For thirty years the Lonesome River Band has been providing high voltage bluegrass music that, especially at night, rocks the house. Five time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year and recipient of the $50,000 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo, Shelor is not only a virtuoso on his instrument, but a leader who infuses his band with the same fire that animates him. Singer/songwriter Brandon Rickman contributes some of LRB's best new material while bringing his own distinctive voice to the band's extensive catalog. This is a rare visit to South Georgia for LRB and shouldn't be missed.
Gary Waldrep, highly popular in this part of the world, is a seasoned entertainer who brings fervent gospel music and an old-time sensibility to his music. Guitarist Mindy Rakestraw has a fine singing voice, too. Coming from the Sand Mountain region of Alabama, Gary's shows are always well received.
We last saw Mountain Faith as a contestant in the band contest at RenoFest several years ago and at the Coot-Williams Festival near Shelby, NC. Since then they've come a long way, now recording for Crossroads Records with Summer McMahon singing lead and playing fiddle. Look for solid bluegrass gospel music from this touring band which will be playing at Red, White & Blue in North Carolina and Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO later this summer.
We first saw Amanda Cook playing with High Cotton at Perry, FL several years ago. Since then she has changed direction, formed her own band called Kennesaw Ridge, joined IBMA to widen her exposure, and released a new CD called One Stop Along the Road. I'm looking forward to hearing this band and seeing how Amanda has progressed.
I've been unable to find any mention of either The King Family or BlueRoad on the Internet. If anyone can help enlighten me, I'll make changes to this paragraph and add pics. Otherwise, I'll cover them more fully in my review after the festival.