Xenia, OH -- The International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) reigning Emerging Artist of Year, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers will be making their encore appearance in Nashville, TN when they visit two historic music landmarks on Saturday, September 7th — the Grand Ole Opry and the Station Inn. Making his first appearance with the band will be their newest addition to the band, bass player Randy Barnes.
The band debuted at both venues earlier this year and were invited back on the spot for return performances. "I'm probably not supposed to say this," stated Grand Ole Opry member Bill Anderson, pulling Joe Mullins to the front of the Grand Ole Opry stage after their debut performance in July, "But Pete Fisher, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, just told me 'they are awesome!' I suspect you'll be back very soon." Honoring his word, Fisher extended an official invitation to come back for another performance any time. They'll perform on Saturday, September 7th on the early portion of the Grand Ole Opry beginning at 7:00pm and then make their way to the Station Inn at 9:00pm CT for an encore performance the same night.
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers are busy touring in support of their latest Rebel Records CD, They're Playing My Song, which spent 7 months on Bluegrass Unlimited's National Top 15 Bluegrass Albums chart and are also celebrating their leader's recent International Bluegrass Music Association nomination for Broadcaster of the Year. Mullins also owns a network of radio stations covering the Southern Ohio region. (see www.myclassiccountry.com)
Making his debut as the new bass player for Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers on September 7th will be Randy Barnes. A native of Richmond, KY, Barnes is an accomplished bass player and has a solid reputation among the bluegrass community having worked as a touring band member for Lou Reid & Carolina, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Larry Stephenson Band and the Josh Williams Band. On becoming a member of the Radio Ramblers, Barnes says, "The highlight of my career is to be able to share my music with like-minded musicians. Of course I value talent and good all-around musicianship, but it's important to share in mutual respect, integrity and professionalism in this business and I've long admired Joe and the Radio Ramblers for all of these qualities. I've been a fan of the band for a long time and I can't wait to hit the road with them and see where the music takes us."
Barnes will be replacing Tim Kidd who has been a member of the Radio Ramblers since their inception in 2006. "I would like to thank Joe and the guys for allowing me to be part of this band for the past 7 years," states Kidd. "I am taking an opportunity to pursue a career that will allow me to be home with my wife, 6 year old daughter and 10 year old son, while also allowing me to be more a part of ministries at our church."
Joe Mullins says the change is bittersweet for him personally but he's looking forward to this new chapter for the band. "Tim and I performed together in a music ministry when Tim was just 19 years old. He is a dear friend who has given so much to help the Radio Ramblers become established. I love him and his family and wish him the best. Randy filled in for Tim one weekend in 2011 and we've been on stage for a few special events at festivals. He has the respect of so many as a professional player and he will be a great contributor to the Ramblers."
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers will perform Saturday, September 7th in Nashville, TN beginning at 7:00pm CT at the Grand Ole Opry and at 9:00pm CT at the Station Inn. For more information including how to purchase tickets for each venue, please visit www.Opry.com and www.StationInn.com. For more information on Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers including a complete tour schedule, please visit www.radioramblers.com. border=0 height=200 width=143 /