Who are the members of your band?
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
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