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Lonesome River Band lead vocalist Brandon Rickman flies solo on fall tour of Southeast

November 14th, 2011 9:29 pm by staff report

For the better part of the last decade, Brandon Rickman has been the voice of bluegrass stalwart the Lonesome River Band.


This weekend, though, it’ll be just Rickman and his guitar as he hits the road on a whirlwind three-day solo tour of the Southeast. After a gig at the Red Light Café in Atlanta, Ga., Thursday night, Rickman will head to downtown Kingsport on Friday for an 8 p.m. show at The Bus Pit. He’ll wrap up his fall tour Saturday evening at The White Horse Black Mountain near Asheville, N.C.


A native of the farming community of Purdy, Mo., Rickman grew up playing guitar, picking up the upright bass just hours before his first show as a member of the bluegrass gospel group New Tradition.


Prior to joining the Lonesome River Band, he spent 2001 playing with award-winning bluegrass singer and songwriter Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time. Rickman’s distinctive singing and sturdy songwriting graced two Lonesome River Band releases (“Window Of Time” and “Head On Into Heartache”) before he left to pursue songwriting full time in the fall of 2005.


The lure of the road proved too strong, however, and Rickman returned to the Lonesome River Band as its guitarist and lead singer. He still finds time, however, for the occasional solo tour and side project.


In 2009, Rural Rhythm Records released Rickman’s solo album, “Young Man, Old Soul,” which appeared in WNCW Radio’s Top 50 CDs of the Year in 2010 and received numerous other honors. Two singles, “Always Have Always Will” and “I Bought Her a Dog” appeared on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Song chart, and the track “Wearin’ Her Knees Out Over Me” won the Strictly Country Magazine’s Song of the Year in 2010.


The songs Rickman performs in his solo shows draw heavily from his original material.


“I look forward to taking my solo show to many listening rooms and venues around the country,” he said. “It will be different from the shows I currently do with the Lonesome River Band as for the most part it will just be me and a guitar.


“I’m excited about the upcoming solo tour and visiting East Tennessee and the Asheville area. I’m also looking forward to the work I’ll be doing with the Lonesome River Band in 2012. 2012 is going to be a great year.”


Rickman will be back in Northeast Tennessee early next year for a performance Feb. 25 at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center as part of the Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series. He’ll share the stage with JD Crowe and The New South and the Cane Creek Band.


For more information about Friday’s show at the Bus Pit, call (423) 239-7225. To find out more about Rickman, visit his website at www.brandonrickman.com.

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