Joe Mullins releases Rambler’s Call

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers - Rambler's CallAmong the recent releases about which we have become aware is Rambler’s Call from Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers.

This independent release features the talents of recognized banjo great Joe Mullins, Adam McIntosh on guitar and vocals, Evan McGregor, fiddler and vocals, Mike Terry, mandolin player and vocals, and bass player, Tim Kidd. Matt DeSpain guests on resonator guitar.

After three years of performing and recording together the band has developed a classic bluegrass blend and assembled a diverse set of old and new songs that fit together very well. Examples of this include The Old Rocking Chair written by Mullins’ former band mate, Gerald Evans Jr., and a grassy treatment of Marty Stuart’s Farmer’s Blues with Mullins’ high lead vocals.

The band dedicated the new CD project in memory of Joe’s dad, DJ and fiddle player Paul "Moon" Mullins, who passed away in 2008. A few of the rare tunes on the album that were featured on his radio show many times include Old Blue Tomorrow, an obscure album cut from an old George Jones release Boston Jail and Another Day, Another Dollar.

Other highlights include the title track written by Aubrey Holt and featuring McIntosh doing lead vocals, as he does on four songs altogether; Don’t You Want Go Home, an a cappella gospel song, on which Terry sings lead.

McGregor served as engineer and co-producer, with Mullins.

Mullins owns a network of Ohio radio stations; WBZI AM1500, WKFI AM1090 and WEDI AM1130. Most weekdays he is on the air from 2 until 5 p.m. featuring Bluegrass and Old-Time Gospel music on all three stations and webcasting at www.myclassiccountry.com.

You may purchase your copy of the CD at the Classic Country Connection in Xenia or at the Radio Ramblers upcoming concerts.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics.

A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe.

He wrote the annotated series I’m On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.