Tag: Lonesome River Band

Spruce Pine Festival: A Hidden Gem in the North Carolina Mountains

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Nestled on a hillside in historic downtown Spruce Pine, N.C., my companion and I enjoyed some of the best bluegrass music, food and small town atmosphere I’ve encountered. Now in its fourth year, the Spruce Pine Barbecue Championship and Bluegrass Festival held July 17–18 featured […]

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LRB live from Charlotte

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Betsy White shared this video of Lonesome River Band performing at last month’s Charlotte Bluegrass Festival in Charlotte, MI. She captured them doing Daniel Salyer’s Jack Up The Jail, which the band recorded for their Still Learning album in 2010. The live version includes banjo ace […]

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More from Rudy Fest 2015

| June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Volume Five opened Thursday at Rudy Fest 2015 to an appreciative crowd. Their set was washed out by rain last year, but sunshine held for this year’s! Wildfire followed providing some memories of time spent with J.D. Crowe. Danny Davis joined Wildfire and son, Chris […]

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2015 Charlotte Bluegrass Festival – Day 3

| June 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The final day of the 2015 Charlotte Bluegrass Festival was kicked off by one of Michigan’s favorite bands, Out of the Blue. Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys made their first appearance at the Charlotte festival. Donna’s heartfelt songs keep an audience enthralled. Larry […]

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Sammy and Mike honor Steve Martin

| June 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Sammy Shelor and Mike Hartgrove of Lonesome River Band were invited to perform at last night’s gala honoring Steve Martin with the 43rd American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award. They were featured onstage with comedian/actor Martin Short singing the song, Friend Of Mine. While Steve was aware of most […]

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Jesse Smathers to Lonesome River Band

| June 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Lonesome River Band has announced the addition of Jesse Smathers to the band on mandolin and vocals. He takes the spot of Randy Jones who is now working outside the music business. Bluegrass fans will recognize Jesse from his work with James King, Nothin’ Fancy, and […]

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Lila Mae video from Lonesome River Band

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Lonesome River Band has released a music video for Lila Mae, a somber song of deceit and retribution from their current Mountain Home album, Turn On A Dime. It’s a full-on concept video shot at at Wheatlands Plantation in Sevierville, TN, and set in the Civil […]

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The Story Behind the Song – Am I A Fool

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Am I A Fool was written by Keith Tew and then-spouse Danette Gilley and recorded by the Lonesome River Band. The song won the 2000 SPBGMA Song of the Year award. Born in 1966, Tew is a native of Florida who started playing guitar and […]

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Music That Makes Me Happy for 2014

| December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As a Bluegrass Today reviewer – not to mention as a bluegrass fan in general – I listen to a lot of music throughout the year. Most of it’s good, some of it’s not so good, but a few albums have been great. There’s twelve […]

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One Critic’s Picks: The Best of 2014

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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One of the best parts of this job is finding new music in my mailbox on a regular basis. But the fun turns into work at the end of the year, when I wade back through all of that music and try to come up […]

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