Based in Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas, Lonesome Road has performed regionally for 23 years. 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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For the first time in over twenty years the membership of Lonesome Road has changed. Regretfully, Rob is no longer with us. He mentioned “retiring” from the banjo for many reasons in recent years and late last year he told us, “At the end of the year 2020 I am done.” He made the decision to quit playing in bands after fulfilling his 2020 commitments. Earlier this summer when we saw that nearly everything on our schedule had been cancelled due to the virus, we asked Rob if he would prefer to end his time with us then. He gratefully accepted.
The three of us who remain will continue playing together. For now, we will be the core of Lonesome Road and employ other musicians as needed. While there is obviously no exact replacement for Rob, we are excited about what changes the future may bring and we hope that you will join us as Lonesome Road begins a new chapter.
David, Ron, and Shelly