Lonesome River Band - The Winning Hand
  • Blues of the Night
  • That's Why Trains Are Lonesome
  • Effingham County
  • Near Mrs.
  • A Happy Song
  • Charlottesville
  • Oh Darlin'
  • Hard Work
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Hang Around for the Heartbreak
  • Brown Hill
  • Nothin' Comes To Mind
  • She Don't Know I'm Alive
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Blues of the Night
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:43) [6.46 MB]
  • That's Why Trains Are Lonesome
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:34) [6.11 MB]
  • Effingham County
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:45) [8.82 MB]
  • Near Mrs.
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:11) [7.53 MB]
  • A Happy Song
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:06) [7.33 MB]
  • Charlottesville
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:02) [7.18 MB]
  • Oh Darlin'
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:14) [7.64 MB]
  • Hard Work
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:08) [5.12 MB]
  • Queen of Hearts
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:36) [6.19 MB]
  • Hang Around for the Heartbreak
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:50) [6.72 MB]
  • Brown Hill
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:23) [5.69 MB]
  • Nothin' Comes To Mind
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:59) [7.07 MB]
  • She Don't Know I'm Alive
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:11) [7.53 MB]
  • Tom and Jerry
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:53) [6.84 MB]
Biography
“Queen of Hearts,” the band’s upcoming radio single inspired the album’s title with the lyrics “It’s too much to stand, the addiction of a buck / In you I have a winning hand but the Queen of Hearts brings bad luck.” The song — like the rest of the album — affirms LRB’s presence in Bluegrass music with they influential signature sound.

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It’s hard to think of a genre more committed to sustained creative careers than bluegrass. Case in point: the 41-years-and-counting path of Mountain Home Music Company stalwarts, Lonesome River Band. Though the last remaining original member departed before the turn of the century, the group — a quintet for more than 20 years now — hasn’t so much reinvented itself as refined a profoundly influential signature sound that has a seemingly endless appeal to successive generations of fans and musicians alike. Led by 30-plus year veteran and award-winning banjo man Sammy Shelor, who has presided over one stellar lineup after another, the LRB remains among the genre’s most widely admired and powerful draws, both in person and on streaming platforms.

Now, after a succession of singles that have once again reaffirmed their presence in the genre’s top ranks, Lonesome River Band is ready with a new collection, The Winning Hand, due out June 14. “It’s the first full collection of songs with the latest configuration of LRB,” Shelor notes, “featuring Jesse Smathers and Adam Miller sharing the lead vocals backed by Kameron Keller, Mike Hartgrove and myself. We hope everyone enjoys what we have put together for this project. Our songwriting friends have once again come through with some great new songs!”

Sure enough, the material on the set both confirms that the band’s long-established sound is as vital as ever, and that Shelor and his associates have an ear, too, for new directions. Among the songs in the former vein are the project’s third single, “Blues of the Night”; favored writer Daniel Salyer’s “That’s Why Trains Are Lonesome”; and “Oh, Darlin’,” and “Brown Hill,” from the songbook of the influential Lost & Found, whose “Harvest Time” and “Struttin’ to Ferrum” found places on previous LRB Mountain Home projects. Others, like first single, “Near Mrs.,” its follow-up, “She Don’t Know I’m Alive,” and the part serious, part tongue-in-cheek “A Happy Song” (“Why can’t someone help me out/And just sing me a happy song”) reflect their origins in and around the world of country music, while hit writer Adam Wright’s wry “Nothing Comes To Mind” offers a further echo of the Lost & Found. Yet there’s also a bit of new ground plowed with the delicate syncopation of “Charlottesville,” and a nod to the elemental bluegrass combination of fiddle and banjo that has Mike Hartgrove and Shelor front and center on Tommy Jackson’s durable “Tom and Jerry.”

In short, The Winning Hand offers an expansive yet no-frills demonstration of the power that the Lonesome River Band has been bringing to recording studios for decades. On its cover, the quintet are seated behind a simple table, looking confidently at the camera with just a hint of a smile on their faces — and for good reason: from start to finish, their new collection is, indeed, a winning hand.

About Lonesome River Band
Since its formation decades ago, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year, and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in acoustic music. With stellar lead vocalists and impressive instrumental talents, the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.
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  • Members:
    Sammy Shelor, Jesse Smathers, Mike Hartgrove, Adam Miller, Kameron Keller
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    05/24/24
  • Profile Last Updated:
    07/18/24 00:43:52

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