Charlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is proud to announce the release of They're Playing My Song, another stellar project by the International Bluegrass Music Association's newly-crowned Emerging Artist of the Year, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers. The CD has been shipped to radio programmers and will hit streets today, Tuesday, October 16th.
There are almost as many ways to pay tribute to bluegrass tradition as there are bands to do it, but none honor it in more ways, with deeper knowledge of or with more passion for the legacy left by the music’s pioneers than Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers. And with this new release of They’re Playing My Song, the quintet serves up a set that shines a spotlight squarely on the many strengths that have made them one of the fastest rising and most widely acclaimed groups on the contemporary bluegrass scene.
An essential part of what makes the Radio Ramblers such powerful performers is the way that their appreciation for bluegrass history is filtered through their strong sense of home, and the rich legacy of the bluegrass community of their Ohio—Kentucky—Indiana area home base. You can hear it in their beautifully constructed—and even more beautifully rendered—tribute to Dayton’s Osborne Brothers and the tasty covers of local mandolin legend Dorsey Harvey (“Cruisin’ Timber”) and Dave Evans (“When The Snow Falls On My Foggy Mountain Home”), but it resides, too, in their recap of Jim & Jesse’s “She Left Me Standing On The Mountain”, and in their resurrection of “Lily,” a song from the Boys From The Indiana, a group which was essentially born in the radio studio of Joe’s father, the late Paul “Moon” Mullins. And, of course, there’s the closing live recording of “Katy Daley,” written by Moon and permanently planted in the music's core repertoire by one of Joe's mentors, Ralph Stanley.
With strong new originals by three of the group’s members—Mullins ("A Blue Million Tears"), guitarist Adam McIntosh ("Grandad, The Preacher") and mandolin player Mike Terry ("Our Old Kentucky Home")—They’re Playing My Song offers convincing evidence that the quintet is intent on making its own contribution to the tradition. And while Mullins’ stout tenor can surely sound as high and as lonesome as the most hidebound traditionalist could wish, the Radio Ramblers can also rely on McIntosh’s warm baritone and Terry’s vocal versatility for a multi-dimensional approach to singing that finds the perfect blend for each number—while on the instrumental side, there’s more than enough virtuosity to go around, anchored by Tim Kidd’s reliable bass and Evan McGregor’s tasteful fiddling. They're Playing Our Song is a well-thought out listening experience, no matter the mood or the weather, for any and every listener.
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers are extremely happy to announce they have recently signed with Don Light Talent for booking representation. Don Light Talent was formed in 1965 and was the first agency to book Southern Gospel groups including The Happy Goodman Family and the Oak Ridge Boys. During his 40+ years in the music business, Don Light co-founded the Gospel Music Association, has served as a past President of the Nashville chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, has managed artists such as Jimmy Buffett, Delbert McClinton, Keith Whitley, Steve Wariner and Mark Collie, and has managed bluegrass super-group Dailey & Vincent since the beginning of their career.
He currently serves on the board of the Country Music Hall of Fame as well as the International Bluegrass Music Association. "We have worked many events with Dailey and Vincent including the Ryman Auditorium's Bluegrass series," states Joe Mullins. "My friendship with their manager and agent, Don Light, goes back a few years. We are so thankful his office is prepared to assist us in reaching new audiences. We have been blessed with a couple of great years! Having the honor of receiving an IBMA award is such an encouragement and perfect timing with our new CD now releasing."
For more information on Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers including detailed information on They're Playing Our Song, upcoming appearances, and photos from the IBMA Awards where they were recently named Emerging Artist of the Year, please visit www.radioramblers.com