Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers are very proud to announce the addition of a new booking agent and team member. Laura Mainer will now be representing the band full-time as well as manage the band's day-to-day office needs.
An East Tennessee native, Laura Mainer was raised on mountain and roots music. Growing up, her childhood was spent learning instruments, studying music, singing in churches with her father, and attending festivals and concerts with her family. Even her last name carries historical significance to a musical past as Laura’s husband, Isaac Mainer, is a direct descendant of J.E. Mainer and Wade Mainer, the latter being referred to as the Grandfather of Bluegrass Music. In 2012, Laura was one of the very first female students to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music from East Tennessee State University.
Professionally, Laura has worked in the Bluegrass industry since 2011. Her experience includes working for Mountain Music Entertainment and Moonstruck Management. Over the past five years, she has aided in the careers of artists such as Dr. Ralph Stanley, The Soggy Bottom Boys, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, and Bobby Osborne and Rocky Top X-Press. Furthering the success and legacy of Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music is a very important passion for Laura.
"I am so thankful to have Laura on board as our full-time agent and office manager," says Joe Mullins. "We have been so fortunate the past few years with bookings and building JMRR into a recognizable brand. With over 100 performances in 2016, the need for an agent became inevitable. Laura and her family have been friends of the band and encouraged us through the years. Her passion for bluegrass and gospel music and her expertise in managing a band's schedule will be a great blessing."
Laura, who officially begins her new role on Monday, July 18th says, “I am delighted to be the new booking agent for Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers. I couldn’t feel more blessed to be part of such an incredible team!"
Talent buyers interested in booking Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers may reach Laura Mainer at 423-202-8346 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers Announce Donation to World Vision Through "Share the Link, Share the Love" and Perform Special Concert with Alternative Strings
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers are very proud to announce a donation to World Vision has been made as a result of their recent "Share the Link, Share the Love" fundraising campaign featuring a video performance of the original version of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" with The Isaacs.
The fundraising campaign which launched on Easter of this year and ran through Father's Day, raised money simply by tallying views of the "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" performance video featuring The Isaacs. For each view, Mullins donated 10¢ to World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. The result is a $1000 donation already in action helping kids and families around the world. Thanks to EVERYONE who viewed the video and shared the link!
The recorded version of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" featuring The Isaacs can be found on the new album by Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Sacred Memories, which was released April 15th on Rebel Records. Sacred Memories features 12 tracks of new and original music plus several traditional tunes. In addition to the The Isaacs, special guests include Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White Skaggs, and Rhonda Vincent.
Mullins had the idea of capturing the studio recording on video in hopes of creating a unique way for fans to "Share the Love" of the music created, while simultaneously supporting the very worthy cause of helping children in impoverished countries around the globe through World Vision. "The Isaacs have supported World Vision for several years and I am thankful for an opportunity to be part of their effort in assisting children worldwide," states Mullins.
The official donation announcement was made on Father's Day during a live concert with Centerville, Ohio's Alternative Strings, a group of orchestra students who perform Bluegrass, Celtic, Bebop, Swing, Celtic, Funk & Rock music on orchestral instruments under the direction of Doug Eyink. Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers performed a concert in front of several hundred fans at Stubbs Park Amphitheater and then were joined by the youth orchestra for a performance of five songs, including the band's latest hit single, "All Dressed Up." The performance with Alternative Strings was presented LIVE via the band's Facebook page and to date, has received nearly 10,000 views.
Watch the LIVE Video with Alternative Strings Here!
THANK YOU Radio Programmers, Fans and Friends for taking our new single — "All Dressed Up" --
to #1 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs chart! It's not only a hit with Bluegrass fans, but it's doing well on Gospel radio and is #7 on the Singing News Bluegrass Gospel chart!
View This Live Performance Video of "All Dressed Up"
We can't think of a better way to celebrate our 10th Anniversary than with a hit song and we are grateful to everyone for the support you've shown us over the years! As you know, the IBMA Awards process is continuing with this 2nd ballot and we are so honored to find ourselves among the Candidates for Nomination in several categories, including Song and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for "All Dressed Up!" Your continued consideration is very much appreciated as you make your top five selections in the following categories:
Entertainer of the Year
Vocal Group of the Year
Instrumental Group of the Year
Song of The Year - "All Dressed Up" written by Jerry Salley and Diane Wilkinson
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year - "All Dressed Up"
Male Vocalist - Joe Mullins
Male Vocalist - Duane Sparks
Banjo - Joe Mullins
Bass - Randy Barnes
Fiddle - Jason Barie
Check out the Facebook Page of Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers on Sunday, June 19th at 8:35pm ET to Watch Their LIVE Concert Performance with the Alternative Strings Orchestra!
