Still Learning

Still Learning

by The Lonesome River Band


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The Lonesome River Band have been one of the best bluegrass bands in the land since their formation in 1982. The band's original members are all long gone, but throughout the band's many personnel changes, its sound has remained consistent, a blend of traditional and progressive styles. The current lineup includes 20-year veteran and four-time IMBA Best Banjo Player winner Sammy Shelor; songwriter, singer, and guitarist Brandon Rickman, returning to the fold after five years as a solo artist; Andy Ball on mandolin and lead and harmony vocals; Mike Anglin on standup and electric bass and harmony vocals; and fiddler Mike Hargrove. Rickman's high lead vocals are a welcome addition to the band, but he's also a first-rate songwriter and contributes three strong originals to the album. "I'm Still Learning," a co-write with Shelor, is a midtempo country/bluegrass hybrid that celebrates the ups and downs of a longtime relationship. Rickman's vocal is supported by Shelor's subtle banjo and Hargrove's subtle fiddle work. "Forty Days in the Desert," another co-write with Shelor, is a bluesy gospel tune about the temptations of Christ, a Bible story brought to vibrant life by Rickman's passionate vocal. "As Wild as I Get" is a simmering country ballad about a good-natured ne'er-do-well musician and his long-suffering wife, with beautiful vocal harmonies and an insightful lyric. Other standout tracks include Merle Haggard's "Red Bandana," given a swinging arrangement highlighting Shelor's banjo, Ball's mandolin, and Hargrove's fiddle; "Any Ole Time" (not the Jimmie Rodgers song), a showcase for the band's compelling vocal harmonies; the blistering "Jack Up the Jail," a tale of moonshine and lawbreaking; and the traditional "Pretty Little Girl," a jam that gives all the bandmembers a chance to show off their chops.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2010
Label: Rural Rhythm
UPC: 0732351106529
catalogNumber: 1065
Rank: 65941

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lonesome River Band   Primary Artist
Mike Hartgrove   Fiddle
Sammy Shelor   Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Mike Anglin   Electric Bass,Upright Bass,Vocal Harmony
Brandon Rickman   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Andy Ball   Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Billy Burnette   Composer
Lonesome River Band   Producer
Terry McBride   Composer
Sammy Shelor   Arranger,Engineer
Mike Rogers   Composer
Jerry Salley   Composer
Carson Chamberlain   Composer
Malcolm McKinney   Composer
Ashby Frank   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Kevin Denney   Composer
Brandon Rickman   Composer
Jedd Hughes   Composer
Tom Botkin   Composer
Daniel Saiyer   Composer
Jimmy Metts   Composer
Marvin E. Clark   Composer
Mark Hodges   Engineer

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