Lonesome River Band has released a music video for “Heyday,” the title track from their latest album, after a premiere by Bluegrass Today.
“Heyday,” the band’s current radio single, is a wistful reminiscence cast in the voice of a small town that’s “still sleepy but…still alive.” It features new member Adam Miller (mandolin) on lead and subtle, sympathetic solos from fiddler Mike Hartgrove and guitarist Jesse Smathers.
“When we received this song from Barry and Will Hutchens, the visual aspect of the story jumped right out at me,” says bandleader and banjoist Sammy Shelor. “When it became the title cut of our album, we started searching for the perfect town that had all the right places. Cherryville, North Carolina was that place, and we had a blast visiting with the locals and seeing their beautiful town.”
“We don’t like what has happened to our small towns,” Shelor continues, “and maybe this is our little contribution to helping the renovation, and bringing light to these forgotten places. We love Small Town America!”
“Heyday” follows the band’s single “Mary Ann is a Pistol,” which topped the Bluegrass Today charts and set the tone for the album as a set of songs that serves both to introduce new members and to extend the group’s influential legacy even further.