Lonesome River Band lead singer slates solo debut
Thursday, May 7, 2009 – Lonesome River Band lead singer Brandon Rickman will release his debut disc in late June on Rural Rhythm Records. "Young Man, Old Soul" contains 12 songs produced by Rickman and Jimmy Metts. The first single is Always Have, Always Will," penned by Christ Stapleton of The SteelDrivers. Aaron McDaris helps out on banjo, Randy Kohrs play resophonic guitar and Terry Eldredge offers harmony vocals.
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No Turning Back
From their beginnings a quarter-century ago, the Lonesome River Band has been at the forefront of contemporary bluegrass as a band deftly able to mix the old and the new and were credited by many in the mid-'90s as being among the first to bring a "rock and roll attitude" to the genre with a "wall of sound" approach that attracted a young cult following. Banjo player Sammy Shelor, with the band since at least 1991, is the closest thing to an original member in the current »»»
The Road With No End
When Sammy Shelor's hammers the opening banjo kickoff, he leaves no doubt this is Lonesome River. Despite the years of being on "the road with no end," the band that achieved prominence with Shelor, Dan Tyminski and Tim Austin and has had a number of personnel change through the years, continues to maintain the characteristic LRB sound. The "River Band," as they are often known in bluegrass circles, continues to play with their straightforward sound with a progressive »»»
One Step Forward
The Lonesome River Band is one of the best young bluegrass working today. Led by singer/bassist/songwriter Ronnie Bowman and hard-drivin,' banjo man, Sammy Shelor, the LRB has been around for a number of years in one incarnation or another. It wasn't until Bowman and Shelor joined the group that they received their due. Bowman is simply one of the best singers in bluegrass today. Don't be surprised if he gets to cut a country record in the next few years. He really shines on the gospel number, »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With Staples, Newport Folk Festival overcomes
The sun finally broke through, appropriately enough, on what had been an off-and-on rainy day at the third and final day of the Newport Folk Festival towards the end of long day with Mavis Staples headlining.
And while there were a few dour-type performances (Conor Oberst most prominently), the joy and palpable energy exuded by Staples, the scion of... »»»
Concert Review: With Aldean, lightng (and volume) strike
With Kenny on the bench this year, cities have doubled down on a heavy dose of the bro country movement. Luke Bryan is playing the football stadiums while Jason Aldean takes on the ball parks.
On a rain drenched Saturday night, Aldean set up shop in center field in Pittsburgh's PNC Park. Still touring behind last year's number one... »»»
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