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“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 blog.Virginia.org
Lonesome River Band has a plethora of good news to kick off the summer including a new band member Jesse Smathers, a #1 chart song and the TV debut for their “Lila Mae” music video.
Award-winning musician, Jesse Smathers now joins Lonesome River Band on mandolin and lead & harmony vocals, replacing Randy Jones who has taken a full-time job outside the music business. Jesse lives in Eden, North Carolina and previously toured with the James King Band, High Voltage and most recently Nothin’ Fancy. Last year, Jesse was inducted in Phi Alpha Mu, a music fraternity, as a Sinfonian, joining such greats as John Phillip Sousa, Count Bassie, Duke Ellington, and Andy Griffith. Jesse comes from a long line of musicians. His grandfather, Harold Smathers, and grand Uncle Luke Smathers, recorded for June Appal and were awarded the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award in 1993 for their contributions to North Carolina Folk Music.
Lonesome River Band is currently celebrating a #1 hit song, “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime,” from their Mountain Home Music Company album, Turn On A Dime. This fan favorite tune hit the top spot this month on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Song Chart with the album at #8 on the Top 15 Album Chart. “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime” previously garnered the #1 position seven times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart and has appeared on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks and the Roots Music Reports Top 50 Singles charts as well.
Lonesome River Band is also celebrating another hit song, “Lila Mae” that made its debut #5 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20 Song Chart for June and continues to chart on the publication’s Weekly Top 20.
“Lila Mae” was released as the band’s first concept music video that has been a big hit with LRB’s loyal fans. The video will make its TV debut when it airs in the U.S. the weeks of June 29 and July 20 on Bluegrass Ridge – a thirty-minute, weekly TV show featuring some of the best names in bluegrass music. The show airs on Heartland TV, The Family Channel, Angel Two / Dish TV, Blue Highways TV, and AMG TV. Each episode is hosted by an artist in the genre, and recent hosts include award-winning vocalist Carrie Hassler, Jamie Johnson of the Grascals, Doyle Lawson, and many more.
Lonesome River Band continues their busy tour with performances at the Dinwiddie Music Fest at the Virginia Motorsports Park this Friday, June 5 and then on to the Sally Gap Bluegrass Music Festival in Williamsburg, Kentucky on Saturday. Next week, they will perform at the Festival of the Bluegrass at the Kentucky Horse Park on June 11, before heading to California for the Huck Finn Jubilee on June 13 and headlining the Laguna Beach Live Bluegrass & BBQ at the Ranch at Laguna Beach on June 14. On June 16, Lonesome River Band will perform at the Crooked Road Mountains of Music Homecoming in Bristol, Tenn.
Jesse’s first show with Lonesome River Band will be Thursday, June 25 at the Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, Vermont. Lonesome River Band will again headline the popular Rudy Fest in Grayson, Kentucky June 26-27 with members Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman, Mike Hartgrove, Barry Reed, Jesse Smathers, along with Randy Jones’ last performance with the group.
For more information and a complete tour schedule, please visit www.lonesomeriverband.com.
Festival to Benefit Kids & College Students in Loudoun County
Lonesome 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 www.bluegrassloudoun.com. 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 www.bluegrassloudoun.com. 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 .lonesomeriverband.com. 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 www.bluegrassloudoun.com.
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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The 8th Annual Chinquapin Festival kicks off “Corn Maze Days” during Labor Day Weekend at Mountain Meadow Farm in Meadows of Dan. Music, blacksmithing demonstrations, farm animals, crafters and a unique interactive play by Once Upon a Blue Ridge highlight the festival along with the corn maze seasonal opening. The F.A.R.M. Team will be performing on Monday with other local bands during the weekend.
New at the festival this year is a free performance on Sunday from 2 to 4 PM by Once Upon a Blue Ridge, a local theatre troupe. They will be presenting Animal Tails, an interactive play adapted by Peter Holland. Children will be able to act out traditional stories and songs such as The Three Little Pigs, Three Billy Goats Gruff and many more. Kids are asked to bring a paint brush to paint their own free pumpkin after the play.
This year’s corn maze design celebrates the 30th anniversary of Lonesome River Band. “We decided to feature my husband’s band in the corn maze design this year,” commented Sue Shelor. “30 years is a great accomplishment and we wanted to honor the history of the band and bluegrass music. We also hope to honor the many people who have been a part of LRB over the years, especially Tim Austin, who founded the band in 1982.” Sue’s husband Sammy Shelor, a Patrick County native, is now owner and band leader. The aerial photo was taken by Hunter Shook, Sue’s son, from a helicopter piloted by Bill Bryant of Bill’s Helicopter Service based at Twin County Aviation in Hillsville, Virginia. The Lonesome River ! Band logo was designed by Anthony Ladd, Kneelindesign and Anthonysp.com.
Once again the Shelors are working closely with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation as one of the locations of the Kids in Parks Track Trail. The KIP program is an initiative to encourage kids to be more active. Children, using a unique adventure brochure, will follow a self-guided TRACK trail in the corn maze. Once completed, they can go to www.KidsinParks.com and register their adventure and receive a small prize.
At “Sue’s Pumpkin Patch”, a partnership between local farmer Dewayne Cassell and Mountain Meadow Farm, kids and adults have great fun picking their own pumpkins. The patch consists of two varieties of pumpkins, one large and one small. The pumpkins will be available for picking toward the end of September through October on the weekends when the corn maze is open or by appointment.
The Chinquapin Festival, held Labor Day Weekend, celebrates the official opening of the corn maze season. The festival is held Saturday through Monday 10 AM to 5 PM, rain or shine. Limited seating is available under the big tent and the promoter recommends bringing lawn chairs. Both the festival and the corn maze are located on Mountain Meadow Farm, 84 Concord Road, Meadows of Dan, Virginia. The “Corn Acoustics!” Corn Maze will be open on weekends from 10 AM to 5 PM from September through October, weather permitting. For weather information contact Sue Shelor at 276-952-5568.
For more information about the maze, pumpkin patch and festival contact Sue Shelor at 276-952-5568 or at email@example.com or check the web site at www.mountainmeadowcrafts.com. Spaces are still available for craft vendors. For information about the Kids in Parks Track Trail program visit the web site at kidsinparks.com. Events subject to change without notice.