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Bobby Ristau
- bass and harmony vocals
Bobby is an Americana Roots bassist and harmony singer. Bobby's love of old time country and bluegrass music had its roots years ago when he first heard his friend's dad, singer songwriter Johnny Richards, sing and pick guitar. Later he began his 36

On Saturday, November 17th, 7:30 pm, the Lonesome River Band will be performing at Christ Church in Poughkeepsie. This is a great opportunity to come out and hear this award winning group. Founded 30 years ago with a stack of recordings, and dozens of awards and nominations the latest (2012) being IBMA for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for “Angeline The Baker” by Lonesome River Band and a 5th IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year for their banjoist, Sammy Shelor, this band is one of the most respected bands in bluegrass, today. Sammy Shelor graciously shares his thoughts and history in the following article. Thank you to Gary DiGiovanni for putting this interview together for HVBA!

“Shelor is the lynchpin. His right-handed precision infuses every song with a solid rhythmic pocket, and his laying is unique due in part to his ability to be ever-so slightly on top of the beat without speeding up.” – Vintage Guitar Magazine



Like Zoro, Paladin, Johnny Cash, and the other men in black, it must be easy to do Kinky Friedman’s laundry; no sorting required. With his trademark black hat, black jeans, black boots, black shirt, and black knee length “Hasidic” jacket, this guy has it all together. At least nothing clashes.

A few of the HVBA members (Lynn, Steve and Rob Lipton, and Mike Foley) had the opportunity to chat with Kinky before he went on stage at The Linda in Albany last night as he hit the mid-point of his “Bi-Polar Tour” of the East Coast.

When asked about his musical influences he recalled getting his first guitar

In bluegrass music, the pinnacle of achievement is to win an IBMA award. Conferred on performers by the esteemed International Bluegrass Music Association, they are not given out to just anyone. You have to be good; really good, in fact. To distinguish oneself in a field so rich with talent is no small thing. To even be nominated for an award is a feat in itself. Bear this in mind then, as we consider the accomplishments of mandolin player, Jesse Brock.

Jesse won the IBMA’s award for Mandolin Performer of the Year in 2009. He was also part of

Audie Blaylock has been playing music his whole life. After 25 years as a sideman with some of the most well know acts in bluegrass including Jimmy Martin, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and Red Allen to name a few, he formed Audie Blaylock and Redline in 2005 and was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music

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