Joe Mullins grew up in bluegrass. His father, Paul “Moon” Mullins, played fiddle with the Stanley Brothers and was a member of The Boys From Indiana before fronting the Traditional Grass.
Joe Mullins came of age performing with the Traditional Grass during the 1980s and early 1990s. But he left the band in 1995 to devote more time to a radio career, buying three stations in Ohio to create a small country music network.
Over the past decade and a half, Mullins performed occasionally with Longview. But now, he’s back on the bluegrass circuit with a new band — The Radio Ramblers.
“Rambler’s Call,” their debut album, is a strong traditional bluegrass album with solid picking and great harmonies.
There’s a good mix of old and new material. And a lot of country songs get the bluegrass treatment here.
There’s Porter Wagoner’s “Boston Jail” and “Another Day, Another Dollar,” George Jones’ “Old Blue Tomorrow,” Marty Stuart’s “Farmer’s Blues” and Loretta Lynn’s “Smoke Along The Track.”
Don Reno’s “Charlotte Breakdown” is the only tune from a bluegrass hall of famer.
Newer tunes include Ronnie Bowman and Sammy Shelor’s “Mountain Girl” and Gerald Evans Jr.’s “The Old Rocking Chair” and “Don’t You Want To Go Home,” which features a capella gospel quartet singing.
The band features three lead singers — Mullins, Adam McIntosh (formerly with The Dry Branch Fire Squad) and Mike Terry.
Other members include Tim Kidd on bass and Evan McGregor (formerly with the Wildwood Valley Boys) on fiddle.
Good debut album by a band that can go as far as Mullin’s schedule will allow.