The Black Swamp Arts Council and the Archbold Music Commission presented an evening of history and music at the Founders Hall in Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio on Thursday evening, following on the release of the recent book and album, Industrial Strength Bluegrass.
Doug Gilliland organized the show that brought in Daniel Mullins presenting the history of bluegrass music in southwest Ohio, and Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers providing the music.
Daniel brought the history to life with stories passed down from generation to generation. His presentation was based on the Industrial Strength Bluegrass book written by Fred Bartenstein and Curtis Ellison. Daniel’s family is a significant part of the musical legacy built in Ohio. His grandfather, Paul “Moon” Mullins, was both a prominent DJ and musician for many years. His father, Joe, continues that legacy with the Radio Ramblers bluegrass band and a number of radio stations. Daniel has become an integral part of both the radio stations and the Industrial Strength Bluegrass Festival – formerly The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival. The festival is November 11, 12, and 13 at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio.
The book is accompanied by the album Industrial Strength Bluegrass that Joe Mullins produced for Smithsonian Folkways. It is the musical legacy of the area, as performed by several top contemporary bluegrass artists.
The Radio Ramblers put on a show for a packed house. The band has become one of Ohio’s treasures. They sing songs about the state and show great respect for the people.
They have gone from a regional band that helped promote the radio stations to an internationally known force in bluegrass music, winning their share awards along the way.
When that big red bus pulls into your local festival, you will know you are in for a treat!
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