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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.

Lonesome River Band To Headline Bluegrass Festival in Northern Ireland

_MG_1777-600Lonesome River Band, who is fresh off another performance at the Grand Ole Opry, will now head overseas and headline the 22nd Annual Bluegrass Music Festival in Omagh, Northern Ireland on August 31 and September 1, 2013. For more information on the festival including tickets, please visit Ulster American Folk Museum.

Lonesome River Band’s recent performances are a testament to their tried and true entertaining shows they continue to deliver to audiences. The band includes the award-winning talents of Sammy Shelor who is considered one of the most influential banjo players of his generation. As announced last week, Shelor has received his 19th nomination as Banjo Performer of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association and is a previous 5-time winner of this award. The band includes two outstanding lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman on guitar and Randy Jones on mandolin, with the exceptional talents of fiddler Mike Hartgrove and bassist Barry Reed .

After Northern Ireland, Lonesome River Band will head back to the U.S. to perform at the Bluegrass & Chili Festival in Claremore, OK (9/5); the WDVX World Class Bluegrass on the Market Square in Knoxville, TN (9/6); and the Pickin in the Panhandle festival in Inwood, WV (9/7).


Sammy Shelor to Perform with Alan Jackson at Station Inn


Sammy Shelor will perform at the Station Inn in Nashville, TN on Tuesday, August 27 with Alan Jackson to promote his new bluegrass album.  The show will be hosted by Eddie Stubbs and broadcast live on WSM 650AM, streamed live on and available via the free WSM mobile app. The show begins at 9:30 pm and doors open at 7:00 pm.

Lonesome River Band Returns as Host of RUDY FEST

Lonesome River Band returns as the Host of RUDY FEST held at the Carter County Fairgrounds in Grayson, KY.  The event began today and runs through Saturday, June 22 with LRB taking the stage Friday and Saturday. This year’s festival will also feature The Bluegrass Album Band that includes the talents of Doyle Lawson, J. D. Crowe, Tony Rice, Bobby Hicks, Todd Phillips, and Josh Williams.

RudyFestSimplytheBest“We have been a part of Rudy Fest for the past 10 years and in our second year of hosting the festival, said Lonesome River Band member Sammy Shelor. “The vibe of Rudy Fest is what LRB is all about.  The fact that the crew there uses the festival to raise money for the Carter County Youth Sports programs and other special needs of the community makes it a great event in all aspects. It is one of the most appreciative crowds on the whole Bluegrass Circuit.”

The 2013 RUDY FEST four-day line-up also includes many other top national touring acts with performances by: The Grascals, The SteelDrivers, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Boxcars, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Dave Adkins & Republik Steele, Dailey & Vincent, Balsam Range, and many more. For more information on RUDY FEST including tickets, directions and a complete line-up, please visit

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