Lonesome River Band Returns as Host of RUDY FEST

_MG_1777-300Lonesome River Band returns as the Host of RUDY FEST held at the Carter County Fairgrounds in Grayson, KY. The event began today and runs through Saturday, June 22 with Lonesome River band set to take the stage on Friday and Saturday. This year’s festival will also feature The Bluegrass Album Band that includes the talents of Doyle Lawson, J. D. Crowe, Tony Rice, Bobby Hicks, Todd Phillips, and Josh Williams.

RudyFestSimplytheBest“We have been a part of Rudy Fest for the past 10 years and in our second year of hosting the festival, said Lonesome River Band member Sammy Shelor. “The vibe of Rudy Fest is what LRB is all about. The fact that the crew there uses the festival to raise money for the Carter County Youth Sports programs and other special needs of the community makes it a great event in all aspects. It is one of the most appreciative crowds on the whole Bluegrass Circuit.”

The 2013 RUDY FEST four-day line-up also includes many other top national touring acts with performances by: The Grascals, The SteelDrivers, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Boxcars, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Dave Adkins & Republik Steele, Dailey & Vincent, Balsam Range, and many more.

For more information on RUDY FEST including tickets, directions and a complete line-up, please visit www.rudyfest.com.

LONESOME RIVER BAND is lead by Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass & Banjo winner, SAMMY SHELOR (Banjo, Harmony Vocals) who is joined by: BRANDON RICKMAN (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); MIKE HARTGROVE (Fiddle); BARRY REED (Bass, Harmony Vocals); and RANDY JONES (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals). For more information on the Lonesome River Band including upcoming tour dates, please visit LonesomeRiverBand.com.

The Bluegrass All-Star Jam Hits The Road This Weekend with Performances in Virginia and New York

The Bluegrass All-Star Jam will celebrate American roots music this weekend with performances in Troy, New York and Alexandria, Virginia.  This all-star event is truly a unique experience with the best and brightest in bluegrass music featuring the award-winning talents of:  Claire Lynch, Sammy Shelor, Michael Cleveland, Josh Williams, Kenny & Amanda Smith, and Missy Raines.

On Friday, February 10, 2012, the group will perform at the Troy Savings Band Music Hall located at 30 Second St., Troy, NY  12180 at 8:00 pm.  Tickets are $25-$35 and can be purchased at TroyMusicHall.org

This Sunday, February 12, 2012, they are set for a performance at The Birchmere, located at 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305 at 8:00 pm.  Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800)745-3000, and at The Birchmere Box Office from 5-9pm any night during shows.  For more information, please visit Birchmere.com or call (703) 549-7500.

Claire Lynch is a two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year award winner – In 2010, in recognition of her current work with the Claire Lynch Band and in 1997, for her influential work with the Front Porch String Band, and her impressive career as a solo artist. Blazing her own trail in the mid 70’s when there were few role models for a young woman in the genre, Claire Lynch made history when she led the Front Porch String Band, which evolved in the 80’s and 90’s into one of the sharpest and most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands on the circuit.  She formed her own Claire Lynch Band in 2005 and has consistently been a top pick of prestigious publications, critics and audiences across the nation ever since.


Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Sammy Shelor is a 4-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year award winner.  He is the leader of the super bluegrass group, Lonesome River Band who are celebrating their 30th Anniversary.  Last November, Sammy was awarded the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman followed with a performance by the Lonesome River Band with special guest Steve Martin.  Banjo pickers all over the world have studied Sammy’s tab books and instructional DVD.

Josh Williams is an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) multi-award winner including three-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year (2008-2010) and The Josh Williams Band as the 2010 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year (2010).  He was nominated for the IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year (2011).  Not only is he a top vocalist and guitarist, Josh is adept on all bluegrass instruments.  He is currently on tour with his band also sits in with the Tony Rice Unit on mandolin.  In 2011, The Josh Williams Band was caught on camera performing at the Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival in NC where a fan captured a special moment on stage when a small bird lands on Josh’s guitar while he’s singing. The video is receiving international attention and can be viewed here.

Missy Raines is the most decorated bass player in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Association with 7 Bass Player of the Year Awards to her credit. A former member of the Grammy Nominated Claire Lynch Band, the acclaimed duo, Jim Hurst and Missy Raines, Missy is one of the most popular figures in the bluegrass community and a trailblazer in her field for as long as she’s been playing music. Her rich pedigree in the field reaches from legends such as Mac Wiseman, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves and Eddie and Martha Adcock, to contemporary artists like Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, Dudley Connell and Don Rigsby. Missy also toured and recorded with the rootsy, edgy Brother Boys.

Michael Cleveland is an impressive 9-time IBMA Fiddler Player of the Year Award winner (2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).  As a bandleader, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper won the IBMA Instrumental Recording of the Year Award (2002, 2004, 2006) and the IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.)

Kenny & Amanda Smith –Kenny is widely considered one of the most impressive and influential flatpicking-style guitarists of his generation.  He is a two-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year Award winner (1998, 1999).  In 2001, Kenny left the Lonesome River Band to perform in as a duo with his wife Amanda who is an acclaimed vocalist. They met in 1995 at a Lonesome River Band concert and married soon thereafter. In 2003, Kenny and Amanda won the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year Award.

For more information on the BLUEGRASS ALL-STAR JAM, please visit bluegrassallstarjam.com

For media inquires, please contact Hope River Entertainment at 678.377.3298.

Donna Hughes Announcement

Bluegrass singer-songwriter and band leader, Donna Hughes announced details of her performance at the Little John’s Mountain Music Festival.  “I received a call this morning from our band members Brian and Maggie Stephens.  Their daughter Lilly Kate was rushed to the hospital this morning and we are awaiting word on how this precious child is doing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them,” said Donna.

The Donna Hughes Band is set to perform at the Little John’s Mountain of Music Festival on Friday, September 3rd during the festival’s 3-day Labor Day weekend event.  Joining Donna this weekend will be award-winning bass player and Alison Krauss & Union Station band member Barry Bales.  Bales also provided his talents on Donna’s upcoming album, “Hellos, Goodbyes, and Butterflies,” produced by J.D. Crowe, and is due out October 12, 2010 on Rounder Records. Also joining Donna will be Mountain Heart band member and fiddler, Aaron Ramsey; Nick Keen from The Josh Williams Band on mandolin, and on banjo, Trevor Watson member of Lou Reid and Carolina.

The Little John’s Mountain Music Festival includes a star-studded line-up of talent including performances by: Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Tony Rice Unit, Blue Highway, Josh Williams Band, The Boxcars, The Churchman, The Bluegrass Brothers, Snyder Family, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Al Batten & The Bluegrass Reunion, and many more.

For more information on Donna Hughes, please visit:  www.donnahughes.com

For festival information, please visit: www.littlejohnsmountainmusic.com


Management for Donna Hughes:
Hope River Entertainment, Penni McDaniel
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Record Label:
Rounder Records