LONESOME RIVER BAND, “Chronology: Volume Two,” Rural Rhythm. 8 tracks.

The Lonesome River Band has come a long way since 1982 when Tim Austin, Steve Thomas, Rick Williams and Jerry McMillan formed the group.

They’re all moved on since then, but the LRB is still going strong.

Big names like Ronnie Bowman, Dan Tyminski, Sammy Shelor, Kenny Smith, Don Rigsby, Ron Stewart and Rickie Simpkins have come and gone through the years.

Today, only Shelor remains.

But the LRB continues to reinvent itself, keeping its music fresh.

The current lineup — Shelor, Brandon Rickman, Randy Jones, Mike Hartgrove and Barry Reed — is topping the bluegrass charts just like its predecessors.

And this year, the band is celebrating its 30 years in bluegrass with a collection of three “Chronology” albums — each highlighting music from a particular decade.

“Volume One,” covering the band’s first decade, came out in February. The third will be out in September.

“Volume Two,” released this month, covers the years from 1994 to 2000.

There’s one new track, “Barely Beat The Daylight In,” an uptempo number about a man who’s exhausted from trying to spend every night with the woman he loves and work during the day.

Re-recorded band hits include “The Crime I Didn’t Do,” “Sweet Sally Brown,” “Perfume, Powder and Lead,” “The Game I Can’t Win,” “Tears Are Blinding Me,” “Flat Broke  and Lonesome” and “Dog Gone Shame.”

Yes, the albums are short — just eight songs each.

But they’re good.

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

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