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Robby Boone on Banjo Trading Cards 

February 9, 2022

We are pleased to share that our fellow band member       
of 23 years, Robby Boone, was selected to be part of this banjo trading card series from Bluegrass Trading Company. 

From his start in the 1970s, Robby was clearly no ordinary player. His Crowe-style banjo combined with his own signature tone is esteemed nationwide. According to one perceptive fan, “It sounds like he’s driving every note with a sledgehammer!

Congratulations, Rob. We could not be happier for you!

Visit Bluegrass Trading Company's website to learn more about the trading card series and purchase the card featuring Robby. 


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.

Silver Dollar Youth In Bluegrass Contest 

May 29, 2021 

Tonight, Shelly will be one of three judges at the 19th Annual Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest. This Silver Dollar City tradition, which takes place each season during Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, gives talented young musicians from across the nation the chance to compete for top honors and cash prizes during one of the country's premier bluegrass event.

The contest starts at 6pm at Silver Dollar City's Echo Hollow. Get all the details here!

Personnel Change 

January 2021

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

2017 BMAI Awards 

We're pleased to announce that our 2017 CD "Home" has been nominated Album of the Year by the Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa.The BMAI awards are this Saturday, October 28th in Moravia, IA. Thank you, BMAI members, for honoring us with this nomination. 


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 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.

New CD Arriving Soon 

Just in time for our 20th anniversary, we're releasing our 5th CD, "Home". Orders will ship the week of May 1st.

For more details about this and all our recordings, visit our online store.

All the Time 

We stopped by Janet Davis Music recently on our way to the recording studio. While at the store, we played this new Irl Hees song, All the Time, for the JDM staff.  This is one of the tunes that will be on our upcoming CD project titled Home.