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Center Stage: Sammy Shelor leads Lonesome River Band to Bristol’s Paramount Center for the Arts on June 16

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by Tom Netherland
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Lonesome River Band leader Sammy Shelor has gone Hollywood.

And returned home to Southwest Virginia.

Catch the soaring star when he leads Lonesome River Band to Bristol’s Paramount Center for the Arts on June 16. The show, one of many within The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming, includes Dale Jett and his band Hello Stranger as the opening act.

“I’m trying to recover from the past week,” said Shelor from his home in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. “It’s been nuts.”

Shelor and his banjo traveled to Hollywood along with fellow Lonesome River Band member Mike Hartgrove. They performed “Friend of Mine” with comedian Martin Short during the American Film Institute’s program to honor Steve Martin with its lifetime achievement award on June 4.

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NBC: Huck Finn Bluegrass Jubilee: Big Stars, Big Tunes

stevemartinhuckfinnFRIDAY, JUNE 12 THROUGH SUNDAY, JUNE 14… and the aforementioned masters of music will be out in fiddle-fantastic force. Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers are on the bluegrassy bill, as are Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn. Traditional purveyors of the form The Spinney Brothers shall play, and Railroad Earth from New Jersey. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Lonesome River Band, and Leftover Salmon out of Boulder are more majors to look forward to over the long mid-June weekend.

Read full article at http://www.nbclosangeles.com/blogs/worth-the-drive/Huck-Finn-Bluegrass-Jubilee-Big-Stars-Big-Tunes-307081141.html

Center Stage: Sammy Shelor leads Lonesome River Band to Bristol’s Paramount Center for the Arts on June 16

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logo-bristol-herald-courierExcerpt:
Lonesome River Band leader Sammy Shelor has gone Hollywood.

And returned home to Southwest Virginia.

Catch the soaring star when he leads Lonesome River Band to Bristol’s Paramount Center for the Arts on June 16. The show, one of many within The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming, includes Dale Jett and his band Hello Stranger as the opening act.

“I’m trying to recover from the past week,” said Shelor from his home in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. “It’s been nuts.”

Shelor and his banjo traveled to Hollywood along with fellow Lonesome River Band member Mike Hartgrove. They performed “Friend of Mine” with comedian Martin Short during the American Film Institute’s program to honor Steve Martin with its lifetime achievement award on June 4.  – continue reading

Sammy Shelor & Mike Hartgrove Perform with Martin Short at 43rd Annual Life Achievement Award Show Honoring Steve Martin

Sammy Shelor and Martin Short during rehearsal for 43rd Life Achievement Award Show Honoring Steve Martin  photo credit: Josh Trivett

Sammy Shelor and Martin Short during rehearsal for 43rd Life Achievement Award Show Honoring Steve Martin
photo credit: Josh Trivett

Lonesome River Band members Sammy Shelor and Mike Hartgrove performed last night 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 in Los Angeles, Calif. and will air June 13th on TBS at 10:00 p.m. 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.

While Steve Martin was made aware of the guests that would be appearing on stage during the event, Sammy Shelor was his one surprise guest. Martin had previously awarded Shelor with the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. In honor of that award, the Lonesome River Band performed with Steve Martin on the Late Night with David Letterman and they also sat down with the talk show host for an entertaining interview.

Sammy Shelor is undoubtedly 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 Player of the Year Award, and 3-time winner of the SPBGMA Banjo Performer of the Year Award. 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.

Mike Hartgrove, Sammy Shelor on the red carpet at 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Show Honoring Steve Martin

Mike Hartgrove, Sammy Shelor on the red carpet at 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Show Honoring Steve Martin

Mike “Grove” Hartgrove is among the most experienced fiddlers in bluegrass music, having performed with the likes of George Jones, Moe Bandy, The Bluegrass Cardinals, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. He was a founding IIIrd Tyme Out with whom he toured and recorded with for 11 years before joining Lonesome River Band.

Earlier this week, Lonesome River Band made several announcements including the addition of a new band member, Jesse Smathers, their #1 Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Song Chart hit single, “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime” from their Billboard Bluegrass Top 10 Album, Turn On A Dime (Mountain Home Music Company), and the TV debut of their music video “Lila Mae.”

