Lonesome River Band

Lonesome River Band

Lonesome River Band

In 2007, one of the most popular bluegrass acts, the Lonesome River Band, celebrated a successful career that spanned a quarter of a century. The band is best known for producing music that echoes the styles of bluegrass legends such as Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs but with a unique twist that only the LRB can produce.

Original Members

The first ensemble of the Lonesome River Band was made up by Tim Austin (rhythm guitar, and lead vocals), Steve Thomas (fiddle and mandolin), Jerry McMillan (bass), and Rick Williams (banjo). Their first performances electrified the local bluegrass scene in their hometown and became a stepping ground for producing their first album, which was released by Shar-Lynn in 1985. It was their self-titled album, released a year after by Rebel, however, that led them to branch out nationally.

New Members

Like many bluegrass bands, the lineup of the Lonesome River Band constantly changed. The 1990’s marked the entry of Ronnie Bowman (bass and vocals) and Sammy Shelor (banjo). The inclusion of Bowman, in particular, helped LRB establish a greater hold of the bluegrass gospel market. This particular lineup gave the band two #1 albums – as listed by Bluegrass Unlimited – Carrying the Tradition and Old Country Town.

The present lineup of Lonesome River Band is all the more impressive considering the personal achievements of each individual member.

Bowman had won Vocalist of the Year in 1995 and Best Album of the Year twice, all of which came from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Shelor received the Banjo Player of the Year from IBMA twice. Don Rigsby (mandolin and vocals) has a stunning solo debut that features a collaboration with legendary Ralph Stanley. Kenny Smith (guitar) also enjoyed similar success with his solo album, Studebaker. In 2006, Matt Leadbetter, son of Phil Leadbetter, also joined the group.

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deborah August 24, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Could you please send me a scadule of mucisions.

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