Lonesome River Band Returns to Host 16th Annual Rudy Fest

Lonesome River Band
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.



Lonesome River Band Gets Head Start on Busy Summer Tour

_MG_1777-300Lonesome River Band gets a head start on their busy summer tour with numerous June performances including this week’s CMA Music Festival in Nashville and returning as Host of the  popular Rudy Fest in Grayson, Kentucky. Fans can see Lonesome River Band live at the following shows this month and visit LonesomeRiverBand.com for a complete tour schedule:

June 6 – Festival of the Bluegrass – Lexington, KY
June 7 – Blacksburg, VA
June 8 – Niswonger Performing Arts Center – Greeneville, TN
June 9 – CMA Music Festival – Nashville, TN
June 10 – Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, Bean Blossom, IN
June 14 – Shenandoah River Music Festival – Berryville, VA
June 15 – Rockahock Bluegrass Festival – Lanexa, VA
June 19 – 33rd Annual Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival – Summersville, WV
June 21 – Rudy Fest Hosted by Lonesome River Band – Grayson KY
June 22 – Rudy Fest Hosted by Lonesome River Band – Grayson, KY
June 28 – Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival – Tunbridge, VT
June 29 – Cure The Coast Concert – Saint-Anne-De-Kent, New Brunswick, CAN

Fresh off their 30th Anniversary celebration, the band continues with radio airplay and sales for their three albums, Chronology Volumes One – Three on Rural Rhythm Records. Numerous songs from all three albums have hit a variety of radio charts including “Stray Dogs and Alley Cats” from Chronology, Volume Three currently appearing at #9 on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Chart. Another fan favorite, “Perfume, Powder & Lead” from Chronology, Volume Two recently received the 2013 Spirit Award for Song of the Year presented by Strictly Country Magazine and “Angeline The Baker” from Chronology Volume One won the 2012 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award.

Lonesome River Band also appears on the album, “God Didn’t Choose Sides” Civil War True Stories About Real People” performing “The Legend of Jennie Wade.” The album includes a variety of artists including Russell Moore, Carrie Hassler, Marty Raybon, Dave Adkins, Brad Gulley and many more.

Reigning IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award Winner, Sammy Shelor (Banjo, Harmony Vocals) 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, please visit LonesomeRiverBand.com, youtube, Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Rudy Fest Holiday Celebration

RUDY FEST is proud to announce the RUDY FEST HOLIDAY CELEBRATION taking place December 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky.  The holiday celebration will feature two award-winning bands – LONESOME RIVER BAND and RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and can be purchased at the paramount Box Office, by calling (606) 324-3174 or online at www.paramountartscenter.com

The LONESOME RIVER BAND is celebrating two chart singles (“Record Time Machine” and “Jack Up the Jail)” from their current chart topping album, “STILL LEARNING” now available on Rural Rhythm Records.  The band has had a successful touring season this year including their most recent performances in Alaska as part of the American Masters tour. LRB is lead by the 2010 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year nominee, Sammy Shelor and joined by Brandon Rickman, Andy Ball, Mike Hartgrove, and Barry Reed.

Fellow label-mates, RUSSELL MOORE & IIRD TYME OUT have celebrated a tremendous year as well with Moore taking home the coveted 2010 IBMA MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD and the band receiving an amazing 6 IBMA nominations this year for:  Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year.  RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT includes the talents of Russell Moore, Steve Dilling, Justen Haynes, Wayne Benson, and Edgar Loudermilk.


For more information on the RUDY FEST HOLIDAY CELEBRATION, please visit their website and facebook.

For more information on the bands, please visit LONESOME RIVER BAND and RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT

Rudy Fest

Website: www.LonesomeRiverBand.com
Media: Hope River Entertainment
Booking: Roe Entertainment
Label: Rural Rhythm Records


Website: www.iiirdtymeout.com
Media: East Public Relations
Booking: IIIrd Tyme Out
Label: Rural Rhythm Records