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Lilly releases her first book about the history of popular music!

Bulgarian artist and writer Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly has completed her first book, entitled "In The Mood With Lilly - 50 Music Themes". It gives an overview of the 20th century popular music, emphasizing on country, bluegrass, swing, blues, rockabilly & rock and roll. It is produced by CIELA Publishing House and is available in Bulgaria's bookshops and on Kindle. It contains 360 pages, with a large selection of images.

The book is based on Lilly's famous radio show, which has been on air since 2003. Her weekly 2 hour program features a fine selection of hits, from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. She describes the stories behind the songs and gives interesting facts about their performers, writers, producers and record labels. Lilly also entertains the audience, by sharing personal experiences, memories and laughter. The show is inspired by Glenn Miller's melody ("In The Mood") which is used as an intro. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of her program, Lilly decided to write a book containing 50 music topics, compiled in 10 chapters:

"The Music Genres" gives an overview of country, bluegrass, swing, boogie-woogie, rockabilly, blues, rock and roll, folk-rock, soul, disco and new wave. Lilly describes the history and nature of her favorite music styles, by giving examples and personal comments. "The Hits" gives an insight into major historical events between 1940 and 2009 and their effect on popular music. "The Greats" pays tribute to some of the most significant songwriters, producers and record companies in music history. "So Emotional" reveals some of the most beautiful "sad", "happy" and "love" songs of the 20th century. "So Knowledgeable" explores the music of three countries - France, Germany and USA, where Lilly has resided. "So Glorious" recognizes the greatest male and female voices including music duos, trios and quartets. "So Entertaining" presents songs about food & drink, rain & sunshine, cities & countries, colors and animals. "So Interesting" delves into some of the best movie themes, road songs and family bands. "So Informative" is a chapter about the most successful debut songs and "one hit wonders", based on Billboard's statistical data. "Selected" looks back at some of Lilly's most memorable radio programs, such as "The Story Of Elvis", "Country & Rock Legends In Heaven" and "Christmas Around The World"." In The Mood With Lilly - 50 Music Themes" is a book for music lovers and young people, who aspire to become music presenters. The foreword is by Bulgarian radio legend Tommy Sprostranov, with whom Lilly has a long lasting professional relationship.

Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly is a singer, songwriter and music producer. She formed Bulgaria's most successful country and bluegrass band "Lilly of the West" in 1996 which is still active today. The group has performed in many European countries and the US, winning prestigious awards. Lilly has released 9 studio albums and has organized several country music festivals. She is a renowned music journalist and radio presenter (BBC, Balkan Bulgarian Television, Retro Radio, Radio Sofia). In 2013 Lilly received a Fulbright scholarship to study music in the United States. The results of her research have been a major contribution to this book.


Welcome to a series of interviews and articles
produced by Lilly. (see below for latest interviews added April 2015)



Tim Surrett

Interview with Tim Surrett
(Balsam Range)
© Lilly Drumeva- O’Reilly.

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Mike Munford

Interview with Mike Munford, IBMA’s banjo player of the year,
© Lilly Drumeva- O’Reilly.

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Ashlee Jean Trott

Interview with Ashlee Jean Trott,
Artist Manager at "Music City Roots", Loveless Cafe, Nashville, TN.
© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Cindy Baucom

Cindy Baucom

Interview with Cindy Baucom, bluegrass radio DJ.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Erika Brady

Erika Brady

Interview with Erika Brady, university professor in Kentucky.


© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Joe Sutzman

Joe Sutzman

Interview with Joe Sutzman, bluegrass radio DJ.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Steve Day

Steve Day

Interview with Steve Day, fiddle player
from Kentucky.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Tara Linhardt

Tara Linhardt

Interview with Tara Linhardt.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Buddy Spicher

Interview with Buddy Spicher.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Janet McGarry

Interview with Janet McGarry, bluegrass singer from Canada.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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John Pennell

Interview with John Pennell.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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RaShe Jennings

Interview with RaShe Jennings of the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Mala Gassman

Interview with Mala Gassman , Swiss singer and fiddle player.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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The Whites

Interview with The Whites.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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John Lomax III

Interview with John Lomax III.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Fred Bartenstein

Interview with Fred Bartenstein.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Don Light

Interview with Don Light.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Don Cusic

Interview with Don Cusic.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Craig Havighurst

Interview with Craig Havighurst.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Chris Jones

Interview with Chris Jones.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Bart Herbison

Interview with Bart Herbison.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Becky Buller

Interview with Becky Buller.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Bill VornDick

Interview with Bill VornDick.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Douglas B. Green (“Ranger Doug”)

Interview with Douglas B. Green (“Ranger Doug”).

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Irene Kelly

Interview with Irene Kelly.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Jeremy Garrett

Interview with Jeremy Garrett.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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John Rumble

Interview with John Rumble.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Jon Weisberger

Interview with Jon Weisberger.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Kayton Roberts

Interview with Kayton Roberts.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Ken Irwin, Sierra Hull

Interview with Ken Irwin and Sierra Hull.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Mike Drudge

Interview with Mike Drudge.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Murphy Henry

Interview with Murphy Henry.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Paul Kingsbury

Interview with Paul Kingsbury.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Robert K. Oerman

Interview with Robert K. Oerman.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Sam Jackson

Interview with Sam Jackson.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Scott Neubert

Interview with Scott Neubert.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Steve Morley

Interview with Steve Morley.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Tom Gray

Interview with Tom Gray.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Jim Lauderdale

Interview with Jim Lauderdale.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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David Ross

Interview with David Ross, writer, journalist and marketing expert.

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Peter Cooper

Interview with Peter Cooper, journalist
and musician

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Stephanie P. Ledgin

Interview with Stephanie P. Ledgin, music writer and photographer

© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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Archie Warnock

Interview with Archie Warnock, bluegrass writer, festival board member and musician
© Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly

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last updated : May 31, 2015 8:17 PM