Lonesome Road plays traditional bluegrass as well as songs from other genres. Their acoustic music feature banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass. Its members, Rob Boone, David Maravilla, Ron Pennington, and Shelly Smith are seasoned performers, both vocally and instrumentally. They have experience entertaining audiences at festivals, concerts, and private events for the past 21 years.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
Lonesome Road's show features strong vocals and harmony, plus instrumental virtuosity on banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass. Though the emphasis is on traditional bluegrass, with its fast-paced, banjo-driven tunes, we also play acoustic versions of songs from other genres such as classic rock, country, and gospel. Sets range from 30 to 90 minutes.
Lonesome Road, based in Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas, has performed for 21 years. Ron, David, Rob 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.
Rob Boone is known and respected by banjo players everywhere. He has been featured in articles in Banjo Newsletter and played the Grand Ole Opry on a brief tour with Rhonda Vincent. One indication of his talent is that when J. D. Crowe retired in 2012, he suggested to his band that they hire Rob. Indeed, as their top prospect Rob received the job offer.
David Maravilla began his pursuit of bluegrass in the late 70s. He assisted in forming the band, Second Wind, whose personnel included Rhonda Vincent and later, Alison Krauss. Afterward, David was invited to join Alison in her band, Union Station, to enter the 1988 S.P.B.G.M.A. International Band Contest, which they won.
Ron Pennington has a bluegrass resume that includes tours with Larry Sparks, Paul Adkins, Bob Paisley, Lynn Morris, Gary Ferguson, and The Bluegrass Cardinals. He has performed at such notable venues as The Lone Star Café in New York City and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Ron remains high on the lists of many national acts as the one to call when needing a fill-in musician.
Shelly Smith began entertaining professionally at a young age as a member of a country music show at Lake of the Ozarks, in Missouri. There, she refined her skills performing as a vocalist and instrumentalist for eight years. Shelly’s forceful yet pleasant voice is the focal point of Lonesome Road’s performances.
Past Booked Events
|May 25, 2018–May 26, 2018 • 2:20pm - 5:05pm||Back Forty Festival - Curryville, MO|
|May 15, 2018–May 16, 2018 • 11:15am - 5:00pm||Bluegrass & BBQ Festival at Silver Dollar City|
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