Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee
From the mid-’70s through early ’90s, bluegrass experienced a musical evolution. The high lonesome mountain vocals and deep country sound of first-generation bluegrass bands were augmented by a rock and roll energy and attitude. Bands like J.D. Crowe & the New South, Boone Creek, and, of course, the Lonesome River Band were key in creating this new sound. This year will mark the band’s 37th anniversary. Led by banjo master Sammy Shelor, the Lonesome River Band still plays with the fire and energy that has become their hallmark. It is an enduring legacy.