The Official International Bluegrass Association’s World of Bluegrass Kick-Off Party, sponsored by Moonstruck Management, will feature Lonesome River Band who are nominated for four IBMA Awards this year. The party will take place on Tuesday, September 27, 6:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre located 126 E Cabarrus Street in Raleigh.
Music fans will be admitted with an IBMA Business Conference Badge, or a Bluegrass Ramble wristband. Shuttle service will be offered for conference attendees from the Convention Center to the Lincoln Theatre immediately following the Keynote Address.
At 7:00 p.m., immediately following Lonesome River Band’s Kick-Off Party, the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble showcase will begin. At 10:00 p.m., bluegrass music fans are invited to remain at the Lincoln Theatre for the Moonstruck Management Showcase featuring performances by NewTown at 10:00 p.m., Lonesome River Band at 11:00 p.m., Trinity River Band at 12:00 a.m., followed by the Moonstruck Mash featuring the incredible talents of: Sammy Shelor, Dave Adkins, Brandon Rickman, Jesse Smathers, Kati Penn Williams, Jr. Williams, Sarah Harris, Joshua Harris, and Travis Anderson. Dave Adkins, who had one of the most successful bluegrass albums of 2016, will also serve as Emcee for the night.
On Wednesday, September 28 at 3:30 p.m, Lonesome River Band will perform at the Mountain Home Music Company’s Showcase being held from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Room 305 A-B of the Raleigh Convention Center.
Later that evening, Sammy Shelor will also be part of the Virginia is for Music Lovers Ramble at The Architect Bar & Social House from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. The event features Jim Lauderdale and Friends Sammy Shelor, Wayne Henderson, Virginia Luthiers, Dani Flowers, The Church Sisters, and Hackensaw Boys.
Lonesome River Band’s four IBMA Award Nominations this year includes one for Album of the Year for Bridging the Tradition. This groundbreaking album, released in March on Mountain Home Music Company, features two nominated tracks – “Thunder and Lightning” written by Adam Wright for Song of the Year and “Rocking of the Cradle” written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Sammy Shelor, received a nomination for Banjo Performer of the Year – an Award he has been presented with five times during his impressive career. Lonesome River Band will perform during the 27th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show. This special event will be held Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for The Performing Arts. Shelor will also present an award during the event. For more information on IBMA, please visit ibma.org.
Lonesome River Band:
Since its formation 34 years ago, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin), combined with the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.
Shelor is a member of the Virginia Country Music of Fame, winner of the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, and a multi-award winning SPBGMA Banjo Player of the Year. While not on his busy tour with Lonesome River Band, Shelor is in high demand as a guest artist. He has performed with the Zac Brown Band, toured and recorded with Alan Jackson promoting Jackson’s “The Bluegrass Album,” and performed fellow LRB band member Mike Hartgrove and actor and comedian Martin Short during the 43rd Life Achievement Award Show Honoring Steve Martin in Hollywood.