Harvester Outdoors presents The Coves Music Series with Lonesome River Band w/ Junior Sisk Band

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Harvester Outdoors presents The Coves Music Series with Lonesome River Band w/ Junior Sisk Band
Saturday, October 17, 2020 2:30 PM
Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, VA
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  • Ticket Price: $27.00 - $57.00
  • Door Time: 1:00 PM
  • Show Type: Bluegrass
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Harvester Outdoors presents The Coves Music Series with Lonesome River Band & Junior Sisk Band - October 17
General Admission - $27 (plus fees) - $32 Day of Show (plus fees)
Gold Section - $57 (plus fees) - $62 Day of Show (plus fees)
Gates: 1PM
Junior Sisk -  230-4PM
Lonesome River Band - 430-6PM
Chairs, blankets are allowed. masks are required. We will check your temperature at the gate. You may remove your mask once you are in your seats. Please put your mask back on if you are moving around.)  food trucks etc on site.  Free parking.


From U.S. 220, turn on VA 40 and proceed 12 miles. 
Turn LEFT at Kemp Ford Road (0.6 Miles). 
Turn LEFT onto Standiford Road (1.8 Miles).
Turn RIGHT onto Rock Cliff Road/VA 938 (0.5 Miles).
Turn slight LEFT onto Ivy Lane, and The Coves will be on your right.
301 Ivy Lane, Union Hall, VA 24176

Lonesome River Band

Since its formation 37 years ago, the award-winning Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music.  Whether performing on the famous stage of the Grand Ole Opry or headlining major concert events & festivals, their loyal fans continue to support one of the most loved and most influential acts of our time.

Lonesome River Band’s vocal and instrumental talents seamlessly come together as they perform their trademark sound that fans continue to embrace. The outstanding lead vocals and harmony by acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandon Rickman (guitar) and the 2017 IBMA Momentum Award Vocalist of the Year Jesse Smathers (mandolin) are pure magic and put over the top by the exceptional instrumentals of fiddle extraordinaire Mike Hartgrove, top-tier bassist Barry Reed; and five-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year and Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer Sammy Shelor.

The stellar harmony of Rickman and Smathers vocals is certainly highlighted in the group’s recent albums.  In 2018, Lonesome River Band received an IBMA Album of the Year nomination for their self-produced Mayhayley’s House on the Mountain Home Music Company label. They dedicated the album to Mayhayley Lancaster, a self-proclaimed “Oracle of the Ages” who handed out “readings” and personal predictions at her home in southwest Georgia’s Heard County. The bluegrass tinkers of tradition also dedicated the album to its fans; and, to people who understand that traditions once lost are rarely recovered. The musicianship, song selection and vocals are stellar.

In 2017, Lonesome River Band performed at Jim McBride’s induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame along with Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, Earl Thomas Conley, James LeBlanc, Lee Ann Womack, Dustin Lynch, the Bundys, Craig Campbell, Hillary Lindsey, Clint Lagerberg and Steven Lee Olsen.

This award-winning band again built on their familiar sound while adding bold progressiveness to their March 19, 2016 Mountain Home Music Company album, Bridging the Tradition that made its debut at #2 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart.  The album received a 2016 IBMA Award Nomination for Album of the Year along with “Thunder & Lightning” for Song of the Year, “Rockin’ of the Cradle” for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year, and Sammy Shelor for Banjo Performer of the Year.  Lonesome River Band continues to evolve in the ever-changing landscape of Bluegrass and Acoustic Country music. With this album, the band once again delivered incredible, ground-breaking music that is rooted in the tradition it began decades ago.

Also in 2016, band members Sammy Shelor and Mike Hartgrove performed with actor Martin Short when Steve Martin was honored with the 43rd American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film. The award was presented to Steve Martin during the gala tribute in Los Angeles, Calif. and aired on TBS. The star-studded event included: Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Conan O’Brien, Dan Aykroyd, Jack Black, Kevin Nealon, Steve Carell, and many more.

Lonesome River Band’s long career is obviously filled with numerous awards and recognitions including their 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award for Instrumental Recorded Event of the Year for their song “Angeline the Baker” from their Chronology Volume One album. Sammy Shelor received his fifth win as the IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year in 2012. The group has also received other awards from IBMA including Album of the Year, along with many  from SPBGMA including Bluegrass Band of Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year and Shelor as a 3-time SPBGMA Banjo Player of the Year award winner.

