Lonesome Road has been pleasing crowds since 1997 and the band continues today with the same four members.  Rob, David, Ron, and Shelly attribute their longevity to compatibility, both musically and personally. Of course, being not merely band mates but best friends helps their music. It was true early on when Lonesome Road won the 1999 S.P.B.G.M.A. International Band Contest in Nashville, Tennessee, and it remains true today.

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It's All Good at Starvy Creek 

July 4, 2016

Trust us, it is...from the stage show, to the food, to the company. It's why bluegrass fans look forward to July 4th weekend to attend this festival the Day family began 31 years ago.

Though it rained off and on, the shows went on with bands like Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition, The Bluegrass Martins, The Baker Family, Bull Harman & Bull's Eye and, of course, LR.

Back at the merchandise table, we had a chance to sit, pick a little, visit with old friends, and meet new ones.

Gaylon Harper (left), Robby Boone (middle), and Don Day (right), Starvy Creek's founder, who began the Starvy Creek festivals on this property in 1985.

Rebecca Skinner and her dad, Gene, treated Shelly's son, Ison, to ice cream. Radio listeners in the Ozarks
know Gene from his weekly bluegrass show, Great Stuff Bluegrass.


Ison was so inspired by our awesome signage on the record table that he drew us another one.

It's always over too soon, but we're grateful to have been part of Starvy Creek this year.
We would like to thank everyone who stopped by our table to visit or who came out to watch our shows.
After nearly 20 years of performing here, we still can't wait to return.

Photos by: Shelly Smith & Rebecca Skinner

Sliced Bread with Jam 

June 19, 2016

This weekend, we traveled to Chillicothe, Missouri, "the home of sliced bread" for the Chillicothe Area Arts Council's annual Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival. We joined bands like IIIrd Thyme Out, The Petersens, and Rural Roots for a weekend of stage shows, workshops, and jamming.

Our Saturday afternoon show at The 2016 Sliced Bread Jam

Check back for our next post from the 2016 Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival, July 1-2nd in Conway Missouri. If you're in the area, come see us!

Video credit: Gene and Viva Reasoner

Double Duty 

June 13, 2016

Saturday was a busy day for LR. In the afternoon, we joined other Ozarks-area bands at the Pickin' in the Park festival in Walnut Grove, MO. The proceeds from this annual show benefit needy children in the Ozarks.


Then Saturday evening, we traveled the short distance to Billings, MO for a concert at Mooneyham Junction.

In the 1960's, the Mooneyham family began hosting weekend music shows on their family farm near Republic, MO. For years, Springfield area bluegrass and country musicians performed here to packed houses in the quonset-style barn. In 2012, Sybil Mooneyham Ryan and her husband, Mark, revived the Mooneyham tradition, after a nearly 50-year hiatus, by hosting concerts in the old barn where Sybil's parents welcomed visitors 50 years earlier.

Sybil and Mark invite you to join them on the 2nd Saturday of every month, April through October, for food, music and old-fashioned, summer fun.                  

Noin us next weekend, as we travel to Chillicothe, Missouri for The Sliced Bread Jam. We'll see you then!


Photos by Mary Pennington                                                                                                                        

Bluegrass & BBQ in The City 

May 8, 2016

We spent this past weekend at one of our favorite events, Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass and BBQ Festival. For two days, we played for enthusiastic audiences and enjoyed perfect weather.

LR at Silver Dollar City's Gazebo stage

This festival, typically held in May each year, features a host of national and regional bands and draws fans from all over the country. If you have never experienced Bluegrass & BBQ at Silver Dollar City, you really should add it to your festival wish list!

Photo by Mary Pennington