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Lonesome River Band plays Blue Ridge Music Center August 27

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Lonesome River BandGalax, VA -- Renowned, award-winning bluegrass group, Lonesome River Band, takes the stage on Saturday, August 27, at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Carson Peters & Iron Mountain will kick off the evening of fine bluegrass at 7 p.m.

Lonesome River Band’s landmark album, Carrying the Tradition, ushered in a new era for bluegrass by acknowledging tradition while introducing new elements that expanded the genre. After 34 years, 17 albums, and numerous accolades, the band is nominated for multiple 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association awards including song of the year for “Thunder & Lightning,” gospel recorded performance of the year for “Rocking of The Cradle,” and album of the year for Bridging The Tradition. Band leader Sammy Shelor, past recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass, is also nominated for Banjo Performer of the Year. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and newest member Jesse Smathers (mandolin), and the impressive talents of MikeHartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together to perform the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

Twelve-year-old fiddler Carson Peters leads the bluegrass group Iron Mountain, which includes his father, Jamie, Austin Tate, and father-son team Eric and Ben Marshall, all prolific musicians who collaborate in multiple groups. Carson began playing fiddle at 3 years old, and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry with Ricky Skaggs. The show is sponsored by Virginia is for Lovers.

During the concert, The Galax Smokehouse will be on site serving its signature barbecue, down-home sides, drinks, and desserts.

Catch both Lonesome River Band and Carson Peters & Iron Mountain Saturday, August 27 at 7 p.m. and the Blue Ridge Music Center, 700 Foothills Road, Galax, Virginia 24333, or Milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Tickets are just $20 and available at or (866) 308-2773, ext. 245. Season passes are also available online or by phone.

The Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 near Galax, Virginia, celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center used to highlight an important strand of American musical culture, which still thrives in the region. Midday Mountain Music performances are offered free from noon to 4 p.m. daily. During the summer, its beautiful outdoor amphitheater at the foot of Fisher Peak comes alive through a vibrant and diverse concert series. Many of these concerts include activities for the whole family such as flatfoot dance lessons. The Music Center also offers scenic trails for the novice and seasoned hiker, educational programs, and the interactive Roots of American Music Museum. The visitor center and museum are open May through October and admission is free. The site is operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. For more information, visit

Since 2013, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has funded the concert programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center in keeping with the nonprofit’s mission to ensure cultural and historical preservation, along with natural resource protection, educational outreach, and visitor enjoyment now and for future generations. For more information, visit

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