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Likeness to Lily

Formed by singer-songwriter Susan Oetgen in 2003 after an unanticipated but fortuitous detour from her opera career, Likeness to Lily is not only named in honor of her great-grandmother, but also for an old legend which declares that these mythic flowers will bloom out of the dirt wherever a saint sheds her tears. Likeness to Lily also features pianist Tony Melone, bass player Ian M. Riggs and drummer Evan Pazner. Their 2008 record Farewell, Recruit featured guest luminaries Franz Nicolay and Peter Hess from the Hold Steady, Jeremiah Lockwood from Sway Machinery & Balkan Beat Box, Max Moston from Antony & the Johnsons, and Dave Wechsler from The Brooklyn Philharmonic.

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