Lonesome River Band Announces New Band Member, #1 Song, and Lila Mae TV Debut


Lonesome River Band Announces a New Member, #1 Chart Song and “Lila Mae” TV Debut

Lonesome River Band has a plethora of good news to kick off the summer, including their new band member, Jesse Smathers, a #1 chart song and the TV debut for their “Lila Mae” music video.

jesse-smathers-300Award-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.

New Music Video By Lonesome River Band

After enthusiastic fan responses over the last week to their countdown for their new music video, Lonesome River Band is proud to announce the official release of “Lila Mae.” The video made its debut this morning on Mountain Music Company’s YouTube Channel and can also be viewed at LonesomeRiverBand.com and the band’s Facebook page. The song “Lila Mae,” written by Alex Kline, Kirk Sauers, and LRB band member Brandon Rickman, appears on their album Turn On A Dime that made its debut on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Chart last November.

This Civil War era video was shot on location at Wheatlands Plantation in Sevierville, Tenn., was directed by Kim White at View Finders TV.com, and produced by Mountain Home Music Company. Lonesome River Band’s manager, Josh Trivett, owner of Moonstruck Management, along with Natalie Moore and Nathan Morrison, play the lead characters in the video. Lonesome River Band’s die-hard fans will also enjoy the performances by 5-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year and Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer Sammy Shelor, fiddler Mike Hargrove, bassist Barry Reed, with guitarist Brandon Rickman on lead vocals, and mandolinist Randy Jones on harmony vocals.

The band can also be seen in another Mountain Home video production, “Lonesome River Band: Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime, From Studio to Stage” celebrating their first single release from Turn On A Dime. The song garnered the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart for seven weeks and reached as high as #2 on SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Top 40 Most Played Tracks. This fan-favorite song continues its climb up the Bluegrass Unlimited (BU) National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Song chart with the album appearing at #2 this month on the BU Top 15 Album Chart. Numerous other tracks continue to hit a variety of radio charts including “Lila Mae” climbing up the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart over the last three weeks.

Lonesome River Band has been touring internationally for over 30 years as they continue to be one of the most celebrated bluegrass bands of all time They made their national TV debut on the Late Show with David Letterman in honor of Sammy Shelor’s Steve Martin Prize for Excellent in Banjo and Bluegrass Award, frequently perform on the Grand Ole Opry, and headline and host high profile events.

For a full tour schedule and to view the new “Lila Mae” music video, please visit lonesomeriverband.com. For more information on Mountain Home, please visit their website at mountainhomemusiccompany.com.

Lonesome River Band #1 on Bluegrass Today Top 20

album-LonesomeRiverBand-TurnDime-600wLonesome River Band’s first single, “Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime,” from their hot new album TURN ON A DIME on Mountain Home Music Company has hit #1 on Bluegrass Today’s Monthly and Weekly Top 20 Song Charts.

The band’s loyal fans will certainly want to check out the “Stage to Studio” video for “Her Love Won’t Turn On On A Dime” giving a glimpse into the recording process for this popular new song.

2014 has been this busiest touring year for Lonesome River Band in decades including a headlining performance for the European Bluegrass Summit  in Prague, the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC as part of the IBMA World of Bluegrass, and Sammy Shelor performing with the Zac Brown Band – just to name a few. They will close out this year with a performance at the Berryville Bluegrass Concert Series in Berryville, VA on December 13 at Clarke County High School.

Members Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman, Mike Hartgrove, Barry Reed, and Randy Jones consistently prove why they remain one of the top bands in bluegrass music.

Please visit www.lonesomeriverband.com for upcoming announcements on the band’s first concept video and join them on Facebook and Twitter.


New Album Release: Turn On A Dime by Lonesome River Band


“Perhaps the best way to describe Turn on a Dime, their new effort from Mountain Home Music Company, is that from start to finish, it’s a Lonesome River Band album – just what fans have come to expect from one of the most consistent hitmakers in bluegrass music.” – BLUEGRASS TODAY


Lonesome River Band To Debut New Album at IBMA World of Bluegrass

ibma-lrb-poster-dates2Lonesome River Band is set to debut their new album, TURN ON A DIME from Mountain Home Music, this week at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. The band will perform at their Pre-CD Release Party on Wednesday, October 1 at the Architect and Social House located at 108 ½ East Hargett St. beginning at 11:00 PM.

