“They sometimes sound like David Grisman or the Punch Brothers, but they’re not so esoteric. It’s pop, in that it’s rich with melody, hooks, vocal and instrumental harmonies, and superb technique. Weaving lots of influences into a sound that appeals to the mainstream takes talent. These guys have it.”
“The Lil' Smokies' are tighter than a Speedo on Tommy Lee. Call it newgrass or Americana with extra banjo, the band's sound is an update to an old genre. But these guys can still crank out weapons-grade bluegrass if need be. Their résumé attests to this, listing opening slots for Greensky Bluegrass, the Emmitt-Nershi Band, and perhaps most memorably, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers at Ogren Park last summer.”
“The first time I saw the Lil' Smokies they were performing in a dark alley outside of a venue I was visiting to see a show...I never made it to that show. They bobbed and weaved their way through great bluegrass classics and originals with effortless strides and changed my mind about bluegrass that night. Since then, I have always made it a point to check out their live performances and as their popularity grew so did their connection to each other and the music. The Lil' Smokies never disappoint. Nice guys with a bluegrass problem, the best kind.”
"The Lil' Smokies are the best Bluegrass band I've seen in Montana. You don't need to go to Kentucky to see great Bluegrass, you just have to catch their next show!"
“The smoke was clearing as the Lil' Smokies wound up the opening set of the River City Roots Festival on Saturday, which set the stage for an ideal summer wrap-up before school starts on Monday. "This is the biggest crowd we've had for an opening act," said Ellen Buchanan, who has helped organize the festival for all six years, as she surveyed the audience on Main Street below the festival's main stage. "It's a big party in Missoula."”
“Inside, the dance floor was filling up fast while local favorites Lil’ Smokies warmed things up in a hurry. The six piece string band pulled off one of the most solid sets I’d seen them perform in a long time, including a crowd pleasing rendition of Hank Williams III’s “Smoke and Wine,” and a brilliant version of Bela Fleck’s “Lochs of Dread” that placed extra emphasis on the fluid lead lines of their dobro player.”