Xenia, OH -- Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers are welcoming a new year with open arms as they celebrate the success of their most recent Rebel Records CD, They're Playing My Song. Released October 2012, the project debuted this month on Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 15 Albums chart at #13. The CD's first single, "Bottom Of A Mountain" has been very well received by radio programmers and is #1 on the current Bluegrass Today Monthly Airplay chart. The song also moves up 6 spots to #24 on Bluegrass Unlimited's National bluegrass Survey Top 30 Songs chart. In addition to receiving a glowing review in the January issue of Bluegrass Unlimited, They're Playing My Song has also made its way onto several "Best of 2012" lists including Top KBCS Releases of 2012 (Bluegrass Ramble with Tom Voorhees and Tom Keeney) and WHUS "Bluegrass Cafe" with Amy Orlomoski.
Even with the success of They're Playing My Song and a busy touring schedule planned for 2013, it is still a bittersweet time for the band as they say goodbye to an original member of the band, Adam McIntosh. Adam has accepted a new position with the Mandolin Store in Arizona so that he can concentrate on one of his other passions in life, buying and selling instruments. Adam and his family have a longtime friendship with Dennis and Kathy Vance, and have relocated to Arizona for Adam to help manage their growing business. It presents the first change ever in the Radio Ramblers lineup since the band organized in the Spring of 2006.
"I wouldn't trade the last 6 1/2 years of my life for anything," stated Adam. "The four guys I've had the honor to travel and play music with have truly become like brothers to me and as much as I hate to leave, the time has come. My two daughters, Jonna and Libby, along with my wife Jessica, mean the world to me and deserve more of my attention. As a member of Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, I've been blessed to share in some amazing accomplishments and for that I will always be grateful. I wish the band more success than they ever dreamed, and I humbly thank each and every one of our fans for making this so much fun."
"We love Adam and his great vocal and guitar style and are so thankful for all the great music and memories we have made together," stated Joe Mullins. "He has our best wishes for success out west."
The Radio Ramblers have spent the last quarter of 2012 planning for a busy 2013. With a hit song and album, an IBMA Award and shows all over the US in the new year, the guys are excited to welcome Duane Sparks on guitar and vocals. Duane is from Richmond, Indiana, where he has performed with the All American Bluegrass Band the past few years, becoming a fan favorite on the Renfro Valley shows in Kentucky, and a SPBGMA Award winner throughout the Midwest. "I had the privilege of singing with Duane several times before the Ramblers officially got together," stated Joe. "Duane has years of experience as a member of Gerald Evans and Paradise. He helped the late Gerald Evans arrange and record several songs that have been hits on my radio programs, so I have been in love with Duane's great vocal abilities for years! No, he is not related to the great Larry Sparks, but doesn't live to far from him."
Fans of Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers will have ample opportunity to see and hear the new lineup in 2013 with shows starting this month in Piqua, OH on January 12th and Tawas City, MI on January 19th. For more information on Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers including their current 2013 schedule, please visit www.radioramblers.com