Duane Sparks to the Radio Ramblers

Duane SparksJoe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers are starting 2013 with a new look, and the first personnel change since they hit the scene in 2006.

Original member Adam McIntosh is leaving the group and moving his family to Arizona, where he will be working with Dennis and Kathy Vance at The Mandolin Store. Stepping in on guitar and vocals is Duane Sparks from Richmond, IN.

Adam says that being away from his family is what pushed him to find this new opportunity.

Adam McIntosh“I wouldn’t trade the last 6 1/2 years of my life for anything. 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.”

New Rambler Sparks had been working as a member of the All American Bluegrass Band, generating a strong following at Renfro Valley and throughout the Midwest.

Joe says as much as they hate to see Adam leave, they are pleased to have Duane on board, with or without his famous last name.

Joe Mullins“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. He has our best wishes for success out west.”

I had the privilege of singing with Duane several times before the Ramblers officially got together. 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.”

Look for Duane with The Radio Ramblers when their 2013 tour schedule starts up later this month.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.