Wednesday, June 3, 2015
– Lonesome River Band has a new mandolin player.
Jesse Smathers joins LRB, also performing lead and harmony vocals chores. He replaced Randy Jones who has taken a full-time job outside the music business.
Smathers, who lives in Eden, N.C., previously toured with the James King Band, High Voltage and most recently Nothin' Fancy. Last year, He 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.
Smathers' first show with Lonesome River Band will be Thursday, June 25 at the Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, Vt.
Lonesome River Band will again headline the Rudy Fest in Grayson, Kentucky June 26-27 with members Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman, Mike Hartgrove, Barry Reed, Jesse Smathers, along with Jones' last performance with the group.
Lonesome River Band's most recent album was "Turn on a Dime" out on Mountain Home Music.