The National Council of Traditional Arts and their partners in Greensboro, NC brought together hundreds of entertainers and thousands of fans for the 75th National Folk Festival in Greensboro, NC. We love the diversity of the NCTA events, having worked the Butte, MT and Lowell, MA events previously. We kicked off the National Folk Festival with a community outreach concert to an enthusiastic crowd of 1st - 3rd graders at the Hampton elementary School in Greensboro. Over the course of the weekend, we had a wonderful hour of gospel music partnering with Virginia gospel legends the Ingramettes - hallelujah! And on the big stage Saturday night, our guest was harmonica legend Phil Wiggins, blowing the socks off of the "Shoeshine Man!" The National Folk Festival will be hosted in Greensboro the next two years as well — Don't miss it!
Joe Mullins has partnered with Salem Media Group to become the new host of the Front Porch Fellowship, one of America’s favorite bluegrass gospel radio shows. Salem Media Group is America’s leading radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and family-themed content and conservative values. Front Porch Fellowship airs every Saturday and Sunday at 4 P.M. CST on Singing News Radio along with nearly 140 independent stations across the United States and Canada.
Joe will replace Les Butler who has been the show's host since it began. "My fellow broadcaster, musician and most importantly-good friend, Joe Mullins starts as the new host of Front Porch Fellowship! I was blessed to start that show 16 years ago and remain as host until I left to pursue other ventures. I commend Salem Media in their choice of Joe. He will do a fantastic job!"
Mullins stated, “I am grateful for the opportunity to host ‘Front Porch Fellowship.’ What a blessing! Presenting current and classic bluegrass gospel music on radio has been a lifelong passion of mine. Delivering favorite hymns by the Stanley Brothers, Doyle Lawson and other Hall of Fame artists alongside new talent will be part of each broadcast. Don’t miss the Front Porch Fellowship each weekend!”
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Rebel Records is pleased to announce the release of The Blues Are Still The Blues, a retrospective containing 15 songs selected from the four recordings made byThe Traditional Grass for Rebel between 1992 and 1995. The collection was produced by Rebel’s David Freeman along with original band members Joe Mullins and Mark Rader and reflects their keen understanding of the band’s style, its mission and goals within the bluegrass environment of the period. The album is now available via iTunes, Amazon, and other online and retail music stores.
For twelve years, The Traditional Grass delivered powerful bluegrass in the same vein as the genre’s founders. While they drew great inspiration from first generation ‘grassers such as Flatt & Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Reno & Smiley and The Osborne Brothers, what made The Traditional Grass unique was their refusal to remain complacent. The band’s premiere lineup―Mark Rader (guitar & vocals),Joe Mullins (banjo & vocals), Paul “Moon” Mullins (fiddle), Gerald Evans, Jr. (mandolin, fiddle & vocals) and Mike Clevenger (bass)―brought a freshness to traditional bluegrass that prevented the style from going stale.
One of our favorite places to visit is the "Lone Star State" and we had a wonderful opportunity to do just that when we made an appearance at Bluegrass On Ballard in Wylie, Texas for a show co-produced by the City of Wylie and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, founded by our good friend Alan Tompkins. Alan and the BHF do wonderful work and promote music education, encouraging young players to learn and grow in bluegrass music. Thanks to our good friends at Janet Davis Acoustic Music, we were able to make a surprise presentation of a new Recording King 5-string resonator banjo for use in the Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program. Our hope is that a future banjo superstar might get his or her start on the donated Recording King banjo.
JMRR are celebrating another #1 song with "The Last Parade" on the Singing News Bluegrass Top 10 for July. Written by Steve Bonafel and based on a true story, "The Last Parade" is featured on the band's latest Rebel Records release, Another Day from Life. The song has been well received by both radio programmers and fans alike, and afforded JMRR the opportunity to make a donation of $3000 last November to the Patriot Guard Riders™ through the digital download of the song. Another Day from Life continues to climb the charts and is #11 on the National Bluegrass Survey's Top 15 Albums with the title track coming in at #15 on the Top 30 Songs chart for July.
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers have been selected to represent Bluegrass music at the 75th National Folk Festival to be held in Greensboro, NC in September. The National Folk Festival announced last week that for its 75th anniversary, the Festival will feature 300 artists on seven stages in downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015. The three-day Festival is FREE to the public with an expected attendance of over 100,000. First presented in 1934, the National Folk Festival is the nation’s oldest and longest-running multicultural traditional arts festival and has been produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), since the beginning. The National Folk Festival is a traveling event hosted by a community for three years before moving to a new location. The National’s stay has seeded legacy festivals (all free) in many former host communities including: the Lowell Folk Festival, the Great Lakes Folk Festival (E. Lansing, MI), the American Folk Festival (Bangor, ME), the Richmond Folk Festival, the Montana Folk Festival (Butte), and more.
Join us as the IBMA Board Band plays for the first time to raise money for the IBMA Youth Council! All proceeds from the night benefit the Youth Council and their activities!
Joe will take the stage at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville, TN with Stephen Mougin of The Sam Bush Band, Alan Bartram of The Del McCoury Band, Tim Surrett of Balsam Range, Becky Buller, Jon Weisberger of Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Junior Williams of NewTown, Danny Clark and John Goad. Tickets are $12 at the door, first come, first serve!
We're only a few days into the month of May and it's already been filled with great news! Our latest album, Another Day From Life is #1 on this month's SiriusXM Bluegrass Junctionchart! And, it's climbed to #13 on Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 15 Albums chart! Our latest single, "Another Day From Life" is once again on Bluegrass Today's Monthly Songs chart coming in at #2! It's also moved up to #24 on Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 30 Songs chart. A BIG thanks to radio programmers for keeping us in the rotation!
What a wonderful, blessed occasion! We were so thankful to see our son Danieland daughter Sarah BOTH graduate from Cedarville University in Ohio on Saturday, May 2nd. Daniel earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in American Studies. He has worked a weekly schedule for Classic Country Radio and the Radio Ramblers and attended classes the past six years. And wait 'til you see his Senior thesis - he will make the Bluegrass world proud! As a journalist, historian and creative broadcaster, his future is bright. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, with honors! She will no doubt score great on the Ohio Nursing license exam next month. She plans to pursue full-time work in the NICU of an area hospital this summer. Wy wife, Tammy, and I are most thankful they both have a heart for God and will serve in any position with integrity. Thanks also to all friends and family who have always encouraged Daniel and Sarah and those who celebrated with us this past weekend.
We want to say a great big THANKS to Les Butler and his team at Butler Music Group for helping spread the good word about us on his radio tour! Les has been promoting "The Last Parade" to a large network of Gospel radio stations and we sure appreciate his efforts and all the good folks in gospel radio who are playing our music! As a result, "The Last Parade" is #7 on this month's Singing News Bluegrass Chart! Performing that song on the Grand Ole Opry was such a wonderful moment. If you haven't seen it already, check out this video of that appearance.
Speaking of charts - our latest Rebel Records album, Another Day From Life, continues with its 3rd month on Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 15 Albums chart for April with the title track at #28 and "Now The Summer's Gone" at #18 on their Top 30 Songs chart. The album also continues to appear on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20 Songs chart and is #12 this month! If you haven't got a copy of our CD yet, visit us at one of our upcoming shows or get yours now at www.RadioRamblers.com.
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