LRB, Banditos, Nile drop music
Friday, June 23, 2017
– Lonesome River Band, Banditos and Willie Nile are out with new CDs today.
Lonesome River Band's "Mayhayley's House" (Mountain Home), mines bluegrass with a tad of country. The veteran group is Sammy Shelor on bass; Brandon Rickman on guitar and lead vocals; Mike Hartgrove on fiddle; Barry Reed on upright bass; Jesse Smathers on lead vocals and mandolin; and Tony Creasman on drums.
Willie Nile pays tribute to mainly '60s vintage Bob Dylan on "Positively Bob Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan" (River House). Dylan was a major influence on the singer, who's been making music for more than three decades.
Banditos continue offering a variety of musical identities on "Visionland" (Bloodshot), the group's second full length. Banditos produced along with Israel Nash and Ted Young.
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For years, Lonesome River Band was proud to be "Carrying The Tradition" of bluegrass music. Then, with last year's release they began the process of "Bridging The Tradition" of bluegrass to something a little more progressive, a little more modern. Now, "Mayhayley's House" proves that LRB is continuing across that bridge. What is ironic, or funny, is that Mayhayley Lancaster, from whom the project takes its name, was known for resisting modernization and ...
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 ...
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 ...