Globe Hall seems like you’re local neighborhood tavern. But beyond the well-worn chairs and tables is a modest stage that is fast becoming a destination for world-class artists. If someone at the bar looks like they could be in a band, chances are they are about to go on stage. When you see the headliner in the line to the bathroom, you know you have time to order another beer. The no frills atmosphere removes the barriers between the musicians and the fans. It was a perfect place to see Lillie Mae.
|Lillie Mae – all photos by The Rock
and Roll Princess
During Jack White’s solo tours, fiddle player Lillie Mae Rische stood out from the rest of his band members. Her unique country style softened Jack White’s rough garage rock sound. Lillie Mae started playing music when she was just three years old. She was in a band with her sisters and brother named Jypsi. Years of non-stop playing in Nashville paid off when they signed a record deal when she was just sixteen years old. After the family band broke up, Lillie Mae performed with the likes of Miranda Lambert and Dwight Yoakam. Then she received a call to play for Jack White (my personal lord and savior). Lillie Mae appeared on both his solo albums and traveled the world with White’s various bands. Now she dropped her last name and is touring as a solo artist. Jack White produced her debut album Forever and Then Some and released it on his label Third Man Records. White also played on the album (he is credited as “Cool”Whip Triplet on shakers). Her brother Frank Carter Rische also played on her record and is a member of her band.
|Lillie Mae and her hand|
The petite twenty-seven year old Lillie Mae performed to a small, but enthusiastic crowd on Wednesday. Dressed in a colorful skirt and cowboy boots, Lille Mae led her band through the majority of the songs on her album. The current single Wash Me Clean featured her amazing fiddle playing that inspired her to hop around the stage (something she did when I saw her perform with Jack White). Honkey Tonks and Taverns was another highlight as a couple two-stepped through the crowd making the song come to life. Lillie Mae played a rare Waylon Jennings’ song Your the Only One I Sing my Love Songs Too that had the audience almost in tears.
|Frank Carter Rische
Before inviting the famous Oklahoma fiddle player Jake Simpson on stage, Lillie Me confessing to the crowd that she was nervous playing in front of him. Simpson borrowed her fiddle and made the crowd wonder if the Globe Hall was some kind of fiddle player haven. Frank Carter Rische took his turn on lead vocals that resulted in the crowd chanting his name by the end of the song. It was apparent that the siblings have spent the their life performing.
The show was scheduled to end at 11:00, but didn’t finish until around midnight. Lillie Mae talked to the crowd as they left and was kind enough to let me reminisce about a legendary Jack White show. It was an experience you can only have in The Honky-Tonks and Taverns.
Brianna Straut was one of the supporting acts. The Texan who moved to Colorado is a member of Denver’s own Tomahawk Fox. The folk rock band won Westword’s Best of the West competition and recently had a showcase at Austin’s SWSW. Straut revealed her shock to find out earlier that night her college acquaintance was Lillie Mae’s guitar player. Hurricane Harvey weighted heavily on Straut’s mind. She dedicated In the Sky/Sweet Chariot to the people of Texas.
Denver music scene staple, Amanda Capper, started the night of music. Many of her friends and family were in the audience (her brother took video of her performance). Capper had a percussion player accompany her on an amplified wooden box (Zac Brown’s percussionist plays something similar). Her guitar strumming slowly built tension until she released her raw emotional vocals.
See you at the next show. I’ll be the one hopping around playing a wooden box.