Award winning bluegrass music group Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers had a marvelous Veteran's weekend hosting the twice annual Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, OH. Since 2003, Joe and his family, along with the staff of his radio network, and many regional and national sponsors present top Bluegrass talent at one of Ohio's most comfortable convention centers. Friday and Saturday, November 9th and 10th, the show included The Gibson Brothers, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and more. For Joe and his family, the highlight of the weekend was a successful fundraiser in memory of Prudence Mullins, Joe's Mom, who passed away just two weeks before the festival. Janet Davis Acoustic Music partnerrf with Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers for the Breast Cancer Fund benefit.
"My sincere THANKS to ALL who contributed to the festival and the fundraiser," stated Joe. "Our friends, Dave and Vicki Thompson of Janet Davis Acoustic Music, donated a Martin guitar. Raffle ticket sales were over $2000 for the guitar. Other efforts, including Isaac Moore singing for tips, allowed us to generate a $2500 donation to the Breast Cancer Fund for our local health network in memory of Mom - we are grateful!"
Vicki Thompson of Janet Davis Acoustic Music was thrilled to be part of the event stating "I never imagined that the raffle would be so successful! What an honor it was to provide the Martin guitar that raised so much money in memory of Joe's dear mother. Nearly everyone who purchased a ticket had a story to tell – some were celebrating their recovery from breast cancer; others shared the story of a loved one who did not survive the struggle.
One gentleman bought $20 in tickets because his wife was celebrating 20 cancer-free years. Another gentleman bought tickets to honor his wife who had passed away, not from cancer, but from other causes. He said that 'she was a wonderful person and would have wanted me to do something good like this'.
Other people who received treatment for various cancers at the Miami Valley Hospital wanted to buy tickets because of the wonderful care and attention they received there. Some people bought tickets because they knew Joe's mother, and they all shared stories about her, especially about how she loved to feed the hungry! So many people said they had always wanted a Martin guitar and hoped to win one – I wish they all could have won. I am so glad I had the chance to hear all of these wonderful stories, and what a pleasure it was to be associated with this memorial to Joe's mother, Prudence Mullins.
The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival is also presented each Spring. Make plans for March 15th and 16th, 2013. Visit www.somusicfest.com to purchase tickets on sale beginning December 1st.
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers will be the featured artist on WAMU's Bluegrass Country when Joe visits live with WAMU's Bob Webster for The Bob Webster Show on Wednesday, November 14th at 1:00pm EST . Joe and Bob will talk about the band's latest project on Rebel Records, They're Playing My Song, which was released in mid-October as well as the band's upcoming show with Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage this coming Saturday, November 17th in Federalsburg, Maryland. WAMU's Bluegrass Country can be heard world wide at www.bluegrasscountry.org. To order your copy of They're Playing My Song, please visit www.RadioRamblers.com.