In 2011, Sammy Shelor received the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Lonesome River Band with special guest Steve Martin performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and the guys also got to sit down with the late-night host where Martin presented the award check to Shelor in a humorous exchange!

Lonesome River Band has been one of the most popular and influential acts in bluegrass music since the release of their breakout album, Carrying The Tradition, back in 1991. As always, with Lonesome River Band, you can be assured their prominence as one of the most influential acts in bluegrass music is here to stay.

Junior Sisk Band

Junior Sisk is widely recognized as one of today's top bluegrass vocalists, and a constant reminder that traditional bluegrass is still alive and well. A longtime resident of the Virginia Blue Ridge, his bluegrass pedigree runs deep. Influenced by a father who wrote songs and played guitar and a mother who sang, Sisk first learned to play around age 14. His early influences included The Stanley Brothers, Larry Sparks, and Dave Evans, but he often credits the Johnson Mountain Boys with inspiring him to pursue bluegrass professionally. 

Sisk first made his mark in bluegrass as a songwriter in the early 1990s, penning classic Lonesome River Band songs like "Game (I Can't Win)" and "Tears Are Blinding Me." As a member of Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz and Blueridge, he helped define the sound of driving, modern traditional bluegrass. In 1998, Sisk founded the Ramblers Choice band, and released "Sounds of the Mountains" on Rounder Records. After leaving Blueridge in 2006, he reformed Ramblers Choice and began a successful career on Rebel Records. 

His 2011 album Heart of a Song helped bring the band into the spotlight and earned the prestigious IBMA Album of the Year Award in 2012. Its single "A Far Cry from Lester and Earl," which Sisk co-wrote, became a rallying cry for a resurgence of traditional sounds in bluegrass and additionally, received the 2012 Song of the Year Award from the IBMA. Sisk was further honored when he was named 2013 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, and his band earned the 2014 SPBGMA Bluegrass Band of the Year award. In 2016, "Longneck Blues," a collaboration with noted singer-songwriter Ronnie Bowman, was named Recorded Event of the Year by the IBMA. Most recently, Sisk received the 2017 Male Vocalist of the Year award from SPBGMA. 

In 2015, Sisk signed with Mountain Fever Records and has been happily turning out hit after hit for them ever since. His most recent album, LOAD THE WAGON currently tops the National Survey Chart with Bluegrass Unlimited as well as ranking in the top 5 on Bluegrass Today and the Roots Music Chart with various single multiple times. 


The Harvester will have chairs but if you choice to bring your own lawn chairs that is acceptable. Just be careful not to bring any item that may obstruct the view of the stage for other patrons. Umbrellas, pop tents and other large items will not be permitted.

· UPON ARRIVAL AT THE OUTDOOR SITE Social distancing will be in effect in the line- Please be patient as we get everyone in in a timely manner- Please check your tickets for Door Times

· Where do I Check in at The Coves Front entrance.

· Will I have to have my temperature taken? Yes everyone will have their temperature taken to gain entrance. We are following guidelines to keep and wear a mask - obviously when enjoying a beverage or something to eat removing the mask is acceptable. Please wear your mask during the show.

· We ask that the patrons also respect one another and use these so all can stay healthy. Please bring and wear your mask when close to others.

· Hand sanitizer stations Where will they be located- several areas/at check in-- Hand sanitizer

· Can I go outside/our other area for a smoke- is there a smoking section- smoking area will be well marked outside of the viewing area

· Bathroom how they are monitored at any one time--There will be flushable bathrooms with sinks - soap - water. There will also be portable toilets with hand sanitizers - and hand washing stations with soap and water - towels etc. One at a time in any of the bathrooms or portable toilets.

· Will you be restricting the entrance and exit-- Outdoor shows will follow the Harvester rules about leaving. No re-entry unless it's cleared with the staff security. Refund policy is not changing. If a show is cancelled or postponed refunds are available.

· Animals: Dogs/animals are not allowed at events.

· Will there be security check points -Yes when you arrive security will wand every person- security policies will be extended to all outdoor shows.

· The Harvester Performance Center will use disinfection spray no matter capacity on all indoor shows/events.

· We ask that the patrons also respect one another and use these so all can stay healthy. Please bring and wear your mask when close to others.