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Lonesome River Band adds new member

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.

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Bridging the Tradition CD review - Bridging the Tradition
There aren't a lot of bluegrass bands that can boast that they've lasted more than a quarter-century on the national scene, but the history of the Lonesome River Band as one of the most competent and dependable bands in the business goes back to the late 1980s. Banjo player Sammy Shelor's tenure doesn't go back quite that far, having joined "only" in 1990, but for the past 15 years, he's been the leader and front man. If the title of their newest release sounds a »»»
Turn on a Dime CD review - Turn on a Dime
Sammy Shelor's banjo playing is just one facet of another great CD from the Lonesome River Band. Shelor is one of the top banjo players on the circuit, and he always has a great band. Brandon Rickman plays guitar and sings half the leads. He also co-wrote three of the songs. "Lila Mae" and "Hurting With My Broken Heart" are love gone wrong songs while "If The Moon Never Sees the Light of Day" celebrates a good love affair. Mandolinist Randy Jones shares the »»»
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