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Lonesome River Band Up Next on Jubilee

The 23 String Band

The next Jubilee features legendary group the Lonesome River Band serving up their patented energetic, up-tempo style of hard-driving bluegrass. The program was filmed at the 2013 Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington.

With 30-plus years in the business, Lonesome River Band is one of the most respected names in bluegrass music. Led by multiple-award winning banjo player Sammy Shelor--who was named IBMA’s Banjo Player of the Year 1995-1998 and in 2012--Lonesome River Band hit the ground running with their breakout 1991 CD, Carrying the Tradition.

In 2012, they released a widely anticipated three-volume compilation of their many hits entitled CHRONOLOGY Volumes One-Three. Their performance of “Angeline the Baker” from CHRONOLOGY Volume One was named the IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year in 2012. While Lonesome River Band has withstood numerous personnel changes over its tenure, the constant in the band’s popular sound has been Shelor’s driving banjo style. The group’s current lineup includes Shelor on banjo; Brandon Richman on guitar; Mike Hartgrove on fiddle; Barry Reed on bass; and Randy Jones on mandolin.

After airing, each Jubilee episode is available at

KET: Tuesday, August 26 at 8/7 p.m. CT

KET2: Saturday, August 30 at midnight/11 p.m. CT


See a complete listing of this week's arts programs.

Do You Know About Noh?

Noh Theater is a form of Japanese drama performed in masks and costumes and featuring voice and very slow, precise, movement. Noh Theater is noted for its restraint, subtlety, and adherence to tradition.

A new collection of education resources on PBS LearningMedia, produced by KET, features videos on Noh theater, music, and mask making; a student performance; and Noh in a classroom setting.

Arts Anniversary

On August 28, 1884, the first known photograph of a tornado was taken. The tornado touched down near Howard, South Dakota. The photographer was F.N. Robinson. Since then, tornado chasing and natural disaster photography have become full-time careers for some brave souls, including renowned photographer Jim Reed.

Find out what happened in the arts today and every day in the Arts Toolkit's This Day in the Arts calendar.

State of the Art

America's bicentennial celebration in 1976 inspired new interest in traditional arts such as quilting. But the quilt makers of the late 20th century pushed the form to new limits, exploring new techniques, materials, and approaches.

You can see a variety of their works in MasterPieces: Quilts of Inspiration. This exhibit of works by some of quilt making's most respected contemporary artists at Paducah's National Quilt Museum through September 9.

A related exhibit, Backstitch, on display through September 16, celebrates the silver anniversary of the New England Quilt Museum by exploring the changes in quilting over 25 years due to innovative tools and techniques and influential teachers.