Lonesome River Band
Though it’s known as a genre filled with sad, lonesome songs — "plumb pitiful" is a phrase often heard — it’s nonetheless true that bluegrass music, like classic country, has room for the occasional wry, self-deprecating song about lost love, too.
After nearly four decades, the award-winning Lonesome River Band can look back at a career filled with hits that have become as firmly entrenched in the bluegrass parking lot pickers’ songbook as any first generation classic. And though many of its members have long since gone on to other ventures, the band’s quintessential musical hallmarks — hard-grooving rhythm, sparkling banjo, distinctive leads and smooth, yet muscular harmonies — have not just survived but matured, and always in service of the song.
Lonesome River Band had been established for nearly a decade when the band released its landmark album, Carrying the Tradition, in 1991. The critically acclaimed project ushered in a new era for Bluegrass by acknowledging tradition while introducing new elements that expanded the genre.
Now, 25 years later, this award-winning band is again set to build on the familiar while adding bold progressiveness to its legend with this latest release, Bridging the Tradition (Mountain Home Music Company).
The award-winning LONESOME RIVER BAND fresh off a Hollywood, CA performance this past weekend, will head back to Nashville today for three Nashville concerts this week. The group will no doubt thrill fans with performances at MUSIC CITY ROOTS Live from the Loveless Barn, SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction STUDIO SPECIAL taping (live audience), and WSM Radio’s STATION INN SESSIONS. Following the International Bluegrass Music Association’