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In the Studio!

Lonesome River Band is back at Crossroad Studios recording our new album coming soon on Mountain Home Music.

WSLS 10 TV – Patrick County Native Sammy Shelor

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Video: Renowned banjo player Sammy Shelor picks for WDBJ7

WDBJ TV Interview with Sammy Shelor

Check Out These Virginia Bands Performing at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Union

lonesome_river_band_sandlin_gaither_banner3c“State Street in historic Downtown Bristol is taken over by the music of the Appalachian region as the music festival offers up 22 stages of live music including outdoor stages, a dance tent, and a children’s stage.

A number of the performers who call Virginia home will be playing at the festival. Here are some of the hometown musicians to catch.” – Read the entire post at

New LRB Album – Coming Back Home To You

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Lonesome River Band is proud to announce the release of a special compilation album of their earlier Mountain Home releases. Coming Back Home To You includes selections from Window Of Time, Head On Into Heartache and Road With No End albums.

Coming Back Home To You is now available in both physical and digital formats at stores, online, and at your next Lonesome River Band performance.

Each track was hand selected by Sammy Shelor and the band in response to fan requests for some titles that were no longer available in CD format. “The time between 2002 through 2006 were years of transition for Lonesome River Band. We feel this is a great representation of songs and personnel of those years of the three albums released by Mountain Home. We hope you enjoy,” said Shelor.

The tracks selected include performances by beloved LRB alumni Shannon Slaughter, Barry Barrier and Jeff Parker.

Coming Home To You includes:

Window Of Time:
1. Down The Line
2. Missed It By A Mile
3. Weary Day
4. Tune Of A Twenty Dollar Bill

Head On Into Heartache:
5. Tears In My Tracks
6. Coming Home To You
7. Raleigh and Spencer
8. Little Birdie

The Road With No End:
9. Lonesome Won’t Get The Best Of Me
10. Won’t Be Over You
11. A Step Away
12. Hillbilly Cat Fight
The band’s other current Mountain Home Music album, Turn On A Dime, continues its success with three tracks garnering 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award Nominations for: “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime” for Song of the Year, “Cumberland Gap” for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year, and “Holding To The Right Hand” for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Shelor, a five-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award Winner, received another nomination in that category.

LRB fans can pick up their autographed copy of Coming Back Home to You at one of their numerous live performances including September 4 at the Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience (Louisville, Ky.), September 5 at their sold out show at Bluegrass Underground (McMinnville, Tenn.), September 6 at the Floyd Yoga Jam (Willis, Va.), and many other events.

The history of Lonesome River Band, along with more information on the award winning talents of Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman, Mike Hartgrove, Barry Reed, and Jesse Smathers, can be found at

Lonesome River Band Receives Four IBMA Nominations

Press Release, Nashville, Tenn. (August 12, 2015) —  Lonesome River Band’s enduring fans and peers have supported the group for over 30 years and have honored them with four International Bluegrass Music Association Nominations. As announced this morning during a press conference that aired on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, three of the band’s nominations are for songs from their Billboard Bluegrass Chart album TURN ON A DIME released by Mountain Home Music Company last fall.

Lonesome River Band’s Nominations include: SONG OF THE YEAR for “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime,” written by Bart Butler, Timothy Johnson, Shane Minor with lead vocals by LRB member Brandon Rickman; GOSPEL RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR for the beautiful “Holding To The Right Hand” written by Marvin Clark with the impressive lead vocals by Rickman; and INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR for “Cumberland Gap” arranged and produced by Sammy Shelor who also received a nomination for BANJO PERFORMER OF THE YEAR.

ibma_awardsThe winners will be announced at the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Awards Show on October 1 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“We are very appreciative of the support of the voting members of the IBMA. We had so much fun doing this record and thankful for the acceptance it has received,” said Shelor.

album-LonesomeRiverBand-TurnDime-600w“Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime” has been a true radio hit, garnering the #1 spot seven times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart; reaching #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Chart, and currently holding #1 position on this month’s Cashbox Magazine’s Top 10 Bluegrass Songs Chart.

The 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.


Sammy Shelor is 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 Performer of the Year Award, 3-time winner of the SPBGMA Banjo Performer of the Year Award, and winner of the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass where he performed with LRB and Martin on the Late Show with David Letterman.

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.

In June 2015, Lonesome River Band members Sammy Shelor and Mike Hartgrove performed 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 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. and aired on TBS. 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.

GMA Dove Award Ballot

Lonesome River Band’s song “Holding to the Right Hand” from their album Turn On A Dime appears on the Gospel Music Association’s DOVE AWARD ballot in the Bluegrass / Country Recorded Song of the Year Category!

Video: “Holding to the Right Hand” and “Cumberland Gap”

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

lonesome_river_band_sandlin_gaither_banner3cBRISTOL HERALD COURIER
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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