ABOUT

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The Smoky Nights is a Cookeville TN band with a unique folk/pop/soul sound! Leading members Lily and Anthony Nguyen are originally from Wisconsin, and have been performing music together for over 6 years in Middle Tennessee!

GUITAR/VOCALS - ANTHONY NGUYEN

Anthony is a multi-instrumentalist: drummer for 21 years, saxophonist for 18 years, guitarist for 13 years, and singer since childhood. An engineer by trade, he graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He also does live sound mixing, graphic design, and other creative work for the band!

MANDOLIN/VOCALS - LILY NGUYEN

Lily is a self-taught mandolinist, tambourine player, and our dynamic female lead singer & performer. A Tennessee Tech graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, she also manages and coordinates our stage outfits! Together, Lily and Anthony wrote the lyrics & music for Burning Bridges (2019) and Waking Up In Wonderland (2021).

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VIOLIN - STEPHANIE BROOKS

Stephanie is a freelance violinist, violist, and cellist from Lakeland, Florida. She recorded "Dreamcatcher" with the band in 2022 and joined shortly after as a full-time member. With a Bachelor's degree in performance from Florida State University, she also plays violin and viola in many Chattanooga area local bands and string ensembles.

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DRUMS - DEREK LANE

Originally from Sparta, Derek started full-time with us in 2020. He recorded drums for "Waking Up In Wonderland" (2021) at FAME Studios in Alabama. He's our man of many talents - drummer, gear tech, and tour driver!

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BASS - CHARLES GASTON

Charles joined the band in early 2020 at the Road to Nightfall series in Chattanooga! Our part-time bassist since, he plays both electric and upright. Charles recorded bass for "Waking Up In Wonderland" (2021) and has also joined us for large stage events and Fleetwood Mac Tribute shows.

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