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Sat., May 12: Lonesome River Band Headlines Loudoun Bluegrass Festival
Sat., May 12: Lonesome River Band Headlines Loudoun Bluegrass Festival

The Third Annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival will take place on Saturday May 12, 2012, from 10 to 9p. The Festival is presented by Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport, and all profits help pay college tuition for five local and deserving students who could not otherwise afford to go to college. The Festival will be held at the Loudoun County 4H Fairgrounds at 17558 Dry Mill Road in Leesburg.

Lonesome River Band has been one of the most popular and influential acts on the bluegrass festival and concert circuit since the release of their breakout CD, Carrying The Tradition, back in 1991.

The band's long career is filled with a multitude of Awardsand Recognitions including the International Bluegrass Music Association [IBMA] honoring the group with multiple awards for Album of the Year and topping it off with an amazing four-time award wins for Sammy Shelor as IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year. The group has also received recognition by Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America [SPBGMA] for numerous Bluegrass Band of Year wins, Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year and Shelor as Banjo Player of the Year.  

"For three decades, the Lonesome River Band has been one of the top Bluegrass acts in the format. One of the reasons for that is that their sound has always continued to evolve," says Chuck Dauphin of Music News Nashville.  

Steve Stone, of AUDIOPHILE says, "Featuring four-time IBMA banjo player of the year Sammy Shelor and Brandon Rickman on guitar and lead vocals, Lonesome River Band creates modern bluegrass music that burns with passion and precision."  

In 2010, Shelor was again nominated the IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year award. The previous year, the band received numerous recognitions including: nomination for the 2009 Instrumental Performance of the Year (Struttin to Ferrum); 2009 nomination for Gospel Performance of the Year (Darkness Wept); and Sammy Shelor's 2009 nomination for Banjo Performer of the Year. LRB opened the 2009 IBMA Awards Show at the Ryman Auditorium with a tremendous and extremely well received performance. In 2008, they were chosen as an IBMA Showcase Artist and the band regularly performs at the popular IBMA Fan Fest at the yearly convention.  

2011 proved to be a great year for LRB with Sammy Shelor receiving the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.  Lonesome River Band with special guest Steve Martin made an appearance and performed on the Late Show With David Letterman on November 11, 2011.  During that year, members of LRB received five 2011 IBMA nominations, including Album of the Year for their participation on The All-Star Jam: Live At Graves Mountain on the Rural Rhythm label (released in 2010). They received two nods for Instrumental Recorded performance of the Year for "Pretty Little Girl," on the album, Still Learning (Rural Rhythm), and also for band members Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman and Mike Hartgrove's work on "Ground Speed," by The Rural Rhythm All-Stars (Rural Rhythm). LRB has a Recorded Event of the Year nomination for the song, "Graves Mountain Memories," recorded by the Rural Rhythm All-Stars (including Sammy Shelor and Mike Hartgrove) on The All-Star Jam: Live at Graves Mountain album; and band leader Sammy Shelor is nominated for Banjo Player of the Year, an award he received four consecutive years from 1995-1998.    

THE ALL-STAR JAM: LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN album was recorded June 2010 during the Graves Mountain Festival of Music in celebration of Rural Rhythm's 55th Anniversary. Also included in the album were fellow label-mates, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Lou Reid and Carolina, Carrie Hassler,  Crowe Brothers, and Brand New Strings.  Two songs from that album have hit the radio charts including "Graves Mountain Memories" (Carl Jackson, Sammy Shelor, Mark Newton, Russell Moore, Lou Reid, Audie Blaylock, Carrie Hassler, Mike Hargrove) and "Head Over Heels" (Carrie Hassler, Brandon Rickman, and Brand New Strings).

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