Saturday, June 19, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-The Lonesome River Band
Album:Carrying The Tradition
The Lonesome River Band have been delivering traditional bluegrass music since the early 90s. Because their lineup has changed so much, you may not know that it was the home of the very talented Dan Tyminski before he became musical director for Alison Krauss. That's him singing on this 1991 version of the Roy Acuff classic Fireball Mail. The group has gone through a lot of changes over the years but it was started by banjoist and lead singer Tim Austin along with Steve Thomas on mandolin and fiddle, Rick Williams on banjo and Jerry McMillan on bass. In 1985 they recorded an album for a small label but then signed with the bluegrass label Rebel Records and released Looking For Yourself in 1989. At this point they reorganized and brought in Banjoist Sammy Shelor from The Virginia Squires along with bassist Ronnie Bowman. Dan Tyminski was hired to play mandolin. Carrying The Tradition was their first CD with the new lineup in 1991. It topped the Bluegrass Unlimited charts. They signed with Sugar Hill Records and released Old Country Town in 1994. Then Tim Austin left The Lonesome River Band touring group but continued to work on their albums. Dan Tyminski left to take over Alison Krauss & Union Station. They were replaced by Kenny Smith of Claire Lynch's Fromt Porch String Band and veteran mandolin player Don Rigsby. All the band members have recorded solo albums and The Lonesome River Band currently records for Rural Rhythm. Their new CD Still Learning is to be released shortly. They are recommended to bluegrass fans. Here's The Lonesome River Band featuring Dan Tyminski performing Fireball Mail.