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“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 night was as musically tight and adventurous as any in the LRB’s 31 year history.
It’s easy to place the spotlight on Shelor alone. He is a player who distains flash and keeps his solos efficient but brief. But what he packed into songs like Who Needs You were passages of effortless rhythmic drive and huge expressive color. But mandolinist/vocalist Randy Jones regularly matched Shelor in terms of tone, precision and pure musical agility. Then the entire quintet loosened up during a series of jazzy, round-robin solos that led into Hobo’s Blues to reveal the complete scope of the LRB’s instrumental maturity.