July 1, 1924 – May 8, 2012
Everett Lilly was a respected mandolin picker who, along with his brother, Bea Lilly, were known to the bluegrass world as the Lilly Brothers. The Lilly Brothers got started singing on their local Appalachia radio stations during the 1940s, and folks took to their sound which has been likened to that of the Blue Sky Boys and the Monroe Brothers. In 1952, they moved to Boston and are largely credited to bringing bluegrass to New England. They quickly became a popular draw at area folk clubs, coffee houses, and festivals. The Lilly Brothers went on to record several albums for such labels as Folkways and Prestige. Prior to going off with his brother, Lilly played and sang for Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and performed on the Grand Ole Opry as part of their Foggy Mountain Boys. He also played on several of their early records. In recent years, Lilly performed alongside his sons in the Lilly Mountaineers. Everett Lilly was 87 when he passed away on May 8, 2012.
Thanks to Amy Cool Dorsey for the assist.
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