• Congratulations Jesse and Sarah!

    Jesse Smathers, mandolinist and vocalist with Lonesome River Band, and Sarah Farley were married on April 4 in a small private ceremony in Virginia. Jesse tells us that their initial wedding plans were quashed by the state imposed requirements for social

  • The latest thing: POV jam videos

    The indubitable Russell Carson, crack banjoist with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and enterprising bluegrass photographer/videographer, has posted the latest thing in music archiving - the POV video! Many types of action photography, from the sublime to the discreditable, now utilize

  • Jesse Smathers to Lonesome River Band

    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

  • Jesse Smathers to Nothin Fancy

    Nothin Fancy has a new look for the 2014 season. They have brought Jesse Smathers on to play guitar and sing tenor. He hails from Eden, NC and had worked previously with James King, on both mandolin and guitar. Mike Andes, mandolinist