Joe Mullins to Rebel Records

Rebel Records has announced that Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers have signed with the label, and that they will release their project, Rambler’s Call, on March 30.

Though not so visible on the bluegrass circuit of late, Joe Mullins established himself as a premier banjo player and tenor singer with The Traditional Grass in the 1990s. The band wowed ’em all over the country with their dynamic presentation of hard core grass, and also with a string of powerful recordings.

Joe stepped away from performing in 1995 when he moved into the radio business full time, and he now owns and operates a number of radio stations in southern Ohio. They all broadcast the same classic country format, with a prominent dose of bluegrass, which can also be heard online at He did some recording as a member of Longview, and appeared on some selected recordings, but not on a regular basis.

With the radio business now firmly established, Joe has begun to tour and record again with his own group, The Radio Ramblers. Their first album, Tuned In, was released in 2007 and Rambler’s Call came out in limited distribution in 2009. Rebel’s Mark Freeman tells us that they are delighted to re-release this CD to a wider audience, and that they have made only minor revisions to the packaging.

Mark was especially excited about Mullins’ next album, an all-Gospel project tentatively titled Hymns From The Hills with a projected Rebel release during the Fall of 2010. Mullins has already started on this next record, and says that it is one he has wanted to do for some time.

“The CD will include both classic and original gospel songs and will feature several special guests–many of them my heroes–like Doyle Lawson, Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent, Larry Sparks and Paul Williams.”

Joe and the Ramblers are touring actively in 2010, and you can find their schedule online.

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John Lawless

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