Making his debut as the new bass player for Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers on September 7th will be Randy Barnes. A native of Richmond, KY, Barnes is an accomplished bass player and has a solid reputation among the bluegrass community having worked as a touring band member for Lou Reid & Carolina, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Larry Stephenson Band and the Josh Williams Band. On becoming a member of the Radio Ramblers, Barnes says, "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."
Barnes will be replacing Tim Kidd who has been a member of the Radio Ramblers since their inception in 2006. "I would like to thank Joe and the guys for allowing me to be part of this band for the past 7 years," states Kidd. "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."
Joe Mullins says the change is bittersweet for him personally but he's looking forward to this new chapter for the band. "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."
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