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 a press conference that aired on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, three of the band’s nominations are for songs from their Billboard Bluegrass Chart album TURN ON A DIME released by Mountain Home Music Company last fall.

Lonesome River Band’s Nominations include: SONG OF THE YEAR for “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime,” written by Bart Butler, Timothy Johnson, Shane Minor with lead vocals by LRB member Brandon Rickman; GOSPEL RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR for the beautiful “Holding To The Right Hand” written by Marvin Clark with the impressive lead vocals by Rickman; and INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR for “Cumberland Gap” arranged and produced by Sammy Shelor who also received a nomination for BANJO PERFORMER OF THE YEAR.

ibma_awardsThe winners will be announced at the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Awards Show on October 1 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“We are very appreciative of the support of the voting members of the IBMA. We had so much fun doing this record and thankful for the acceptance it has received,” said Shelor.

album-LonesomeRiverBand-TurnDime-600w“Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime” has been a true radio hit, garnering the #1 spot seven times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart; reaching #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Chart, and currently holding #1 position on this month’s Cashbox Magazine’s Top 10 Bluegrass Songs Chart.

The Lonesome River Band’s full line-up includes Sammy Shelor on Banjo & Vocals, Brandon Rickman on Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals; Mike Hartgrove on fiddle, Barry Reed on bass, and Jesse Smathers on Mandolin and Lead & Harmony Vocals.


Sammy Shelor is one of the most influential and most in-demand banjo players of our time. His extraordinary talents and magnetic personality are certainly key to his success as he leads the multi-award winning Lonesome River Band. Shelor is a member of the Virginia Music Hall of Fame, a 5-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Performer of the Year Award, 3-time winner of the SPBGMA Banjo Performer of the Year Award, and winner of the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass where he performed with LRB and Martin on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Shelor recorded and performed with country super star Alan Jackson and returned to the Late Show with David Letterman to perform “Blacktop” from Jackson’s The Bluegrass Album. In between Lonesome River Band’s busy tour dates, Shelor is in high demand as a guest artist and has performed on stage with Zac Brown, and more high profile artists.

In June 2015, Lonesome River Band members Sammy Shelor and Mike Hartgrove performed with actor Martin Short when Steve Martin was honored with the 43rd American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film. The award was presented to Steve Martin during the gala tribute at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. and aired on TBS. The star-studded event included: Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Conan O’Brien, Dan Aykroyd, Jack Black, Kevin Nealon, Steve Carell, and many more.