Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
“Thank you. Y’all make a bunch of hillbillies feel right at home,” declared the Lonesome River Band’s banjo man Sammy Shelor, as he kicked off the second of two hour-long sets with a sparkling rendition of “John Hardy” that served as an instrumental showcase for the all-star bluegrass band that brought the back-porch high lonesome sound to the swank Troy Savings Bank Music Hall recently.
And there was no question that all seven musicians were masters on their respective instruments – and they each had multiple trophies from the International Bluegrass Music Association to prove it.
But this wasn’t a band per se, and as bassist Missy Raines explained, the program featured “music that we don’t normally get to play together – old standards and new songs.”