Jesse Smathers Wins IBMA Momentum Vocalist of the Year Award

Jesse Smathers Wins IBMA Momentum Vocalist of the Year Award

Raleigh, NC (October 2, 2017) – Lonesome River Band is proud to announce Jesse Smathers has been honored with the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Momentum Vocalist of the Year Award.  Smathers accepted the award last week during the IBMA’s...
VIP Experience Tickets Avail for Sept 1 at Triad Music Festival

VIP Experience Tickets Avail for Sept 1 at Triad Music Festival

The 6th Annual Triad Music Festival & AMPD Expo will take place August 31 – September 2 and will feature 3 days and 3 stages of music. The multi-award winning Lonesome River Band will hit the mainstage on Friday, September 1 at the Hanesbrands Theatre located at...
New Album & Mayhayley’s House Now Released

New Album & Mayhayley’s House Now Released

CLICK HERE FOR MUSIC OUTLETS After 35 years of releasing hit after hit, Lonesome River Band is back with yet another stellar project. Their new album Mayhayley’s House is out today on Mountain Home Music Company. It is available for purchase and streaming at many...
Lonesome River Band Returns to Host RudyFest

Lonesome River Band Returns to Host RudyFest

Lonesome River Band returns to Grayson, Kentucky this Friday, June 23 to host RudyFest at Carter County Fairgrounds. The band, who is now out on their 35th Anniversary tour, will also be celebrating their brand new album Mayhayley’s House (purchase here) releasing...
Live Perf Review: LRB at Festival of the Bluegrass

Live Perf Review: LRB at Festival of the Bluegrass

“As has been the case for many years, the Lonesome River Band headlined the Festival’s first night with a set boasting a musicality both rustic and relaxed. Leader Sammy Shelor again typlified the mix. As an often awarded banjoist, he remains a retiring figure...

WRAL TV 5: Lonesome River Band Among Headliners

The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass festival in the last week of September will feature Red Hat Amphitheater performances by The Infamous Stringdusters present the Wide Open Jam; Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn; Hot Rize; The...

Floyd Co. Times: Mountain Arts Center To Host Lonesome River Band

Coming off of four International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award nominations in 2016, Lonesome River Band continues a relentless touring schedule. On Friday, April 28, Lonesome River Band will make a stop in Prestonsburg for a performance in the Willard and...

Lonesome River Band keeps rolling

Check it out at Journal Now When it comes to traditional music bona fides, Sammy Shelor has most people beat: Charlie Poole, a country-music pioneer, taught Shelor’s grandfather how to play banjo, and Shelor’s grandfather taught Shelor. “Charlie used to hang out in...

Baseball and Bluegrass with Lonesome River Band

UNCLE DAVE MACON DAYS PRESENTS CENTRAL MAGNET SCHOOL’S BASEBALL AND BLUEGRASS WITH LONESOME RIVER BAND DECEMBER 10TH AT 6:30PM Uncle Dave Macon Days presents a new series — “Nights of Bluegrass” benefiting Central Magnet School’s baseball program on December...

Official IBMA Kick-Off Party with Lonesome River Band

The Official International Bluegrass Association’s World of Bluegrass Kick-Off Party, sponsored by Moonstruck Management, will feature Lonesome River Band who received four IBMA Award Nominations this year.  The party will take place on Tuesday, September 27, 6:00...

LRB Receives Four 2016 IBMA Nominations

As announced during this morning’s International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) press conference held at the Sirius XM studios in Nashville, Lonesome River Band received four 2016 IBMA Award Nominations including one for Album of the Year for Bridging the...

New Music from Lonesome River Band

Bridging The Tradition A Groundbreaking New Release from Lonesome River Band (3/19/16 – Mountain Home Music Company) Lonesome River Band had been established for nearly a decade when the band released its landmark album, Carrying the Tradition, in 1991. The...

In the Studio!

Lonesome River Band is back at Crossroad Studios recording our new album coming soon on Mountain Home Music. [soliloquy id=”1469″]

New LRB Album – Coming Back Home To You

Lonesome River Band is proud to announce the release of a special compilation album of their earlier Mountain Home releases. Coming Back Home To You includes selections from Window Of Time, Head On Into Heartache and Road With No End albums. Coming Back Home To You is...

Lonesome River Band Receives Four IBMA Nominations

Press Release, Nashville, Tenn. (August 12, 2015) —  Lonesome River Band’s enduring fans and peers have supported the group for over 30 years and have honored them with four International Bluegrass Music Association Nominations. As announced this morning during...

