Lonesome River Band’s Outside Looking In carries themes steeped in Bluegrass tradition

Mountain Home Music Press Release:
Arden, North Carolina (April 23, 2019) — Lonesome River Band has been seminal in bridging the worlds of traditional and modern Bluegrass and bringing new fans to the music. As pioneering innovators, they have set a benchmark with their award-winning albums and have established an immediately recognizable sound that has influenced a generation of roots music musicians.

Lonesome River Band’s established legacy continues with their new release, Outside Looking In, with songs that reflect who and what this band is and the culture they come from. The album will be released May 24 from Mountain Home Music Company and is available for pre-order now.

Outside Looking In begins with “Curiosity Killed This Cat” with a flawless groove that personifies the “deep-pocket” timing of Lonesome River Band’s celebrated banjo master Sammy Shelor, five-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year award and 2011 winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.

Mandolinist and vocalist Jesse Smathers says when the band reached out to songwriter Daniel Salyer for material, this one stood out.

“Daniel is one of the finest songwriters in the business. He just knows how to compose a true bluegrass lyric and melody,” says Smathers. “When recording it, it seemed like it so quickly fell into place. Brandon’s soul, and Sammy and Barry’s iconic groove makes for a head-bobbin track.”

This groove is heard again in “New Ballards Branch,” a song about a place in Southwestern Virginia with a tone-setting intro by fiddler Mike Hartgrove, and in the title track, “Outside Looking In.”

“It’s a new twist on a murder ballad that screams Lonesome River Band,” says Brandon Rickman, guitarist and vocalist. “We love the way this turned out.”

Shelor’s mastery is seen again in “If I Had A Cheating Heart,” a song Smathers describes as one of the grooviest Mel Street songs of all time.

“When we went to record this, Sammy thought of doing it upbeat and he nailed it. It sure makes for a great driving bluegrass tune,” says Smathers.

These songs and others like “Cassidy’s Prayer Book,” a Civil War tune, and “Your Memory Wins Again,” an uptempo song by Skip Ewing that Shelor heard years ago, contain the heart of the band’s message of themes steeped in the genre’s tradition, presented in clever lyrics, instrumental prowess, and heartfelt vocals.

“I always thought ‘Your Memory Wins Again’ would make a great bluegrass song,” says Shelor. “We finally had the opportunity to do it on this album.”

 

Over the decades, the distinguished sound of Lonesome River Band’s vocalists have set the band apart. For the last 12 years, Rickman has held the role as lead singer. Rickman’s vocals on songs like “Wreck of My Heart” are a robust, Country style and a quintessential part of the band’s sound.

“It’s a great song with one of the coolest, catchiest melodies I’ve heard in a while,” says Rickman. “It’s just so different than anything we’ve done in a while, and those songs are hard to find.”

The voice of Smathers is classic in its higher register as he shares lead vocal duties when he’s not vaulting above Rickman with his impactful tenor. This is showcased in songs like “Little Magnolia” with its waltz meter and seamless brother-like harmonies.

“‘Little Magnolia’ is a favorite track of mine. It’s a song that sounds 80 years old. The feel of this song comes from a place of authenticity, something that we all strive for, and that made it so fun to record for all of us,” says Smathers.

Together with the baritone parts shared by Shelor and ace bassist Barry Reed, the album’s themes of love, betrayal, murder and prayer are portrayed with the shrewd mastery that only a band performing at the highest level can create.

Other tracks include “Going With The Flow,” “Circle Of Lies,” “Rough and Tumble Heart” and “Home Of The Red Fox,” an instrumental.

“That is a tune that I first heard from Bill Emerson back in the 1980s on an album titled Home Of The Red Fox, an instrumental album he did. It was just a melody that always stuck with me over the years, and I had sat and played it in practice hundreds of times over the last 30 years,” says Shelor. “We finally decided we wanted to cut the thing. It was an instrumental that hit Lonesome River Band’s feel really well.”

Shelor takes the first break, with the top-tier fiddling of Hartgrove coming next. Solos by Smathers and Rickman follow before the song comes to an end.

