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Lonesome River Band Set to Release New Album

album-LonesomeRiverBand-TurnDime-600wFor 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 Company.

Turn on a Dime showcases Lonesome River Band at the top of their creative game. When masterful players and vocalists combine with top notch material and thoughtful arrangement, the result is a dynamic release.

Led by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year Sammy Shelor, the group holds a powerhouse line up of award-winning players including vocalist and songwriter Brandon Rickman on guitar, Mike Hartgrove on fiddle, Barry Reed on bass and Randy Jones on mandolin and vocals.

From the title track, “Her Love Won’t Turn On a Dime,” which offers a clever twist on a familiar phrase, to the jazz-influenced gospel track “Don’t Shed No Tears,” Turn on a Dime brings both excitement and nostalgia. Pulsing with drive and sentiment, the recording moves from the pocketed groove for which LRB is renowned to barn burning versions of ultra-traditional tunes like “Cumberland Gap.”

With Turn on a Dime, Lonesome River Band delivers the kind of album that made them an iconic band who pioneered and still shapes the modern bluegrass sound.

Track Listing:

1. Her Love Won’t Turn On a Dime
2. Gone and Set Me Free
3. Lila Mae
4. Don’t Shed No Tears
5. If the Moon Never Sees the Light of Day
6. Teardrop Express
7. Bonnie Brown
8. Every Head Bowed
9. Shelly’s Winter Love
10. Hurting With My Broken Heart
11. A Whole Lot of Nothing
12. Holding To the Right Hand
13. Cumberland Gap

To Pre-Order Turn On a Dime: iTunes or AmazonMP3

Pre-Order physical copies on our Store page.

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Youth Council “Band Drop In” at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass


Lonesome River Band is very excited to appear at the Youth Council “Band Drop In” at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST. This event will take place in the Raleigh, NC Convention Center in The Youth Council Room #203. During these Band Drop Ins, the youth (college age and younger) will have an opportunity to ask the artists about their careers and also jam with the band!

Founded in 2012, the IBMA Youth Council (YC) is comprised of dedicated youth active in the bluegrass community. “The goal is to get kids interested and involved in the bluegrass community,” says council chairperson Andy Rigney. The YC strives to provide an outlet and direction for an up-and-coming generation of bluegrass and roots musicians and budding industry professionals.

Pre-Order New Album by Lonesome River Band

Pre-order Lonesome River Band’s new album Turn On A Dime (Mountain Home Music) at at iTunes and Amazon


Musicians Against Childhood Cancer – by Ted Lehmann

Sammy Shelor Photo by Ted Lehmann

Sammy Shelor Photo by Ted Lehmann

“The Lonesome River Band is a MACC regular, always bringing their brand of murder, love rejected, and lost souls to the mix. Many people yearn for the early days of LRB, but for us, this band is ours. They’re pretty much the band they were when we started in bluegrass, but banjo great and leader Sammy Shelor has continued to improve his personnel with each move. We’re always glad to see them and hear their brand.” Ted Lehmann – Read the entire article here.

Sneak Peek at the New Lonesome River Band Album

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: “Lonesome River Band is very excited about the opportunity to be a part of The Mountain Home/Crossroads Music Family. We look forward to recording this next project and having the support of such a great team. Thanks to Mickey Gamble and the rest of the team for making this a reality.”

The Lonesome River Band is a staple in Bluegrass and has remained a headlining act at major Bluegrass and Roots Music festivals for years. They continue their heavy presence as a sought-after live band as they begin work on this new album.

Mountain Home, based in Arden, NC, near Asheville, is home to some of the top bands in Bluegrass including Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, The Boxcars, Balsam Range, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Grascals, and more. The group begins recording in April with the new release planned for this summer.

Sammy Shelor Wins SPBGMA Banjo Player of the Year Award

spbgmaCongratulations to Sammy Shelor who won the 2014 SPBGMA Banjo Performer of the Year Award.  For more information on SPBGMA, please visit

Sammy Shelor on WMYN Radio

SammyShelor-MG_6963-HIGHTune 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 more.

Herald Dispatch: Lonesome River Band Returns to Mountaineer Opry House

It has been an interesting couple of years for the Lonesome River Band, who will appear at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton on Saturday, Nov. 9.

The group celebrated its 30th anniversary recently by releasing a series of three albums called “Chronology,” featuring re-recordings of the best songs from all periods of the Lonesome River Band’s existence. One cut, “Angeline the Baker,” won the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Instrumental Song of the Year in 2012 while band leader Sammy Shelor won his fifth IBMA Banjo Player of the Year award on the same night.

The Lonesome River Band also appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and “The Late Show with David Letterman” not long ago, and was named the host band for the yearly eastern Kentucky bluegrass festival called Rudyfest.


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 – Mountaineer Opry House, Milton, WV
Fri, Nov 22 – Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, Gatlinburg, TN

It’s great to see bluegrass music on national TV. So in case you
missed it, Sammy Shelor and an all-star band performed with Alan
Jackson on the Late Show with David Letterman this week. Watch the
video here.

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