Wednesday, March 3, 2010
– Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, led by the founder of Traditional Grass two decades ago, is back with a new album on Rebel Records, the label announced today.
The band's first project for the label, "Rambler's Call," will be out March 30 with a mix of old and new songs done in traditional bluegrass style.
A native of southwestern Ohio and son of bluegrass DJ, fiddler and pioneer Paul "Moon" Mullins, Mullins founded Traditional Grass, a band which recorded four albums for the label in the early 1990s. His new group has been together since 2006 with Adam McIntosh on guitar and vocals, Evan McGregor on fiddle, Mike Terry on mandolin and vocals and Tim Kidd on bass.
"We are right at home with Rebel," Mullins said. "My friendship and association with this label and most of the artists on its roster goes back two decades."
Mullins took leave from full time traveling in 1995 when he purchased WBZI Radio in Xenia, Ohio and has since built up a small network of radio stations in the central Ohio area. He hosts a daily two-hour program of bluegrass and gospel music each weekday afternoon and recently received nominations for Broadcaster of the Year, Promoter of the Year and Radio Station of the Year at the 2010 SPBGMA Music Awards. Mullins has recorded and performed with the super group Longview and has won awards for his banjo work on Rebel's Knee Deep In Bluegrass collection and as part of Ricky Skaggs' Celebration Of Life project which won IBMA's award for Album of the Year in 2006.
Mullins & The Radio Ramblers are already at work on their next Rebel recording, a bluegrass gospel album that Mullins has wanted to do for a long time. "The CD will include both classic and original gospel songs and will feature several special guests -many of them my heroes - like Doyle Lawson, Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent, Larry Sparks and Paul Williams." Tentatively titled "Hymns From The Hills," the project is projected for a late fall release.