The album closes with Mark Knopfler ‘80s released, ‘50s nostalgia tune “Calling Elvis,” the first single released off the album. The spirit of the original is captured and transformed in a way that makes for a smooth, well-executed merging of two styles. LRB’s “jam” section included in this track shows a band who continues to break the traditional mold musically.

The themes of Outside Looking In are a time-honored part of the Bluegrass canon. They inform the very backbone of the music and Lonesome River Band has a way of framing them in modern terms moving the genre forward.

Pre-order Outside Looking In HERE.

About Lonesome River Band

Since its formation 37 years ago, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year, and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin), with impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace. LonesomeRiverBand.com

About Mountain Home Music Company:

Mountain Home Music Company, a division of Crossroads Label Group is a premier Bluegrass label with global distribution, representing such elite artists as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Balsam Range, The Grascals, Lonesome River Band, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, NewTown, Gina Furtado, Kristin Scott Benson, The Cleverlys, Danny Roberts, Lawson and Williams, Sideline, The Snyder Family Band, and Unspoken Tradition. Established in 1993, Crossroads is a market leader in the Bluegrass, Americana, and Christian Music fields.

Lonesome River Band records catchy song, “Wreck Of My Heart”

Arden, North Carolina (July 20, 2018) — The legendary and award-winning Lonesome River Band has released their second single of 2018, “Wreck Of My Heart” on Mountain Home.

With an iconic driving Bluegrass sound that has kept the band at the forefront of the genre this latest single, “Wreck Of My Heart,” shows why the Lonesome River Band continues to grow a fan base in their 35-plus years as performers and recording artists.
This bouncy, three-part harmony, “leavin'” song embodies the band’s enduring, driving-grass sound. Lead vocals from guitarist Brandon Rickman alongside the iconic banjo and baritone of multi-awarded IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, Sammy Shelor; the mandolin and tenor of gifted Jesse Smathers; the pulsing bass of Barry Reed and sharp fiddle of celebrated player Mike Hartgrove make for a perfected Grass single. It’s traditional-based with a contemporary feel. It’s a new song with a classic sound.

“It’s a great song by a great Texas songwriter Roger Brown,” says Rickman. “The cool, catchy melody — it’s something different we haven’t heard before.”

Listen to “Wreck Of My Heart” HERE and check out a video for the single produced by Mountain Home Music Company, to premiere July 27 at The Bluegrass Situation.

About Lonesome River Band
Since its formation 35 years ago, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year, and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin), with impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

About Mountain Home Music Company:
Mountain Home Music Company, a division of Crossroads Label Group is a premiere Bluegrass label with global distribution, representing such elite artists as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Balsam Range, The Grascals, Lonesome River Band, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, NewTown, Donna Ulisse, Gina Clowes, Kristin Scott Benson, The Cleverlys, Adam Steffey, Danny Roberts, Lawson and Williams, Sideline, The Snyder Family Band, John Bowman and Unspoken Tradition. Established in 1993, Crossroads is a market leader in the Bluegrass, Americana, and Christian Music fields.

Lonesome River Band Receives Four 2016 IBMA Nominations

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As announced during this morning’s International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) press conference held at the Sirius XM studios in Nashville, Lonesome River Band received four 2016 IBMA Award Nominations including one for Album of the Year for Bridging the Tradition. This groundbreaking album, released in March on Mountain Home Music Company, includes two nominated tracks – “Thunder and Lightning” written by Adam Wright for Song of the Year and “Rocking of the Cradle” written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year.

lrb_11.15-214One of the most talented and well-loved banjo players of our time, Sammy Shelor, received a nomination for Banjo Performer of the Year, an Award he has been presented with five times during his impressive career.  Shelor is a member of the Virginia Country Music of Fame, winner of the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, and a multi-award winning SPBGMA Banjo Player of the Year.  While not on his busy tour with Lonesome River Band, Shelor is in high demand as a guest artist. He has performed with the Zac Brown Band, toured and recorded with Alan Jackson promoting Jackson’s “The Bluegrass Album,” along with fellow LRB band member Mike Hartgrove, performed with actor and comedian Martin Short during the 43rd Life Achievement Award Show Honoring Steve Martin in Hollywood.