We're excited to be celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year! It seems like this past decade has flown by and we are so grateful for all the friends and fans we've made along the way!! Thanks to each and every one of you for all of the support you have given us, all the miles you've traveled to see us, and all the love you've shown! Our hope is that we've returned it 10-fold!
We celebrated our first decade with an Anniversary Concert on Monday, May 16th. Thanks to the hundreds of friends who packed the place, making for a SOLD-OUT show! We had a ball with all of you!!
It's only fitting that we kick off our 10th Anniversary with something we've never done before - a European Tour! We'll be spending Five days covering the United Kingdom and Switzerland and plan to take in as much of the scenery and chocolate as possible! If you happen to be one of our International friends, make plans to come see us at one of these shows:
May 19 at 7:45 PM - Old Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK - Square Roots Productions - SOLD-OUT!
May 20 - Zweildlen, Switzerland - American Folk Club Rocking Chair
May 21 - Willisau, Switzerland - Spring Bluegrass Festival
May 22 - Liestal, Switzerland - Kulturhotel Guggenheim
We'll be sending photos and updates to our good friends at Bluegrass Today who have graciously agreed to keep everyone posted on our travels. Be sure to check daily for news from "across the pond!"
Thanks to the Dayton Daily News and journalist Don Thrasher for this outstanding feature on JMRR and our 10th Anniversary! Read The Complete Article Here!
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers are pleased to announce their new, all-gospel album on Rebel Records, Sacred Memories, is being released worldwide today, and is available for digital download via AirplayDirect for radio programmers. Consumers may purchase the album via iTunes and Amazon, and wherever great music is sold.
Sacred Memories is the band's second all-gospel project following their highly succesful Hymns From The Hills release of 2011. Mullins and the Radio Ramblers are joined by special guests who are beloved in both the bluegrass and gospel fields, including Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent and The Isaacs. The collection also features new music from some of the top writers of Bluegrass and Gospel music: Jerry Salley, Paul Williams, Billy Smith and even a never-before-recorded song from the late Randall Hylton. The album offers great vocal variety and a wonderful set of songs. Notes Mullins, "Every vocal combination from our group is in the spotlight, which is very exciting for us. While the gospel message is throughout the album, several songs will appeal to listeners of all tastes and walks of life."
The band's first single, "All Dressed Up," has already debuted on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs chart at #2 (4/1), and along with the album, early reviews have come in strong:
"Good call on the new single! Good song, and one that is fresh and unique to the
Radio Ramblers" — Rick Francis, Singing News Magazine --
After listening to the project I was in amazement. It is one of the best projects I've heard. It will get a lot of airplay on Kickin Grass, I assure you of that. Absolutely amazing! Definitely knocked it out of the park with this album. — Rodney Davis, Kicking Grass, WMJD 100.7FM --
Thank you so much for the new Joe Mullins CD. What a treat!! We are putting it with the first group to get it on the air!!! We need to get this one on the air before I wear it out!!! — Gilbert Humphrey, General Manager, KJAB Christian Radio --
I had already been playing the single. I just checked out the entire project today, and man, it is a winner!!! — Gentle Ben West, WMMT --
The Joe Mullins CD, Sacred Memories, is another great music testament to Bluegrass!!! Joe is a Class Act!
— Big Al Weekly, Program Director, WMJD FM --
Just now listened through the new album from Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. Oh My! This is so good, go get it! — Joe Stutzman, Heartland Bluegrass --
In addition to releasing "All Dressed Up" as the first single, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers have also released a video of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" featuring The Isaacs. Views of the video are part of the "Share The Link, Share The Love" campaign which will result in a donation by the band to World Vision, an organization supporting children in impoverished countries across the globe. The video may be viewed on the band's YouTube channel.
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers are very proud to announce "Share the Link, Share the Love," featuring a video performance of the original version of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" with The Isaacs, and benefiting World Vision.
