In recent years, our schedule has placed Berryville, Virgnia right on our way as we head south for the winter and spring bluegrass season. On Saturday, January 12, 2013 the Berryville Bluegrass Series, hosted by Frank and Cyndy Jurney for many years will present The Lonesome River Band with Blue Moon Rising opening at the Williams Community Auditorium in Berryville, VA. for the benefit of Clarke County High School Athletics. Presented in the warm and comfortable school auditorium the school has a spacious cafeteria where a variety of home made food is served. Located at 110 Lincoln Avenue, in Berryville, these concerts are usually quite full. A few seats remain, so purchase your tickets now.
Arguably, 2012 was the best year in the storied thirty year history of the Lonesome River Band. IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for a new setting of Angeline the Baker, IBMA and SPBGMA Banjo Player of the Year for Sammy Shelor (IBMA for the fifth time), three CD set of retrospective new recordings of LRB history called Chronology, all as a follow-up for his winning of the 2012 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo. When the big old green bus pulls into a parking lot or festival grounds, often just a few hours before dawn after a long, hard drive from its last venue, you know that exciting bluegrass music has arrived with a unique tinge of the traditional and the contemporary. Sammy and his bandmates will soon be seen around the grounds greeting their many frienss, drinking strong, black coffee, and being part of the scene. Late that same evening, they'll close the show with a high energy riot of music and good times. This band just can't be beat.