On Thursday, October 2, Lonesome River Band will appear at the Youth Council Band Drop-In at the Raleigh Convention Center. The youth will have an opportunity to ask the band about their careers and also jam with Lonesome River Band. Founded in 2012, the IBMA Youth Council (YC) is comprised of dedicated youth active in the bluegrass community. “The goal is to get kids interested and involved in the bluegrass community,” says council chairperson Andy Rigney. The YC strives to provide an outlet and direction for an up-and-coming generation of bluegrass and roots musicians and budding industry professionals.

Fans can see Lonesome River Band on the main stage of the Red Hat Amphitheater, Friday, October 3 at 2:15 PM. On Saturday, October 4, the band will hold a Meet N’ Greet also at the Red Hat Amphitheater. For information including tickets to the IBMA World of Bluegrass, please visit www.ibma.org.

Lonesome River Band is led by Sammy Shelor, a nominee for this year’s IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award who is a 5-time Award winner in that category. He is joined by the outstanding talents of Brandon Rickman (guitar & lead vocals), Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle), Randy Jones (mandolin & lead vocals), and Barry Reed on Bass. Reed will participate in the IBMA Bass Workshop in the Convention Center at the Workshop Stage on Friday, October 3 at 4:00 PM.

album-LonesomeRiverBand-TurnDime-600wFor more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit www.lonesomeriverband.com and follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. To order Turn on a Dime, please visit iTunes or AmazonMP3.

For more information on Mountain Home Music visit: www.mountainhomemusiccompany.com.

Lonesome River Band Added to Pickin’ In The Pasture Line-Up

lonesome_river_band_sandlin_gaither_banner3cLonesome River Band was recently added to the Pickin’ In The Pasture line-up and will perform at the Lodi, New York festival on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3:00 and 9:00 pm. Festival promoter Andy Alexander said, “Sammy Shelor’s group has been one of the biggest draws in bluegrass music for decades. Their unique sound has spawned a generation of new bluegrass fans. Lonesome River Band certainly brings a high level of excitement to the stage and we are really looking forward to them joining us.”

Pickin’ In The Pasture is held at 2515 Covert Rd, Lodi, NY. The gates will open to campers by noon on Wednesday, August 20. Performances begin at 12:00 noon on Thursday, August 21, 11:00 am on Friday August 22, 11:00 am on Saturday August 23. There will be a Church service and a gospel show Sunday, August 24 beginning at 10:00 am. Tickets are $80 for the weekend and include free camping or $30 for the day. For more information, please visit www.pickininthepasture.com/Tickets.cfm.

Other great bands appearing at Pickin’ In The Pasture include The Spinney Brothers, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass, Goldwing Express, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Larry Efaw and The Bluegrass Mountaineers, The Gentlemen Of Bluegrass, and more.

There will be Instructional workshops throughout the weekend including the Friday, August 22 workshops hosted by Lonesome River Band members Brandon Rickman (Guitar) and Randy Jones (Mandolin.) Attendees can also expect a lot of jam sessions for all levels of abilities throughout the weekend in the campground. For more information visit, please visit www.pickininthepasture.com.

Fans are eagerly waiting a new album by Lonesome River Band releasing soon on Mountain Home Music Company. The band includes the exceptional talents of Sammy Shelor (Banjo, Harmony Vocals), Brandon Rickman (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals), Randy Jones (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals), Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle), and Barry Reed (Bass).

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

Lonesome River Band Signs with Mountain Home Music Company

2014-signing-mountain-home-music-companyCarrying the tradition into 2014, Bluegrass powerhouse the Lonesome River Band has just signed an exclusive recording agreement with North Carolina-based label Mountain Home Music Company.

The band’s multi-award-winning banjo player Sammy Shelor comments: “Lonesome River Band is very excited about the opportunity to be a part of The Mountain Home/Crossroads Music Family. We look forward to recording this next project and having the support of such a great team. Thanks to Mickey Gamble and the rest of the team for making this a reality.”

The Lonesome River Band is a staple in Bluegrass and has remained a headlining act at major Bluegrass and Roots Music festivals for years. They continue their heavy presence as a sought-after live band as they begin work on this new album.

Mountain Home, based in Arden, NC, near Asheville, is home to some of the top bands in Bluegrass including Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, The Boxcars, Balsam Range, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Grascals, and more.

The group begins recording in April with the new release planned for this summer.