The Lonesome River Band is a longtime staple in bluegrass. 2012 marks the 30year anniversary of the band and they have decided to celebrate by releasing three albums, CHRONOLOGY Volumes One-Three. On CHRONOLOGY Volume 1 Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman, Mike Hartgrove, Barry Reed, and Randy Jones join up to generate some solid bluegrass creating that distinctive Lonesome River Band sound.
Released on Rural Rhythm Records and produced by the Lonesome River Band, this 8 song album is the kick off to the trio of albums in CHRONOLOGY. Volume 1 covers songs from the bands first decade, the 1980’s. Throughout the history of the band some members have come and gone, therefore even though the songs are being redone the album still takes on a different sound. The current members of the band certainly do not disappoint as all 8 of the songs offer fantastic instrumentation and vocals.
The band produces a timeless bluegrass sound with especially great banjo solos by Sammy Shelor in many of the songs including “Angeline the Baker.” “The Game is Over” is a classic sounding bluegrass tune that the band really shines on. It is both catchy and has clever lyrics. Another stand out song on the album is “Hobo Blues.” It starts with a fairly long, and also fantastic, instrumental portion and then the vocals kick in which just adds more depth to the song.
If you like bluegrass music you are probably already familiar with the work of the Lonesome River Band. If not, you should most definitely check them out. The thing I love most about bluegrass is the amazing musicians the type of music breeds. This band is no exception. I could listen to these guys pick and play all day. Listening to them just makes my love for bluegrass grow.
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