LONESOME RIVER BAND, “Bridging The Tradition,” Mountain Home, 12 tracks.

The Lonesome River Band is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its “Carrying The Tradition” album, which highlighted the bluegrass tradition while adding new elements to the music, with “Bridging The Tradition,” which continues the expansion of the band’s sound.

Drums and piano are a couple of elements traditionalists might find a little jarring.

But they work in this context.

Songs include the traditional “Boats Up The River,” Ralph Stanley‘s “Rock Bottom,” and “Rose in Paradise,” a No. 1 country song by Waylon Jennings in 1987.

But for the most part, the rest of the material is relatively new.

Band member Brandon Rickman co-wrote three — “Showing My Age,” “Mirrors Never Lie” and “Waiting On My Heart To Break.”

“Showing My Age” is one of the album’s highlights.

The singer is facing 40, turning gray and wondering where the years have gone.

“You get old or you die,” he reasons.

And there’s a well-deserved dig at Nashville — “Sure miss country music.”

“Thunder and Lightning” is about a moonshiner.

The rest of the album is about relationships — most of which aren’t working.

The release date is March 18.

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

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