LONESOME RIVER BAND, “Chronology: Volume Three,” Rural Rhythm. 10 tracks.

The Lonesome River Band celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, releasing three volumes of music from its three decades of performing.

The band, which has no original members left, is still a vibrant part of the bluegrass scene today.

In October, the Lonesome River Band won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s recorded performance of the year award for its version of “Angeline The Baker.” And Sammy Shelor won his fifth banjo player of the year award from the IBMA.

“Volume Three” in the band’s 30th anniversary series consists of songs selected by fans in a poll earlier this year.

There’s the somewhat creepy “Carolyn The Teenaged Queen,” a song about a man pushing 30 marrying a 14-year-old and then plotting to kill her when she cheats on him 10 years later.

“Sorry County Blues” tells the stories of several people who have fallen on hard times in today’s economy.

“Whoop And Ride” is a blazing song about a man who’s running from the law.

“Stray Dogs And Alley Cats” is a ballad about a man who knows he’s not good enough for heaven, but hopes there’s room for people to empty the garbage cans up there.

“Harvest Time” finds a boy stealing corn and expecting to be shot by the mean farmer who owns it. But the farmer is off making moonshine that night.

Several songs — “Long Gone,” “Am I A Fool,” “Money In The Bank,” “Who Needs You” and “Sittin’ On Top Of The World” — are about broken relationships and men who are trying to deny their pain.

Good album by a band that’s still on top of its game.

Can’t find it in stores? Try LonesomeRiverBand.com.

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