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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 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 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 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

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 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, 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

Album Review for Turn On A Dime by

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

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. –

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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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Review by Lonesome Road Review for Turn On A Dime

album-LonesomeRiverBand-TurnDime-600wRead 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, sitting at festivals I’ve attended across the country.  With a tons of awards packed beside his Huber Banjos, bandleader Sammy Shelor continues to crank out albums and miles on the road. Turn on a Dime has this five-piece—with Brandon Rickman (guitar, lead and harmony vocals), Randy Jones (mandolin, lead and harmony vocals), Mike Hartgrove (fiddle), and Barry Reed (bass, harmony vocals) joining Shelor—bringing their signature smooth, steady rolling sound to the work of a wide variety of contemporary bluegrass songwriters.

The first single on the album “Her Love Won’t Turn on a Dime” sets the tone with a love song to that rarity in country music—a woman who is not hard on the wallet of the singer. Others unmistakably in the Shelor/LRB wheelhouse include “Gone and Set Me Free” (featuring sweet twin fiddling from Hartgrove), the bouncy “If the Moon Never Sees the Light of Day,” and the foot-tapping “Teardrop Express”

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 airdates:


Album Review – Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

album-LonesomeRiverBand-TurnDime-600w“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 solos, and Barry Reed matches each shift of style with appropriate bass lines.” – Bluegrass Unlimited

Read the full review at Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

Bluegrass Today: Music that Makes Me Happy

logo-bluegrasstodayLonesome 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 and Bonnie Brown are what modern traditional grass is all about.”  Read more here.

#1 on Bluegrass Today Top 20

logo-bluegrasstodayThank 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 you!

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