Best Band

Lil’ Smokies

They may be named in honor of a popular brand of cocktail wieners, but the Lil’ Smokies are a main course in the Missoula music scene. With Pete Barrett’s guitar, Andy Dunnigan’s dobro, Scott Parker’s upright bass, Matt Cornette’s banjo, Cameron Wilson’s mandolin and Jesse Brown’s fiddle, the Lil’ Smokies stick to the basic instrumentation of bluegrass while pushing their songs into consistently surprising directions. Since starting in 2009, the Lil’ Smokies have played all over town, toured around the Northwest and opened for big acts like Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Whether they’re playing the Old Post’s back deck or a festival stage in Seattle, the Lil’ Smokies make every show feel intimate and alive. Lil' Smokies:

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