production of the album (StamenYanev - mix and mastering, Stanislav Donev - recording, Ivan Kolovoz - art photography, Sean O'Reilly - internet marketing).

Opening speeches were held by Mr. Karol Mistrik - ambassador of Slovakia and Mr. Ken Moskowitz - counselor of public affairs of the United States Embassy.

Lilly of the West performed tracks from the brand new album "Swings and heartaches". It includes eleven songs, in two parts:-
The "swings" are lively, up-tempo tunes from the 40s/50s, featuring two Patsy Cline hits ("Gotta lotta rhythm in my soul" & "Walkin' after midnight"), one by Hank Williams ("Lovesick blues"), two old western/swing standards ("My window faces the south", "I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter") and a modern swing ("Who knows what tomorrow may bring").

The "heartaches" are beautiful ballades with strong lyrics. One is a Johnny Cash/June Carter duet ("If I were a carpenter"), another is an Everly Brothers' classic ("Crying in the rain"); a modern nostalgic song by Jools Holland & Sam Brown ("Valentine moon") and two Bulgarian folk melodies ("Brala moma" & "Malka moma")