LONESOME RIVER BAND, “Mayhayley’s House,” Mountain Home. 13 tracks

The Lonesome River Band has come a long way since its formation in 1982 — and seen a lot of personnel changes.

But the banjo of Sammy Shelor has defined the band’s sound for its entire 35-year history.

And despite the occasional drums and pianos in its albums, the band’s sound is still mostly traditional.

The new album, “Mayhayley’s House,” takes its title from a song about Amanda Mayhayley Lancaster, a self-proclaimed oracle, lawyer and farmer who died in 1955.

“Old Coyote Town,” a country hit for Don Williams in 1989, tells the story of an old man who’s settled into a Texas town that’s slowly dying.

“Hickory Holler Times and County News” finds a man looking through his hometown weekly newspaper for a picture of a friend, only to discover that it’s a picture of the guy’s wedding to the singer’s high school flame.

“Blackbirds and Crows” is a murder ballad about a man who kills his wife before she can leave him.

“Wrong Road Again,” a country hit for Crystal Gayle in 1974, gets a bluegrass treatment here.

“As Lonesome As I Am” finds the singer still believing that love will someday find him.

“Diggin’ ” tells the story of a man fighting to keep his head above water financially.

“It Feels Real Good Goin’ Down” finds a man drinking wine and trying to forget a woman.

It’s another good album by a band that’s had a lot of success since Ronald Reagan was in his first term in the White House.

Can’t find it in stores?

Try  http://lonesomeriverband.com/www/merchandise/

 

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