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.

photos by Josh Trivett

Sammy Shelor meets Conan O’Brien photo by Josh Trivett

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Rehearsal with Martin Short and Sammy Shelor Photo by Josh Trivett

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Sammy Shelor and Mike Hartgrove rehearsal photo by Josh Trivett

Mike Hartgrove, Sammy Shelor, Josh Trivett

Mike Hartgrove, Sammy Shelor, Josh Trivett

 

 

Sammy Shelor, Mike Hartgrove, Josh Trivett

Sammy Shelor, Mike Hartgrove, Josh Trivett

New Member, #1 Chart Song and “Lila Mae” TV Debut

Lonesome River Band has a plethora of good news to kick off the summer including a new band member Jesse Smathers, a #1 chart song and the TV debut for their “Lila Mae” music video.

jesse-smathers-croppedAward-winning musician, Jesse Smathers now joins Lonesome River Band on mandolin and lead & harmony vocals, replacing Randy Jones who has taken a full-time job outside the music business. Jesse lives in Eden, North Carolina and previously toured with the James King Band, High Voltage and most recently Nothin’ Fancy. Last year, Jesse was inducted in Phi Alpha Mu, a music fraternity, as a Sinfonian, joining such greats as John Phillip Sousa, Count Bassie, Duke Ellington, and Andy Griffith. Jesse comes from a long line of musicians. His grandfather, Harold Smathers, and grand Uncle Luke Smathers, recorded for June Appal and were awarded the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award in 1993 for their contributions to North Carolina Folk Music.

Lonesome River Band is currently celebrating a #1 hit song, “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime,” from their Mountain Home Music Company album, Turn On A Dime. This fan favorite tune hit the top spot this month on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Song Chart with the album at #8 on the Top 15 Album Chart. “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime” previously garnered the #1 position seven times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart and has appeared on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks and the Roots Music Reports Top 50 Singles charts as well.

Lonesome River Band is also celebrating another hit song, “Lila Mae” that made its debut #5 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20 Song Chart for June and continues to chart on the publication’s Weekly Top 20.

“Lila Mae” was released as the band’s first concept music video that has been a big hit with LRB’s loyal fans. The video will make its TV debut when it airs in the U.S. the weeks of June 29 and July 20 on Bluegrass Ridge – a thirty-minute, weekly TV show featuring some of the best names in bluegrass music. The show airs on Heartland TV, The Family Channel, Angel Two / Dish TV, Blue Highways TV, and AMG TV. Each episode is hosted by an artist in the genre, and recent hosts include award-winning vocalist Carrie Hassler, Jamie Johnson of the Grascals, Doyle Lawson, and many more.

Lonesome River Band continues their busy tour with performances at the Dinwiddie Music Fest at the Virginia Motorsports Park this Friday, June 5 and then on to the Sally Gap Bluegrass Music Festival in Williamsburg, Kentucky on Saturday. Next week, they will perform at the Festival of the Bluegrass at the Kentucky Horse Park on June 11, before heading to California for the Huck Finn Jubilee on June 13 and headlining the Laguna Beach Live Bluegrass & BBQ at the Ranch at Laguna Beach on June 14. On June 16, Lonesome River Band will perform at the Crooked Road Mountains of Music Homecoming in Bristol, Tenn.

Jesse’s first show with Lonesome River Band will be Thursday, June 25 at the Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, Vermont. Lonesome River Band will again headline the popular Rudy Fest in Grayson, Kentucky June 26-27 with members Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman, Mike Hartgrove, Barry Reed, Jesse Smathers, along with Randy Jones’ last performance with the group.

For more information and a complete tour schedule, please visit www.lonesomeriverband.com.

Lonesome River Band to Headline 6th Annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival May 9, 2015

Festival to Benefit Kids & College Students in Loudoun County

lonesome_river_band_sandlin_gaither_banner3cLonesome River Band will headline the 6th Annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival on May 9, 2015. The event will take place from 10am – 10pm at the Loudoun County 4-H Fairgrounds located at 17558 Dry Mill Road in Leesburg, Virginia. Tickets are available at www.bluegrassloudoun.com. Advance tickets are $20.00 Adults (14 and older); $30 at the gate. $8 for Youth (7-13) and children 6 and under are free.

All profits from the event will go to helping pay tuition for deserving local students who otherwise could not afford college, to Cops for Kids that brings Christmas to children in Loudoun County, and to other charities of the Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport.
Sign-up is now open for the Pickin’ Contest with Cash prizes for Band Competition, Banjo, Fiddle, Flatpicking, and Mandolin. Pre-register for contests at www.bluegrassloudoun.com. Bring your favorite lawn chair, but no outside food or drink is allowed.