GMA Dove Award Ballot

Lonesome River Band’s song “Holding to the Right Hand” from their album Turn On A Dime appears on the Gospel Music Association’s DOVE AWARD ballot in the Bluegrass / Country Recorded Song of the Year...

Bluegrass Underground Announces Full 2015 Season Lineup

Excerpts: (Read full press release at Cybergrass) From Living Legends to a pre-teen phenom – BGU has a packed calendar that will feature award winning Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mountain Heart, EmiSunshine, Frank...

Sammy Shelor Talks about Life, Music and Banjos

We hope you enjoy the article and the two-part VIDEO series by Appalachian Music and Culture – “Sammy Shelor Talks about Life, Music and Banjos.” Watch Videos and Read more here....

Review by Lonesome Road Review for Turn On A Dime

Read the entire review at Lonesome Road Review Excerpt:  “If James Brown was the hardest working man in show business, LRB would have to be the hardest working band in the bluegrass business.  I can’t recall the number of times I’ve seen that green tour bus,...

Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Track by Track

Thanks to Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction and Kyle Cantrell for hosting our Track by Track for our new Mountain Home Music album, Turn On A Dime.  In case you missed it, here are additional...

Album Review – Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

“Sammy Shelor is mesmerizing and precise as always on banjo, guitarist Brandon Rickman sings warm and effortless leads, Mike Hartgrove fiddles convincingly in both contemporary and traditional styles, Randy Jones provides engaging tenor range leads and mandolin...

Bluegrass Today: Music that Makes Me Happy

Lonesome River Band’s Turn On A Dime album listed in Bluegrass Today’s Music That Makes Me Happy  “….this return to the classic LRB sound was a treat for fans. Their funky update of Shelly’s Winter Love was fun, and songs like Teardrop Express...

#1 on Bluegrass Today Top 20

Thank you radio and to all the fans requesting music from our new album Turn On A Dime. “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime” has been #1 for 4 weeks in a row on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Weekly Song Chart (11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/18/2014).  Thank...

Album Review for Turn On A Dime by Bluegrass Today

Perhaps the best way to describe Turn on a Dime, their new effort from Mountain Home Music Company, is that from start to finish, it’s a Lonesome River Band album – just what fans have come to expect from one of the most consistent hitmakers in bluegrass music. Among...

Bluegrass on Main Street will bring music to the square

Lonesome River Band has traveled all across the country, but Ohio is one of the members’ favorite places to stop. “Ohio has always been a great state for us” banjo player Sammy Shelor said. “There’s always been a great bluegrass...

LRB to Debut New album at IBMA World of Bluegrass

Lonesome River Band will debut their new album, Turn On a Dime from Mountain Home Music Company, this week at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. The band at their Pre-CD Release Party taking place Wednesday, October 1 at...

Lonesome River Band Set to Release New Album

For more than three decades, Lonesome River Band has set a standard that other Bluegrass groups have aspired towards. They have returned to live up to that standard with their first original studio release in four years, Turn on a Dime, from Mountain Home Music...

Lonesome River Band Signs with Mountain Home Music Company

Carrying the tradition into 2014, Bluegrass powerhouse The Lonesome River Band has just signed an exclusive recording agreement with North Carolina-based label Mountain Home Music Company. The band’s multi-award-winning banjo player Sammy Shelor comments:...

Sammy Shelor on WMYN Radio

Tune in on the air on online at WMYN Radio Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM EST to talk about Lonesome River Band’s music, touring and...

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everybody!  Thanks to Anthony Ladd for the photo! We hope to see you at these upcoming shows!Nov 1 – Fall Festival  – Dixieland RV Park, Waldo, FL Sat, Nov 2 – Brock Performing Arts Center, Mocksville, NC Sat, Nov 9 –...

Sammy Shelor to Perform with Alan Jackson at Station Inn

Sammy Shelor will perform at the Station Inn in Nashville, TN on Tuesday, August 27 with Alan Jackson to promote his new bluegrass album.  The show will be hosted by Eddie Stubbs and broadcast live on WSM 650AM, streamed live on wsmonline.com and available via the...

Lonesome River Band Returns as Host of RUDY FEST

Lonesome River Band returns as the Host of RUDY FEST held at the Carter County Fairgrounds in Grayson, KY.  The event began today and runs through Saturday, June 22 with LRB taking the stage Friday and Saturday. This year’s festival will also feature The Bluegrass...

Live Performance Review – Festival of the Bluegrass

Read the entire review here. “The headliner was a Festival regular, the Lonesome River Band, a group that last year came off a pretty heady anniversary of its own. But the quintet lineup that group leader and longstanding banjo titan Sammy Shelor showcased last...

