Just last week, Lonesome River Band celebrated the release of The Road With No End, their tenth project as a band, and their first with the newly-reconstituted membership. Bandleader Sammy Shelor has brought former Lost & Found lead singer Barry Berrier aboard on bass, and perennial sideman Shannon Slaughter (Larry Stephenson, Melonie Cannon) in on guitar, to join Shelor on banjo and veteran LRB mandolinist/vocalist Jeff Parker for this new CD on Mountain Home Records.
Together with the CD’s release, they have launched their new online store. Not only can LRB fans order CDs and other merchandise online, they can purchase MP3 audio files for download. MP3 downloads are available for the last three releases, including the new one, plus the Huber Banjos Team Flathead CD on which Sammy was featured. The audio files are fully compatible with iTunes, iPod and other popular MP3 players and devices, and are priced according to the iTunes model. Track and album names, times, genre and even cover artwork will be imported when you bring the files into iTunes.
Individual tracks and full album projects can be purchased, with the files available for immediate download. They hope that Lonesome River Band fans will appreciate being able to obtain audio files for purchase in this manner, while also supporting the band directly with their purchase.
Of course, fans who prefer to purchase manufactured CDs can do so from the band’s store as well, and audio samples from all their releases are accessible in the store. Sammy Shelor’s instructional materials are also available on the site, as are his signature stainless steel banjo picks.