This family friendly festival will take place rain or shine with plenty of indoor and outdoor pickin’ areas, workshops (Vocal, Banjo, Bass, Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, and Clogging.) Join us for a Barn Dance, Bluegrass, Old-time, Swing & Irish Jams. Great food, BBQ and local wineries will be present.

Lonesome River Band will be performing songs from their exciting new album, Turn On A Dime recently released on Mountain Home Music. the label just release a brand new video “Lila Mae” that can be viewed at .lonesomeriverband.com. The multi-award winning band includes native Virginian, Sammy Shelor who is a member of the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, is a 5-Time Winner of the IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award, and recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo in Bluegrass. He is joined by the incredible talents of Brandon Rickman (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle), Randy Jones (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals), and Barry Reed (Bass) who perform LRB’s trademark sound that fans, media and radio continue to praise.

The Loudoun County Bluegrass Festival will also include performances by: Circa Blue, The Bumper Jacksons, Blue Rhythm Boys, East of Monroe, and the Plankstompers. For more information on the festival, including the Main Stage and Workshop Schedules, please visit www.bluegrassloudoun.com.

Mountain Home Music Announces New Music Video: Lila Mae by Lonesome River Band


Nashville, TN (April 14, 2015) — After enthusiastic fan responses over the last week to their countdown for their new music video, Lonesome River Band is proud to announce the official release of “Lila Mae.” The video made its debut this morning on Mountain Music Company’s YouTube Channel and can also be viewed at LonesomeRiverBand.com and the band’s Facebook page. The song “Lila Mae,” written by Alex Kline, Kirk Sauers, and LRB band member Brandon Rickman, appears on their album Turn On A Dime that made its debut on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Chart last November.

This Civil War era video was shot on location at Wheatlands Plantation in Sevierville, Tenn., was directed by Kim White at View Finders TV.com, and produced by Mountain Home Music Company. Lonesome River Band’s manager, Josh Trivett, owner of Moonstruck Management, along with Natalie Moore and Nathan Morrison, play the lead characters in the video. Lonesome River Band’s die-hard fans will also enjoy the performances by 5-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year and Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer Sammy Shelor, fiddler Mike Hargrove, bassist Barry Reed, with guitarist Brandon Rickman on lead vocals, and mandolinist Randy Jones on harmony vocals.

The band can also be seen in another Mountain Home video production, “Lonesome River Band: Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime, From Studio to Stage” celebrating their first single release from Turn On A Dime. The song garnered the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart for seven weeks and reached as high as #2 on SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Top 40 Most Played Tracks. This fan-favorite song continues its climb up the Bluegrass Unlimited (BU) National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Song chart with the album appearing at #2 this month on the BU Top 15 Album Chart. Numerous other tracks continue to hit a variety of radio charts including “Lila Mae” climbing up the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart over the last three weeks.

Lonesome River Band has been touring internationally for over 30 years as they continue to be one of the most celebrated bluegrass bands of all time They made their national TV debut on the Late Show with David Letterman in honor of Sammy Shelor’s Steve Martin Prize for Excellent in Banjo and Bluegrass Award, frequently perform on the Grand Ole Opry, and headline and host high profile events.

For more information on Mountain Home, please visit their website at mountainhomemusiccompany.com.

Album Review for Turn On A Dime by Rambles.net

album-LonesomeRiverBand-TurnDime-600w“No surprise, everything works like a finely tuned, well-oiled machine able to Turn on a Dime. Any LRB fan has to know only that it’s an LRB album. Satisfaction is guaranteed, even assumed. If you like bluegrass, disdaining anything the band does is not an option. These guys have the whole notion of modern ‘grass mastered.” Read the entire review at Rambles.net.

Bluegrass Underground Announces Full 2015 Season Lineup

2014-lonesome-river-band_SMALLExcerpts: (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 Fairfield, Ben Sollee, Annie Moses Band, Taarka, Front Country, Trace Bundy, Woody Pines, Old Salt Union, Volunteer String Band, Jimbo Darville & the Truckadors and more. Tickets go on sale Saturday 3/21/2015 at 11 AM Central. –

Sept. 5, another BGU favorite is back, as the Lonesome River Band returns. Driven by Sammy Shelor’s banjo, LRB has it all: great picking, great singing and, with more than a quarter century as a band, a really deep catalog of great songs. Old Salt Union, a young progressive band out of Belleville, in downstate Illinois, opens the show. The band comes to BGU after a hot set in January at our sister show, Music City Roots at the Factory in Franklin. –

See more at: http://www.cybergrass.com/node/4454#sthash.wJ9BEReP.dpuf

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.

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