Since its formation 34 years ago, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin), combined with the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

The 27th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will be held Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for The Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina.  For more information on IBMA, please visit ibma.org.

For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit LonesomeRiverBand.com and join them on Twitter and Instagram.   #LonesomeRiverBand #LRB

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Lonesome River Band Returns to Host 16th Annual Rudy Fest

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RUDY FEST – June 22-25, 2016 in Grayson, Ky.

RudyFestSimplytheBestLonesome River Band continues their busy summer tour as they return to Host the 16th Annual Rudy Fest Bluegrass Festival in Grayson, Kentucky this week. The event will be held at the Carter County Fair Grounds June 22-25, 2016 with a stellar line-up that includes: Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Dave Adkins, The Steeldrivers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Volume Five, Balsam Range, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, and many more.  Lonesome River Band will hit the stage Friday, June 23 at 3:00pm and 6:30 and Saturday, June 24 at 11:00 pm.

Lonesome River Band’s Sammy Shelor is really looking forward to this weekend saying, “Rudy Fest is a beast of a bluegrass festival! Always an amazing crowd to play to and the support an artist needs to perform at their best. The crew there always makes patrons and bands both feel welcome and at home. Love that Gang!

Sammy & LRB have been with us a long time I got to catch a show couple weeks ago. They had it dialed in and were having a ball on stage. Their new material is top shelf,” says festival promoter Rudy Burchett. Tickets for Rudy Fest can be purchased at the gate for $100 (4-day weekend pass), or daily passes for $20 (Wed) or $40 (Thursday-Friday).  Kids 12 and under free. For more information, please visit rudyfest.com.

cover-art-lrb-2016-400Lonesome River Band will perform songs from their Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Chart album, Bridging the Tradition, released on the Mountain Home Music Company label. The band’s first single, “Thunder & Lightning,” is currently #2 on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks, and appearing on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs, Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Songs, and more single and album radio charts.

Last week, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) released the second of three IBMA Awards ballots.  Lonesome River Band are candidates for nomination in the following categories:

  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Vocal Group of the Year
  • Instrumental Group of the Year
  • Song of the Year (Thunder and Lightning, Adam Wright writer)
  • Album of the Year (Bridging the Tradition, Mountain Home Music Company)
  • Male Vocalist of the Year (Brandon Rickman)
  • Gospel Recorded Event of the Year (Rocking of the Cradle)
  • Banjo Player of the Year (Sammy Shelor)
  • Fiddle Player of the Year (Mike Hartgrove)
  • Mandolin Player of the Year (Jesse Smathers)
  • Bass Player of the Year (Barry Reed).

The official IBMA Award Nominees will be announced in August. For more information on joining IBMA, please visit ibma.org.

Lonesome River Band features Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and 5-Time IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year, Sammy Shelor. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin), accentuated by the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.  For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit lonesomeriverband.com and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Now Released! Lonesome River Band’s “Bridging the Tradition”

cover-art-lrb-2016-400Lonesome River Band will kick off today’s new album release, Bridging the Tradition (Mountain Home Music) with three special performances this weekend.

Tonight, March 18, the band continues the tradition of debuting their new albums at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville. On Saturday, March 19, Mountain Home Music Company will host a release celebration and concert at the Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville, N.C. On Sunday, March 20, Lonesome River Band will perform at The Barn at Chantilly Farm in Floyd, VA.

Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and 5-Time IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year, Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and newest member Jesse Smathers (mandolin), accentuated by the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

Lonesome River Band had been established for nearly a decade when the band released its landmark album, Carrying the Tradition, in 1991. The critically acclaimed project ushered in a new era for Bluegrass by acknowledging tradition while introducing new elements that expanded the genre. Now, 25 years later, this award-winning band is again set to build on the familiar while adding bold progressiveness to its legend with this latest release, Bridging the Tradition.

