Lonesome River Band

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Lonesome River Band
OriginMeadows of Dan, Virginia, United States
GenresBluegrass, Folk
Years active1982-present
Associated acts
MembersMike Hartgrove, Jesse Smathers, Barry Reed, Brandon Rickman, Sammy Shelor, Derrick Clifton
Past membersTim Austin,

Jerry McMillan, Steve Thomas, Rick Williams, Jeff Midkiff, Billy Wheeler, Randy Driskill, Adam Steffey, Brian Fesler, Dan Tyminski, Dale Perry, John Green, Ronnie Bowman, Steve Dilling, Darrell Webb, Don Rigsby, Kenny Smith, Rickie Simpkins, Jeff Parker, Irl Hees, John Wade, Shannon Slaughter, Barry Berrier, Matt Leadbetter, Mike Anglin, Andy Ball, Mike Jones,

Randy Jones

The Lonesome River Band is an American contemporary bluegrass band. The band has released 15 recording projects since its formation in 1982. Lonesome River Band is led by Sammy Shelor who is a member of the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame and a 5-Time International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Award recipient. The band has experienced numerous personnel changes over the years, and has not included an original member since Tim Austin left the band in 1995 to focus on Doobie Shea Records.[1]

On November 11, 2011, band member Sammy Shelor was awarded the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo.[2] Shelor was presented with the award on the Late Show with David Letterman. Following the presentation of the award, Steve Martin performed with the Lonesome River Band.


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Title Album details Peak positions
US Bluegrass
I Guess Heartaches Are in Style This Year
  • Release date: 1985
  • Label: Shar-Lin
The Lonesome River Band
Saturday Night - Sunday Morning
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: Rebel Records
Looking for Yourself
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: Rebel Records
Carrying the Tradition
  • Release date: 1991
  • Label: Rebel Records
Old Country Town
One Step Forward
  • Release date: March 19, 1996
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
Finding the Way
  • Release date: August 18, 1998
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
Talkin to Myself
  • Release date: June 20, 2000
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
Window of Time
  • Release date: August 27, 2002
  • Label: Doobie Shea Records
Head on into Heartache
The Road with No End
  • Release date: July 25, 2006
  • Label: Mountain Home
No Turning Back
Still Learning
  • Release date: July 13, 2010
  • Label: Rural Rhythm Records
Chronology, Volume 1
  • Release date: February 28, 2012
  • Label: Rural Rhythm Records
Chronology, Volume 2
  • Release date: July 3, 2012
  • Label: Rural Rhythm Records
Chronology, Volume 3
  • Release date: October 16, 2012
  • Label: Rural Rhythm Records
Turn on a Dime
  • Release date: October 28, 2014
  • Label: Mountain Home
Coming back home to you
  • Release date: August 14, 2015
  • Label: Mountain Home
Bridging the Tradition
  • Release date: March 18, 2016
  • Label: Mountain Home
Mayhayley's House
  • Release date: June 23, 2017
  • Label: Mountain Home
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ "Tim Austin: Where Is He Now?". Bluegrass Today. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  2. ^ "Sammy Shelor Wins Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Band and Bluegrass". Sammy Shelor. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  3. ^ "Lonesome River Band". lonesomeriverband.com. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  4. ^ "The Lonesome River Band". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-01-12.

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