“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.
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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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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.”
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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”
“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
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Lonesome 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.
“From slow and sentimental to blazing fast and hard driving, Shelor and crew never disappoint their loyal followers.” Read the entire review at Country Standard Time.
Perhaps the best way to describe Turn on a Dime, their new effort from Mountain Home Music Company, is that from start to finish, it’s a Lonesome River Band album – just what fans have come to expect from one of the most consistent hitmakers in bluegrass music.
Among the many standouts here is the catchy Her Love Won’t Turn on a Dime, a cheerful love song about a lady who could care less about flowers and candy. “Throw your wallet in the river,” Brandon Rickman advises, “cause her heart don’t see dollar signs.” Bonnie Brown flips that song on its head, sharing the misfortunes of a man who has fallen for a woman who, unfortunately, seems to only care about money and gifts. It’s an upbeat, toe-tapping traditional piece, with Rickman and mandolin player Randy Jones sharing lead vocal duties.
READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW AT BLUEGRASS TODAY