The Lonesome River Band

LRB-leadEscaping Floods, Working On Buses, And Keeping The Downbeat In Bluegrass Music
The Lonesome River Band
Celebrates 35 Years

By Derek Halsey

RudyFest has become one of the more popular bluegrass festivals in America, known for treating both the artists and the fans in a positive way. Held every year at the Carter County Fairgrounds on U.S. 60 in Grayson, Ky., it’s a go-to destination for lovers of bluegrass music in June. This year, however, the normally hardy fans were faced with a dangerous emergency created by Mother Nature.

It was June 23rd and heavy rains were pounding the festival grounds as well as points upstream and throughout eastern Kentucky. The Lonesome River Band have been headliners at RudyFest for a long time, to the point where they were named the festival’s official host band a few years ago. On that Friday evening at the onset of summer, the flood waters were quickly intensifying and the band had a hard decision to make. The authorities let everyone at the festival know that the rain was causing big problems upstream at Barrett Creek, a tributary of the Little Sandy River. Sammy Shelor and the LRB had a booth set up out on the festival grounds filled with CDs, t-shirts and more, all of which were a part of their scheduled CD release party for their new album Mayhayley’s House. The conditions, however, were changing rapidly. The band was faced with the choice of trying to get their gear out of the field or save the very expensive tour bus that carries them all over the country. The idea of doing both entered their minds, yet the water was rising fast.

“We had all of our CDs, t-shirts, and everything set up and we had a choice of taking 30 to 40 minutes to get all of that back to the bus, or get out,” said Shelor. “We chose to get out and we lost a bunch of stuff. We lost about 400 CDs. They got washed away. All of our merchandise for the release party was out on the ground all of the way across the park from where the bus was sitting. When they came in and began the evacuations, the water had already started rising on the road. So, I had the choice of waiting 30 minutes to get loaded up or get the bus out. I had a choice between the bus and the merchandise, and we lost the merchandise.” Read entire article »

Escaping Floods, Working On Buses, And Keeping The Downbeat In Bluegrass Music —
Lonesome River Band Celebrates 35 Years
By Derek Halsey

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