"I was working at a Cincinnati, Ohio gospel radio station in 1990, doing a bluegrass gospel hour daily," states Mullins. "The program director introduced me to the Spencers, an Ohio family group with Kentucky roots. They had recorded an a cappella album in the 80's with "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and I loved it! This was the old, original lyrics and melody, not the popular Carter Family version. AP Carter's song from 1935 was actually titled "Can the Circle Be Unbroken" and featured totally different verses and a slightly different chorus. I have a collection of hymnals and found the original lyrics from 1907. It really needed a quartet with two male voices and two female voices. The Isaacs have been lifetime friends, beginning their music ministry in Ohio in the same county where I grew up. We have always loved singing and performing together and this old time tune was perfect. I love them dearly and I certainly hope we can sing together as often as possible."
Mullins had the idea of capturing the studio recording on video in hopes of creating a unique way for fans to "Share the Love" of the music created, while simultaneously supporting the very worthy cause of helping children in impoverished countries around the globe. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Motivated by their faith in Jesus Christ, World Vision serves alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. "The Isaacs have supported World Vision for several years and I am thankful for an opportunity to be part of their effort in assisting children worldwide," states Mullins.
For every view of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" on the YouTube channel of Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers beginning Easter Sunday (3/27/16) through Father's Day (6/19/16), Mullins will make a donation to World Vision. Fans are encouraged to "Share the Link" of this special video and in turn, the will "Share the Love."
"All Dressed Up" is now available! It's the first singlefrom our new CD, Sacred Memories, and was written by Jerry Salley and Diane Wilkinson. We think it is a wonderful song and we hope you like it! It's available for digital download via iTunes and Amazon.
Sacred Memories will be available everywhere April 15th but you can get it now EXCLUSIVELY from JMRR on the road or from the website.
SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction World Premier
Speaking of Sacred Memories, we are thrilled to announce we'll be featured along with our new album on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's World Premier Track By Track with Kyle Cantrell on March 23rd at 11am ET with repeat broadcasts on Thursday, 3/24th at 9pm ET, Saturday, March 26th at 8:00am ET and Easter Sunday, March 27th at 11:00am ET.
SOIMF is right around the corner!
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers are pleased to announce their newest single, "All Dressed Up" is being released worldwide today and is available for digital download via AirplayDirect for radio programmers. "All Dressed Up" is the first single from the band's upcoming gospel album on Rebel Records, Sacred Memories, set for release on April 15th. Consumers may purchase the single via iTunes and Amazon, and may also receive it as a free download upon preorder of the entire album.
Featuring the great vocal combination of Duane Sparks, Joe Mullins and Mike Terry, "All Dressed Up" tells the touching story of an old farmer who spent his life working hard in his overalls with the love of a good woman by his side. In this scenario though, he's packed a local church on the day of his funeral, and as his friends pass by to pay their last respects, they find him 'all dressed up' with somewhere to go - ready to meet his beloved wife and his Savior.
"The moment we finished 'All Dressed Up' I knew EXACTLY who I wanted to record it," says Jerry Salley. "As a songwriter (and fan) I have been hoping to have a song recorded by Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers for a long time and with their history of recording meaningful songs, I thought 'All Dressed Up' was a perfect song to send Joe. Thankfully, he loved it and I couldn't be more excited. Joe and the Ramblers made the song their own, like it was written for them, and their recording is absolutely wonderful. They are at the top of their game and there's nothing more gratifying to a songwriter than to have a song recorded with such great vision and care by one of their very favorite groups in the business. I am very grateful to them!"
"When Jerry Salley called me and said, 'I have a song I just finished for the Radio Ramblers,' I knew we would have an opportunity for a hit," says Joe Mullins. "Jerry loves our message songs that tell a story from the heart and he has written one of the best!"
"All Dressed Up" is available to radio programmers via AirplayDirect and to consumers for digital download at iTunes and Amazon. Consumers who pre-order Sacred Memories, the complete album due for release April 15th, will receive an instant digital download of "All Dressed Up" free. In addition, preorders for the album are being offered at a reduced rate of $7.99 through March 14th. For more information on Sacred Memories, please enjoy this promotional video.
We are so grateful to learn that a song from our latest Rebel Records CD, Another Day From Life, is in the November issue of Singing News Magazine. "The Dearest Friend I Ever Had" is a wonderful old hymnbook classic highlighting the Ramblers a cappella quartet. The band has featured the song on stage all this year and it’s now climbing the Singing News Bluegrass Gospel chart. Your help on air is appreciated!
We are also happy to announce "The Dearest Friend I Ever Had" will be included on a special compilation CD for Singing News Magazine in 2016. All new and renewal subscribers will receive this compilation as a "thank you" gift and we are honored to be part of it!
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!
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