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Convoy of Hope Bluegrass Benefit - A Springfield Tradition! 

Lonesome Road was there for the first Bluegrass Benefit for Convoy of Hope over a decade ago and we have performed every year since then. This year's show is no different. Make plans to be there Friday and Saturday, March 1st and 2nd at the Sac River Cowboy  Church Event Center in Springfield MO. Enjoy alll your regional favorite bands for just one low price. You can catch our show at 4:00 on Saturday. 

Meet us at this weekend's Bluegrass Benefit for Convoy of Hope and support one of Springfield's hardest working charities!

Welcome Back 

March 7, 2022

We announced Friday night at the Convoy of Hope benefit that, after some time away from bluegrass, Robby Boone is back playing banjo with Lonesome Road. It certainly felt like a homecoming being on stage together again.

We are looking forward to trying new material and working on unfinished projects. We will share more information as those plans come together. 

Cabin Fever Variety Show - Sat Feb 5 

Lonesome Road is honored to have legendary banjo player Alan Munde joining us on stage at the Cabin Fever Variety Show Fundraiser Saturday night, Feb 5th, in Reeds Spring, MO. 

Alan is a 2022 inductee into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. From his early days playing banjo with bluegrass pioneer Jimmy Martin to his twenty-one years as an instructor in the Commercial Music Department at South Plains College in Levelland TX, Alan has combined a successful touring and recording career with an equally memorable one as an educator. To learn more about Alan's music, as well as his banjo workshops and instructional materials, go to

The show will also feature our friends Emalee Flatness, D.A. Callaway, and Missouri 65. Music starts at 7pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. All proceeds benefit the Society of Ozarkian Hillcrofters, a non-profit dedicated to preserving Ozark culture and tradition. For more information, visit

For more information, contact Larry Sifford: 417-335-0096 or Curtis Copeland 417-339-6881.

Spring Shows 

We are looking forward to 2020, our 23rd year as a band. Last weekend, we played an annual event featuring over a dozen bands to benefit a locally based nonprofit, Convoy of Hope. Since its beginning, this faith-based organization has assisted people worldwide during times of crisis. The 2-day show helped raise $13,500 to help fund both domestic and international projects.

Here's one our favorites from our spring shows, Little Bessie:

To see all of our upcoming shows this year, go to the appearances page.

For our friends in the NE Oklahoma area, we'll be in your neighborhood this weekend, Saturday March 11th at 7pm at the River Ridge Bluegrass Association. Come see us! Check out their FB page for more information about the show. 

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 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


Starvy Creek 2016 

July 4, 2016

From the music to the food to the company, bluegrass fans look forward to Starvy Creek's annual 4th of July festival.

The rain didn't dampen spirits and the shows went on as planned. Fans were treated to bands like Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition, The Bluegrass Martins, and more.

Sunny weather for our Saturday afternoon set

Back at the merchandise table, we had a chance to sit, play music,
visit with old friends, and meet new one


Gaylon Harper, Rob Boone standing beside Don Day.
Don started the Starvy Creek festivals on his farm near Conway, MO 31 years ago.


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

Thank you to everyone who came out to see us and stopped by the merchandise table. After nearly 20 years of performing at Starvy Creek, 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 the home of sliced bread, Chillicothe, Missouri, for the Chillicothe Area Arts Council's annual Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival. We joined IIIrd Thyme Out, The Petersens, and Rural Roots for a weekend of stage shows, workshops, and jamming.

On stage Saturday afternoon

Check back next weekend for our post on the Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival in Conway Missouri. If you're in the area, come see us!

Video credit: Gene and Viva Reasoner

Double Duty 

June 13, 2016

Beautiful weather for this year's festival
Saturday was a busy day for LR. In the afternoon, we played 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.

On stage in the Mooneyham's barn, where bands have performed for over 50 years

The Mooneyhams first hosted music shows on their family farm near Billings, MO in the early 60's. For years afterward, bluegrass and country bands performed to packed houses in the barn behind family's home. After a nearly 50 year hiatus, in 2012, Sybil Mooneyham Ryan and her husband, Mark, revived the family tradition by once again inviting the public to enjoy live music in the Mooneyham barn.

Ron, always smiling

We hope you will make plans to join Mark and Sybil Ryan on the 2nd Saturday of every month, April through October, for food, music and old-fashioned, summer fun at Mooneyham Junction.

Next week, we travel to Chillicothe, Missouri for The Sliced Bread Jam.


Photos by Mary Pennington                                                                                                                        

Bluegrass & BBQ in The City 

May 8, 2016

We spent the weekend at one of our favorite events, Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass and BBQ Festival. We played at the gazebo stage this year, near the park's entrance.

Enjoying perfect weather for our Saturday morning set

This festival, typically held in May each year, features 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

Good Music for a Great Cause 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Babies were the focus at the annual Republic Pregnancy Resource Center's Bluegrass & BBQ fundraiser in Republic, MO. We always enjoy playing for this event and seeing all the money raised to support the important work of the pregnancy center.

Bands provided music as attendees big on silent auction items

Photo by Harry Moore

Welcome to the Dockside  

May 18, 2015

We returned to Silver Dollar City last week for their annual Bluegrass & BBQ Festival. We spent two days surrounded by bluegrass, great food, and nice people at one of our favorite venues.

The Dockside!
(photo by Dan O'Day)


Warming up backstage before the afternoon shows

Tuned up and ready for our next set

We always look forward to spending time at Silver Dollar City. Remember, we'll be back later this summer for the annual Southern Gospel Picnic (August 27-September 7). You can catch our shows Monday, August 31st at the Boatworks Theater. We hope to see you then!


Mooneyham Junction 

May 9, 2015

This weekend, we performed at historic Mooneyham Junction in Billings, Missouri. The Mooneyham family began hosting bluegrass and country music shows in this Quonset-style barn in 1962. Musicians from all over the Ozarks performed here for enthusiastic audiences. 

Today, their daughter Sybil Mooneyham Ryan continues the tradition of live music monthly from April through October. For more information about Mooneyham Junction and pictures from the early shows, visit their website.

David, Ron and Shelly singing three-part harmony
Ron Pennington

Rob Boone




Jamming in Bentonville 

September 6-7, 2014 -  We had a good time in Arkansas this weekend. Friday night we performed at the Slaughter Pen Jam Music Festival on the square in downtown Bentonville.  Then Saturday afternoon we played at Slaughter Pen Hollow Park for the mountain bike festival.


Bluegrass & BBQ for Babies 

August 22, 2014 - Lonesome Road was one of three bands performing at this charity event.  In addition to a night of music, attendees also enjoyed a BBQ dinner sponsored by The Double E Ranch BBQ, shopping at vendor tables, numerous door prizes and a silent auction.  All proceeds went to support the generous work of the Republic Pregnancy Resource Center in Republic, MO.