Chronology, Volume 3 Now Released / Special VIP Bundle Announced

Rural Rhythm Records Press Release:October 16, 2012 Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce today’s new album release, CHRONOLOGY, VOLUME THREE by the award-winning LONESOME RIVER BAND.   A commemorative 3 CD Collector’s Edition of the CHRONOLOGY VOLUMES ONE – THREE...

Yallwire Video Interview

Check out Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman and Randy Jones interview with Yallwire at the BMI Press Reception prior to the 2012 IBMA Awards...

Review: Chronology, Volume Two by Hudson Valley Bluegrass

“Unsullied with the strains of rock, jazz or country, they continue to put out a bluegrass sound that has its roots in McCoury and Rice, and derived right from the  sounds of Monroe and his peers. Whether you call it traditional bluegrass, straight bluegrass, or...

LRB Heads to Nashville for 3 Performances

Rural Rhythm press release: Lonesome River Band Set To Thrill Fans with Three Nashville Performances This Week Award-Winning Group Continues Celebration of CHRONOLOGY Album Series Commemorating 30th Anniversary Nashville, TN (August 13, 2012) The award-winning...

Review: Chronology Volume One – ROUGHSTOCK

“Lonesome River Band, like Special Consensus, have been working for decades now and on this eight track album, the current configuration of the legendary bluegrass outfit takes on some of the band’s best, most well-known songs from the first decade of their career....

Review "Chronology Volume One" by Hudson Valley Bluegrass

“Although routed in the tradition sound of artist including Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe, LRB has always features a driving rhythm, tight vocal harmonies and arrangement, in addition to dynamic improvisations. Just listen to their treatment of Angeline the Baker,...

#1 Song on Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart

“Close The Door Lightly When You Go” by Lonesome River Band hit #1 on the May 4, 2012 Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart.  The song appears on the band’s CHRONOLOGY, VOLUME ONE...

LRB Fans Choosing Songs for Volume Three!

LONESOME RIVER BAND is very proud to announce an exciting new fan choice poll to determine which songs will appear on our upcoming new album, CHRONOLOGY, VOLUME THREE. This landmark project is set for release this fall on Rural Rhythm Records and will be the final in...

Sammy Shelor on Earl Scruggs: Bluegrass Today

“Earl Scruggs influenced American music as much as any one individual. He definitely had a big influence on me. My parents said before I could talk, the only thing I would watch on TV was commercials, and Flatt & Scruggs. I saw them when I was 4 years old at...

CD Review at Lonesome Road Review

“If you’re a longtime LRB fan and have all their old albums this is still a good one to add to your collection since they are all cut again for this CD. If you don’t have the old versions, run out and get this one. It’s a good listen.”  Read entire review...

Review: Amazon

“This EP satisfies nicely.” by Steve Ramm (Anything Phonographic) – Read full review at Amazon

"Sammy Shelor's Banjo leads to Letterman" – CMT.com

“…As fervent bluegrass followers know, Shelor leads the Lonesome River Band, which turned 30 this year. Their calendar is booked with a never-ending highway of clubs, fairs and festivals. And, oh, by the way, on Friday (Nov. 11), he’s performing on...

New York Times – "Steve Martin honors another banjo player"

Read full article at the New York Times here.  “Comparing Mr. Shelor to Noam Pikelny, the musician who was the first winner of the Steve Martin Prize, Mr. Martin said Mr. Pikelny “represented a little more avant-garde-type player, with jazz influences, although...

Sammy Shelor wins Steve Martin prize

As reported in today’s New York Times, Steve Martin announced Sammy Shelor is the second winner of The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.  Sammy and the Lonesome River Band will perform with Steve Martin on the “Late Show With David Letterman”...

Album Review: Country Standard Time

“Lancaster might well have resisted the changing of traditions, but surely would have found it difficult to resist “Mayhayleys’ House.” From the first note to the last, she would have found a rich, dynamic and enjoyable project that had evolved...

Album Review: Soundwaveone

As I “picked” through the music album from the Lonesome River Band, called Mayhayley’s House. I really was thoroughly impressed and from the start with the song called “Wrong Road Again” the group just picks away and is really amazing to...
Album Review: My Kind of Country

Album Review: My Kind of Country

As one expects from this band, the instrumental playing is brilliant but tasteful, with banjo star Sammy Shelor anchoring the sound. Both the current lead singers are outstanding too – the smoky characterful baritone of Brandon Rickman (one of my favorite singers...