Don’t miss longtime Epi fan Lillie Mae’s new album Other Girls produced by GRAMMY winner Dave Cobb. Lillie Mae, who is both an expert fiddler and guitarist, is on tour this fall in the U.S. with Robert Plant & the Sensational Shape Shifters and will also perform at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco and the Moonshiner’s Ball in Livingston, Kentucky. Read our classic interview and visit her website for details. 

Epiphone first met Lillie Mae at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas where she took home a Masterbilt Century Zenith Classic and talked about meeting Sun Records producer and later Charlie Pride producer Cowboy Jack Clement. It was Clement who helped inspire Lillie Mae and her equally talented brothers and sisters to give Nashville a chance. 

“We moved here in January 2000. Cowboy Jack Clement moved our family here, paid for us to record,” Lillie Mae told Epiphone. “Cowboy was a character. He asked us: "You guys know any twin fiddle parts?" And we said, "yup." We didn't do any twin fiddles at that point (laughs). Cowboy left the room, went to the kitchen, probably to roast a marshmallow over the stove, and came back and we had worked up a harmony to whatever instrumental we were doing. So, 30 seconds later, yup, we know twin fiddles.

He moved us here immediately. We had some incredible experiences over there. I was 8 or 9 and being over at Cowboy Jack's every day, meeting all those cats that were hanging out over there—wow. We recorded tons. We made movies. He put me in acting classes—he invested a lot in us. And we stayed in touch with him as much as possible until he died. The door was always open. He's so missed. And the atmosphere he created! When you went to Cowboy's, you saw everybody. It was such a unique group. Since Cowboy passed away, I haven't seen 90% of those people. That's the sad thing. Where did they go? I don't know.”