Lexington, KY -- One of the most respected names in bluegrass music plays Lebanon, Kentucky during a festival of bluegrass music. Award-winning Lonesome River Band headlines the January 24-25, 2014, event – a weekend that also brings new group Flatt Lonesome and The Moron Brothers (“purveyors of fine bluegrass”), to the small town located in central Kentucky. They will perform along with other bluegrass music entertainers during the annual Bluegrass in the Bluegrass Festival that also includes a celebration of another Kentucky tradition, quilting. See the schedule by clicking here.
All bluegrass all the time. There’s not much that’s more “bluegrass” than bluegrass music and Kentucky heritage quilts, especially in the state that gave birth to the bluegrass music genre and preserves its history through both its music and quilting traditions. Hear some of the most well-known names in bluegrass during the Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff. See beautiful and intricate examples of Kentucky quilting traditions at theHeart of Kentucky Quilt Show. Bluegrass in the Bluegrass Festival in Lebanon, Kentucky. Visit on line to get your Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff Tickets.
Lebanon has plenty of reasons for you to extend your stay beyond Bluegrass in the Bluegrass. Tour Maker’s Mark Distillery ($7/person), the only operating distillery in America to be designated a National Historic Landmark. Sample moonshine with the master distiller at Limestone Branch Distillery where much of the new season of Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners” was filmed. Watch handmade barrels get fired to precision at the Kentucky Cooperage. Visit WhiteMoon Winery to sample seven wines ranging from dry to sweet.
Lonesome River Band just celebrated their 30th Anniversary with three 2012 album releases - CHRONOLOGY Volumes One – Three as they continue their reputation as one of the most respected names in bluegrass music. Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and multi-award winning banjo picker, Sammy Shelor (banjo and harmony vocals) has put together a wealth of talent that includes: Brandon Rickman (lead & harmony vocals and guitar); Mike Hartgrove (fiddle); Barry Reed (bass, harmony vocals); and Randy Jones (lead & harmony vocals, mandolin) all performing the distinctive LRB sound fans love.
Lonesome River Band’s long career is obviously filled with a multitude of Awards and Recognitions including their 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award for Instrumental Recorded Event of the Year for their song “Angeline the Baker” from their CHRONOLOGY Volume One album on Rural Rhythm Records. Sammy Shelor received his fifth win as the 2012 IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year. The group has also received numerous other awards from IBMA including Album of the Year, along with numerous SPBGMA awards including being named Bluegrass Band of Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year and Shelor as Banjo Player of the Year.
Other attractions: Loretto Motherhouse with art studio and newly opened Heritage Center comprising a Slave Memorial and an AIDS Garden; Holy Cross Church, the first Catholic Church west of the Allegheny Mountains; Civil War-related sites, including the Civil War Trail, Lebanon National Cemetery and Historic Homes Tour. Visit Lebanon’s What To Do (http://www.visitlebanonky.com/what-to-do/) page for ideas to round out your Bluegrass in the Bluegrass Festival weekend getaway.