History

Lonesome Highway is truly one of the great bluegrass groups on the rise. Based in Romney , WV, Lonesome Highway has been performing throughout the regional area for the last 15 years. Their superb solo and harmony singing accompanied with tight instrumentals and fresh new songwriting skills will leave you with an unforgettable bluegrass experience.

Formed in 1996, Lonesome Highway released their first album in 1999 entitled “Look Back on Love” that showcases their vocal and instrumental abilities, as well as their songwriting talent. In the summer of 2004, Lonesome Highway recorded their second project, “Chalk Up Another One” that once again features their rich vocal talent and superior bluegrass drive. Bill Wagner stated in Bluegrass Unlimited, “one of the better non-label CD’s I’ve reviewed in several years”.

Lonesome Highway’s stage show consists of a pleasing blend of traditional and contemporary bluegrass songs as well as their original material. They have opened for many professional acts such as IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Kathy Mattea, Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs, The Lewis Family, Blue Highway , Marty Raybon and Mac Wiseman. They have won numerous band competitions in MD, VA and placed 5th at the SPBGMA International Band Championships in Nashville , TN in 2002 and 8th in 2008 (without their regular bass player).

Original members of the band, John Arnold (banjo) and Jimmy Kountz (mandolin) have been playing music together on and off for over 20 years. John is known for his timing, taste and drive on the banjo, while Jimmy’s vocals are some of the best in the business. Buddy Dunlap has been with the band since 2006 and is one of the youngest accomplished songwriters and guitar players on the circuit, taking 3rd place at Merlefest and 10th at Galax in guitar competitions in 2009. Mason Wright joined LH in July of 2009 and is arguably one of the finest young fiddlers in bluegrass today. Cody Brown joined the band in May 2010 as a tremendous bass player as well as bringing added stage presence and fun to this increasingly popular bluegrass band!

Their current show is high energy with a mix of moving ballads as well as some gospel and a great combination of original, traditional, and contemporary material.

Lonesome Highway has appeared at:

Amelia BGF (VA)
Leatherwoods Opry (NC)
Apple Blossom BGF (VA)
Poppy Mountain (KY)
Arcadia BGF (MD)
Purple Fiddle (WV)
Berlin Fiddlers Convention (MD)
Red Light Café (GA)
Berryville BG series (VA)
Seven Springs BGF (PA)
Bluegrass Junction (OH)
US Capitol (DC)
Cabin Fever (VA)
Watermelon Park (VA)
Hoofers barn (GA)

Numerous fairs and concert series

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