The Lonesome River Band
Thirty five years and sixteen albums later, The Lonesome River Band continues to set the standard in bluegrass music. Led by Sammy Shelor, five time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award winner (he has been nominated another seven times!) and recipient of the Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, The Lonesome River Band is one of the most influential and respected bluegrass bands ever, period. In addition to Sammy’s honours, the band has also won Gospel Event of the Year, Album of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year Awards. Rounding out the band are Brandon Rickman (guitar), Mike Hartgrove (fiddle), Barry Reed (bass) and Jesse Smathers, who just won a 2017 IBMA Momentum Vocalist of the Year Award, on mandolin. We are thrilled to present the Lonesome River Band at KMBF 2018!

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