THE LONESOME RIVER BAND, “Still Learning,” Rural Rhythm. 13 tracks.

Bluegrass bands are like baseball teams. For many of them, the lineup seems to change almost every season.

And the Lonesome River Band, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next year, has seen plenty of great players come and go through the seasons.

 No one from the original lineup — Tim Austin, Steve Thomas, Rick Williams and Jerry McMillan — has been around for more than a decade.

Of the classic lineup from the early 1990s — Austin, Ronnie Bowman, Dan Tyminski and Sammy Shelor — only Shelor remains.

But even with all the lineup changes, the LRB continues to produce some of the best bluegrass around.

The current lineup — Shelor, Brandon Rickman, Andy Ball, Mike Anglin and Mike Hartgrove — has already made its mark.

Their 2008 album, “No Turning Back,” went to No. 1 on several charts and produced two hits — “Them Blues” and “Like A Train Needs A Track.”

“Still Learning” is a worthy successor to “No Turning Back.”

The album is No. 15 on the Bluegrass Unlimited charts this month and the first single, “Record Time Machine,” a uptempo nostalgia song about an old RCA phonograph, is at No. 26 on the singles chart.

There are a couple of grassed up older country songs — Mel Tillis’ “Goodbye Wheeling” from 1967 and Merle Haggard’s “Red Bandana” from 1979 — and a public domain instrumental, “Pretty Little Girl.”

But most of the songs are pretty new.

Rickman co-wrote three — the title cut, “Forty Days in The Desert” and “As Wild As I Get.”

“Forty Days,” an uptempo gospel number about Jesus confronting Satan in the wilderness, is one of the strongest performances on the album.

By and large, this is an album of uptempo material with songs like “Jack Up The Jail,” a blazing tune about a moonshiner who teaches the trade to his wife before he goes to jail, and “Any Old Time,” a galloping song about a man who’ll come running any time she calls.

Purists, take note: Although the LRB’s music is mostly traditional, there is an electric bass on the album.

Can’t find it in stores? Try www.RuralRhythm.com

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