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May Adventures 

A few pics from our May travels:

One of the highlights of our year, Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass & BBQ, Branson MO, May 15-16th.

 

Then, May 25-26th, The Back Forty Festival in Curryville, MO. What a beautiful park and a fantastic festival. The Turnbull Family are the consummate hosts to both their visiting bands and festival-goers.

We're taking a break in June and July to work on upcoming projects. We'll see you in August where we'll be performing in Republic MO, Eureka Springs AR, and Harrison AR!

 

On the Front Porch 

Nov. 16, 2017

We made our first appearance at The Front Porch Theater in Alma, AR Saturday night. It was like going back in time, playing on the nostalgic front-porch-themed stage.

Such an intimate setting puts everyone at ease.

Ron's wife, Mary, was there with us taking pictures. Here are a few of her images from Saturday's show.



After the show, we added our autographs to those on the backstage wall.

We had a great time. We send our thanks to Bill Rogers and everyone at The Front Porch Theater for their warm hospitality and to Mary Pennington for these great pictures.

Our next show will be January 12-13 at the 44th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards in Jefferson City, MO. We hope you make plans to be there!

 

Sing, Sing, Sing! 

Monday, July 31, 2017

We were surrounded by talented singers and performers Saturday night at the New Horizon's Gospel Spectacular in Lebanon, MO. Here we are, backstage, getting ready for our first set.

 

Our next show is Saturday, September 23 at the annual bluegrass festival in Carl Junction, MO. Then later that evening, we'll be in Willard MO at the Willard Children's Charitable Fund Benefit. We'll post more information about these events in the coming weeks.

To see our entire schedule for 2017, visit our appearances page.

 

It's Been Fun, June!  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

We were so busy in June, we didn't take time to update the blog. So here's a look back at what we were up to last month.

First up, Saturday June 10th, was one of our favorite Springfield MO area festivals, Pickin' in the Park at Walnut Grove, MO.

Later that afternoon, we were in Billings, MO for a show in the barn at Mooneyham Junction where the Mooneyham family has hosted Bluegrass & Country Music shows since the 1960's. 

We send our thanks to Ron's wife, Mary Pennington, for these photos. Thanks also to Eric Coones from Brightwater Junction for the following videos from last night's show: 

You'll Get No More of Me 

and Colder and Colder.

Later in June, we returned to Chillicothe, MO for the city's annual Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival. We have played this festival before and are always pleased to be asked back. 

In addition to our stage shows that weekend, Saturday morning before the festival, we participated in a Bluegrass jam at the farmer's market in downtown Chillcothe. Here are Rob, Ron, and David along with Emalee Flatness and many of our friends from other Missouri bands with Dark HollowThank you for sharing this, Rob and Renee Flatness!

Coming up Saturday, July 29th, we'll be in Lebanon, MO for the New Horizon's Gospel Spectacular 2017! Check back in a couple weeks for more information. We hope you'll make plans to attend!

Bluegrass Karaoke at GOBS 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Lonesome Road, with our friend Andrew Morton from Casey and the Atta Boys, backed up performers last night at the Greater Ozarks Bluegrass Society's Bluegrass Karaoke. Many musicians participated including our longtime friend, Andy Dye, who sang Today Has Been a Lonesome Day. 

We also enjoyed accompanying singer and guitarist, Jim Curl, on Amie

Here's another from last night: Kelly Freeland, also with Casey and the Atta Boys, singing Blue-Eyed Boston Boy

If you are not familiar with the Greater Ozarks Bluegrass Society, it is a Springfield, MO-based non-profit promoting Bluegrass music in the Ozarks. Meetings are the 2nd Friday night of every month at River Bluff Church in Ozark, MO. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are a musician, or you simply enjoy listening to Bluegrass, we hope you will consider attending a meeting or joining GOBS.

 

Video/Photos by Casey & Kelly Freeland

Bluegrass & BBQ  

May 14, 2017

Thursday and Friday, May 4-5th, we played at Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass & BBQ Festival. We met had a great time, as we always do.

In addition, we played at Red Gold Hall this year, which also hosted a delicious BBQ buffet. This means, yes, savoring the smell of BBQ all day long. It was a hard job, but we were more than happy to do it.







                                                                                                                                                       
Thank you, DA Callaway and Silver Dollar City for inviting us back this year. The Bluegrass & BBQ Festival runs through May 29th with lots of incredible musicians scheduled to play. We hope you'll make plans to visit this month. It's a great time to be in the Ozarks, especially for Bluegrass fans!

Photos by Mary Pennington

 

Bluegrass & BBQ, May 4-5 

It's that time of year, when music fans are treated to a month of Bluegrass at Silver Dollar City's annual Bluegrass & BBQ Festival in Branson, MO. Lonesome Road is looking forward to returning to join bands from across the country at this year's event.

Look for us at Red Gold Heritage Hall, Thursday and Friday, May 4-5th with shows at 2:15, 3:00, 3:45 and 4:30. Come for one show, or spend the afternoon. While you're there, pick up a copy of our brand new CD "Home", which we'll have available for the first time at this festival.

We hope to see you soon. If you're planning to stay in Branson awhile, be sure to check out all the bands scheduled at Silver Dollar City this month.


KBA Winterfest 

February 20, 2017

This past weekend, we headed to Wichita for the Kansas Bluegrass Association's annual winter festival. As always, we were greeted by the most enthusiastic audiences we could hope to meet. To celebrate the upcoming release of our new CD, "Home", we offered a preview download of one of the tracks to festival goers. We'll be sharing more about that project later this month.

On stage Saturday afternoon
 
Between shows, we led individual instrument workshops as well as a band workshop. We also had a chance to visit and pick with fellow musicians and friends like Bluegrass legend Allen Mills and mandolinist Scott Napier from Lost and Found.

Rob and Allen, talking vintage banjos
 
Ron and Scott, treating us to a mini mando concert backstage
 
Ron, David, and Scott

Shelly with Mary Bliefnik from the Hootin' Annies
 
Of course, no trip to Wichita would be complete without a lunch stop at Toot's Drive-In in Howard, KS.

You can just feel the anticipation
 
Ron and Fudge Monkey 2017...ice cream, nuts, hot fudge and lots of bananas
 
If you didn't make it to Winterfest, you're in luck. Click below for a video from our Saturday afternoon show. To see videos and pictures from all the performing bands during this year's festival, visit KBA's Facebook page.

 
 

Music in the Barn 


Thank you, Bill Johnson, and everyone at Music in the Barn in Dixon, MO for welcoming us to the stage Saturday night. We even had the opportunity to hang out with one of our favorite banjo players, Janice Martin of The Bluegrass Martins, and meet her dear friend, Country Music legend, Ms. Leona Williams.

If you haven't been to one of the concerts at this beautiful venue, home of The Baker Band, please make plans to go! 
 

Carroll County Pioneers 

October 2, 2016

It's exciting to be part of the first bluegrass event for any organization. That was the case Saturday night as we played for the 1st Annual Carroll County Pioneers Bluegrass Festival in Berryville, Arkansas.

David, Ron, and Rob singing "This is the Girl I Love"


 

We had a chance to hang out with some of our friends in the music world, visit with old friends and meet some new ones. We were happy to see such a big turnout at this event. 

 

Photo and Video: by Mary Pennington