Lonesome Road has been pleasing crowds since 1997, and the band continues today with the same four members.
Rob, David, Ron, and Shelly attribute their longevity to compatibility, both musically and personally. Of course, being not merely band mates but best friends helps their music. It was true early on when Lonesome Road won the 1999 S.P.B.G.M.A. International Band Contest in Nashville, Tennessee, and it remains true today.
• Rob Boone (banjo) is known and respected by banjo players everywhere. He has been featured in articles in Banjo Newsletter and played the Grand Ole Opry on a brief tour with Ronda Vincent.
• David Maravilla (guitar) began his pursuit of Bluegrass in the late 70s. He assisted in forming the band, Second Wind, whose personnel included Rhonda Vincent and later, Alison Krauss. Afterward, David was invited to join Alison in her band, Union Station, to enter the 1988 S.P.G.M.A. International Band Contest, which they won.
• Ron Pennington (mandolin) has a Bluegrass resume that includes tours with Larry Sparks, Paul Adkins, Bob Paisley, Lynn Morris, Gary Ferguson, and The Bluegrass Cardinals. He has performed at such notable venues as The Lone Star Café in New York City and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
• Shelly Smith (bass) began entertaining at a young age as a regular on the Denny Hilton Show near Lake of the Ozarks, in Missouri. There, she refined her skills performing as a vocalist and instrumentalist for eight years.