Lonesome Ride Bluegrass
About Us
                         The New Lonesome Ride Bluegrass Band at the HCPD Eat, Sing and
                                                                       History Festival
Tom Smith Banjo, Shawn Smith Vocals, Ryan Oldaker Guitar, and Anissa Oldaker Bass
                                         At home practicing, Shawn, Tom, Anissa, and Ryan
                                                        Just Another Picture
Bookings: The Hillbilly Rendevous, Jane Lew Festival, The Jubilee, The Johnstown Fair and numerous private presentations  

The Original Lonesome Ride Bluegrass Band
Mike, Zeb, Shawn, & Tom
Bluegrass Civil War Music at its Best

The Smiths                                                             Lonesome Ride

Gary and Wilma Smith                                     Gary at the Wall

Gary and Wilma Smith are avid Civil War enthusiasts and reenactors, having spent years studying and researching various aspects of the War Between the States.  They have visited numerous Civil War battlefields and museums, and have researched the archives at Richmond, VA, Washington, DC, and Carlisle PA.  Their main focus of study was that of the ordinary Civil War soldier, an interest that was sparked by Gary's great grandfather, Griffith Creasy's experiences with Co. G of the 28th Virginia Infantry.  A book, Three Rebel Brothers from Old Virginia, resulted from this research.

     Another result of this avid interest was the authorship of several Civil War songs and the production of a Bluegrass CD, �Crossing the Wall,� which includes ten of these songs as well as two traditional Civil War era songs and one instrumental written by Tom Smith.
                 Hear that banjo ring!   G. Thomas Smith
                           If you like banjo music, you'll love Tom's pickin style on these songs.

     Without accompanying music, notes and a "tune", a song is little more than mere words, so we called upon son Tom Smith, a master bluegrass five-string banjoist, with twenty years of musical experience, to refine the tunes and develop musical arrangements for the songs.  He reached out to his good friend, Mike Davisson, who is also a master bluegrass musician with great talent on the guitar, mandolin, and fiddle.  They engaged Mike's son, nine year old Zeb, to play stand-up bass on some of the songs.  

                          Mike and Zeb Davisson

The lead vocalist is Shawn Smith, another son, whose clear distinct voice shares the feelings and emotions of the songs with such passion that the listener is drawn into the scenes, emotions and stories portrayed by the lyrics of these songs�. WARNING: Grown men have been known to tear up when listening to these songs�.  
         Christopher Shawn Smith     

After much dedicated work and practice, the band, Lonesome Ride, was formed. Local performances were so successful that the recording and production of the CD �Crossing the Wall� was encouraged.  The boys did allow Mom and Dad to perform two of the songs and Tom teamed with Dad to perform the vocals on one of them.  By the way, to keep everything in the family, Wilma and Gary adopted Mike and Zeb, figuratively speaking of course.

We have tried to bridge the gap between the old and new, then and now, by telling of the hardships, sentiments, and valor of the Civil War soldier but by setting the lyrics to bluegrass music, producing a unique sound that is peppy and highly enjoyable for the listener.

We hope you enjoy our endeavor as much as we enjoyed making it for you.

We thank the Good Lord for making this music possible.

Wilma, Gary, Tom, and Shawn Smith

Ten Civil War Songs

Two Civil War era Songs    One instrumental

Set to Bluegrass music CD

        Crossing the Wall

               Bluegrass Civil War Songs
                           Lonesome Ride
I'm Going Home Tonight              Traveller
Northern Prison Blues                    Reverend Peter Tinsley
Brotherly Love                                 Hardtack and Salt Pork
A Soldier's Last Letter Home       Blue Eyed Boston Boy
Shiloh's Hill                                       Crossing the Wall
Battlefield Blues                             Pickett's Charge
A Mother's Prayer                          Appomattox
                                              Cp 2002

Written and performed by Civil War Re-enactors

Shawn Smith, Tom Smith,
Gary G. Smith, Wilma M. Smith, Mike and Zeb Davisson

Lonesome Ride
5031 Hackers Creek Rd.
Weston, WV 26452             To Email click on the following link