Randy Barnes to Radio Ramblers

Randy BarnesJoe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers will welcome new bass player Randy Barnes into the band when they make a return visit to Nashville this Saturday to play the Grand Ole Opry and the Station Inn.

Barnes is a bluegrass veteran of many years, working most recently with Marty Raybon and Audie Blaylock. His career has also found him performing with Rhonda Vincent, Josh Williams, Larry Stephenson, and Lou Reid.

He says that he is eager to get started with the Ramblers.

“The highlight of my career is to be able to share my music with like-minded musicians. Of course I value talent and good all-around musicianship, but it’s important to share in mutual respect, integrity and professionalism in this business and I’ve long admired Joe and the Radio Ramblers for all of these qualities. I’ve been a fan of the band for a long time and I can’t wait to hit the road with them and see where the music takes us.”

Randy is taking the spot vacated by Tim Kidd, a founding member of the group, who is leaving the road to stay closer to home.

Tim Kidd“I would like to thank Joe and the guys for allowing me to be part of this band for the past 7 years. I am taking an opportunity to pursue a career that will allow me to be home with my wife, 6 year old daughter and 10 year old son, while also allowing me to be more a part of ministries at our church.”

Mullins took a moment to share his gratitude for Kidd’s contributions to the band as he welcomed Barners into the fold.

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers at the August 2013 Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival - photo by Frank Baker“Tim and I performed together in a music ministry when Tim was just 19 years old. He is a dear friend who has given so much to help the Radio Ramblers become established. I love him and his family and wish him the best.

Randy filled in for Tim one weekend in 2011 and we’ve been on stage for a few special events at festivals. He has the respect of so many as a professional player and he will be a great contributor to the Ramblers.”

Listen for Joe and the Ramblers on this Saturday’s Grand Ole Opry broadcast on WSM at 7:00 p.m. (CDT), broadcast over the air at 650 AM, and online at wsmonline.com. Just as quick as they finish on the Opry, the guys will hustle across town to the Station Inn where they will perform at 9:00 p.m.

Catch ’em if you can!

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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.