Music has always been a major part of Lillie Mae’s life. At the age of 3, Mae started performing and playing with her family band at churches, fairs, festivals and theme parks. The family moved to Nashville when she was 8, expanding their profile and her own experience as traveling and performing became the norm.
At age 14, Lillie Mae and her siblings formed the band Jypsi and signed with Arista Records. They garnered two Top 40 singles on Billboard's Hot Country chart however, that success didn’t last. The fickleness of the major label system caused Jypsi’s album to be shelved before it was released.
Lillie Mae would go on to find success as a studio musician, performing with many top musicians, including Dwight Yoakam, the Grammy-nominated Michael Kiwanuka, Dean Fertitta and Jack White. She met the Third Man crew when White’s long-time engineer Josh Smith suggested that she and her sister Scarlett record for The Lone Ranger soundtrack. Around that time, White was putting the finishing touches on his solo debut, Blunderbuss, and enlisted Mae to perform on “Take Me With You When You Go.” White then invited Lillie to join his all-female touring band and with Jypsi on hiatus, she accepted the offer.
Those journeys with White brought her to some of the biggest festival and concert halls in the world. From Neil Young’s legendary Bridge School benefit show to playing fiddle for Robert Plant and even opening for him. When touring commenced with White, she’d go on to release two albums via his Third Man Records label - 2017’s Forever and Then Some and 2019’s Other Girls.
In 2021, Lillie Mae got to work on her next album Festival Eyes with Texas producer Beau Bedford and her family serving as her backing band. The eight track collection is set for release in late 2023. Lillie Mae also performs select dates with Jim Lauderdale & The Game Changers.