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May 23, 2024 - 5:31:45 AM
4229 posts since 7/12/2006

Randy Driskill was one of Lonesome River Band's earliest banjo players, maybe even the first. Does anyone have any info on him? Is he still playing or even with us? Used to see him at Amelia bluegrass festival many years ago. He also played in a band called Phoenix. A killer on the banjo. Had as good a driving bounce as i ever heard
youtu.be/mcrlucmSwA8?si=85QsrLv5PR3to2lh
Heres a song LRB did with Randy. Hes the one in the red jacket.

Edited by - stanleytone on 05/23/2024 05:33:48

May 23, 2024 - 8:05:39 AM
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2944 posts since 9/18/2010

Mike Jones was the first banjo player with the LRB.
Randy is a friend of mine, but the truth is I haven't had any contact with him for a few years. I assume he is still playing locally around Virginia.

May 24, 2024 - 5:04:05 AM
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3568 posts since 4/27/2004

Billy Wheeler was the first banjoist to record with LRB. As far as Randy, he was on the first Rebel recording the LRB did. My faded memory seems to say that I ran across him a year or two ago at some festival in Virginia, so I believe he still picks locally.

May 25, 2024 - 5:13:47 AM
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GStump

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573 posts since 9/12/2006

I know both Billy Wheeler and Randy Driskill and I believe Randy is still with us but I never see him anywhere anymore. Billy Wheeler was (to my knowledge) the first "recorded" banjo player with LRB, and Mike Jones, I believe, was in fact the first banjo player with the group. I think that would have been back in the mid 80's (maybe late 80's). Of course that band has gone thru many personnel changes thru the years.

Jun 3, 2024 - 10:20:52 AM

29 posts since 2/15/2007

Regarding lineage of Lonesome River Band: Randy Driskill did follow Billy Wheeler. Allen Watkins was immediately before Billy. I believe Mike Jones was before Allen and I think Rick Williams may have been even earlier? I hope someone takes the time to document LRB's changes, by instrument. Certainly the band has made an indelible mark in the genre and all members should be recognized. Kudos to Tim Austin and Sammy Shelor.

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