The Lonesome River Band, “Chronology: Volume I,” Rural Rhythm. 8 tracks
A lot of bands — bluegrass and otherwise — have come and gone since 1982 when Tim Austin, Steve Thomas, Rick Williams and Jerry McMillan formed the Lonesome River Band.
None of of the four is still with the band.
But the LRB is still going strong.
It took the group a decade to really make its mark in bluegrass with “Carrying The Tradition,” the 1991 album that established the LRB as one of the genre’s top bands.
Of the four members of the band that year — Austin, Ronnie Bowman, Dan Tyminski and Sammy Shelor — only Shelor remains.
Big names like Kenny Smith, Don Rigsby, Ron Stewart and Rickie Simpkins have come and gone through the years.
But the LRB has done what few bands have done, continuously reinvented itself through the years, staying both popular and relevant.
The current lineup — Shelor, Brandon Rickman, Randy Jones, Mike Hartgrove and Barry Reed — has turned out two No. 1 albums in a row — “Still Learning” and “No Turning Back.”
Now, Rural Rhythm Records is celebrating the LRB’s 30th anniversary in bluegrass with three 8-song albums called “Chronology.”
Volume I will be available on Feb.28.
Seven of the songs are new versions of songs released in the band’s first decade.
“Mary Ann” and “The Old Man in the Shanty” are from the debut album.
“Close The Door Lightly When You Go” is from 1987.
“Laura Jean” and “I’m Afraid To Love You Anymore” are from 1989.
And “The Game Is Over” and “Hobo Blues” are from 1991.
The traditional instrumental, “Angeline The Baker” is the only track on the album that the LRB is recording for the first time.
Yeah, it’s a short album, but it’s a great way to get reacquainted with the LRB’s roots and hear some great vocals by Rickman and Jones, some fantastic harmony and some outstanding picking.
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