Joe Mullins at IBMA

Joe Mullins stopped by our booth yesterday in the World of Bluegrass exhibit hall. We chatted briefly about his new album with The Radio Ramblers, They’re Playing Our Song, due October 16 on Rebel Records.

Our discussion also touched on Mullins’ long tenure in bluegrass, both as a performer and a broadcaster, a career path he inherited from his father. Paul “Moon” Mullins spent many years playing fiddle with The Stanley Brothers, and was a founding member of The Boys From Indiana, who were a very influential group in the 1970s and ’80s. Moon was also a notable radio host, with two decades of service on WPFB in Middletown, OH. IBMA awarded him their Broadcaster of the Year trophy in 2000.

The Mullins boys (Paul and Joe) worked together in the ’90s as part of Traditional Grass, another trendsetting band, until Mullins the younger left the band in 1995 when he purchased a radio station in Xenia, OH. The business has grown into three stations, all broadcasting classic country and bluegrass programming as My Classic Country.

I say all that to say this: enjoy the video.


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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.