“This album is different than anything we’ve ever done,” says multi-award winning banjo player, Sammy Shelor. “The songs are ones that we are really personally interested in doing. What we came up with has once again helped to recreate our sound. All the while, we are being true to ourselves as musicians.”

Lonesome River Band continues to evolve in the ever-changing landscape of Bluegrass and Acoustic Country music. With Bridging the Tradition, the band once again delivers incredible, ground-breaking music that is rooted in the tradition it began decades ago.

For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit lonesomeriverband.com and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Lonesome River Band’s New Album Now Avail for Pre-Order

Lonesome River Band’s album, Bridging the Tradition releasing on Mountain Home Music Company in March, is now available for pre-orders at iTunes where you will immediately get the first single! For physical copy pre-orders, please visit lonesomeriverband.com.

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New Music from Lonesome River Band

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Bridging The Tradition
A Groundbreaking New Release from Lonesome River Band

cover-art-lrb-2016-400Lonesome River Band had been established for nearly a decade when the band released its landmark album, Carrying the Tradition, in 1991. The critically acclaimed project ushered in a new era for Bluegrass by acknowledging tradition while introducing new elements that expanded the genre.

Now, 25 years later, this award-winning band is again set to build on the familiar while adding bold progressiveness to its legend with this latest release, Bridging the Tradition (Mountain Home Music Company).

The new album contains the familiar LRB groove but offers Grass versions of Country songs. The band covers the popular Waylon Jennings hit, “Rose In Paradise,” making the tune all its own. A progressive and spooky rendition of the Old Time ballad, “Boats Up The River,” is rendered with the familiar sound that LRB has perfected over the past quarter century, as is the working class anthem, “Real People.

Driving, in-the-pocket power Bluegrass is here as well. The Carter Stanley classic, “Rock Bottom,” lives alongside the commanding, “Swinging Bridge.” Both are examples of the finest Traditional Bluegrass being recorded today.

Bridging the Tradition is both familiar and progressive, with each track receiving just the right treatment. Some arrangements include the addition of masterful session drummer, Tony Creasman, who adds percussion in the most tasteful way to complement the rhythmic pulse that is a hallmark of the LRB sound.

“This album is different than anything we’ve ever done,” says multi-award winning banjo player, Sammy Shelor. “The songs are ones that we are really personally interested in doing. What we came up with has once again helped to recreate our sound. All the while, we are being true to ourselves as musicians.”

Lonesome River Band is continuing to evolve in the ever-changing landscape of Bluegrass and Acoustic Country music. With Bridging the Tradition, the band once again delivers incredible, ground-breaking music that is rooted in the tradition it began decades ago.

ABOUT LONESOME RIVER BAND
Since its formation 34 years ago, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year, and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and newest member Jesse Smathers (mandolin), and the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

TRACK LIST
Anything To Make Her Mine
Rocking Of The Cradle
Boats Up The River
Rock Bottom
Rose In Paradise
Showing My Age
Old Swinging Bridge
Mirrors Never Lie
Thunder And Lightning
Waiting On My Heart To Break
Runnin’ From The Blues
Real People

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Hope River Entertainment
770.367.1480

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Mountain Home Music Co.
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Laughing Penguin Publicity
claire@penguinpublicity.com
615.476.3200

Lonesome River Band – 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 tracks from these previous albums:

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 lonesomeriverband.com.

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Lonesome River Band Receives Four IBMA Award Nominations

lonesome_river_band_sandlin_gaither_banner3cLonesome River Band’s enduring fans and peers have supported the group for over 30 years and have now honored them with four International Bluegrass Music Association Award 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 Award Nominations include: SONG OF THE YEAR for “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime,” written by Bart Butler, Timothy Johnson, Shane Minor and featuring the impressive lead vocals by LRB band member Brandon Rickman; GOSPEL RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR for “Holding To The Right Hand” written by Marvin Clark, also featuring 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. For more information including tickets, please visit www.ibma.org.

“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.

“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.
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.

For more information and a complete tour schedule, please visit lonesomeriverband.com and join them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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MORE ON SAMMY SHELOR

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, and 3-time winner of the SPBGMA Banjo Performer of the Year Award.

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.