JOE MULLINS & THE RADIO RAMBLERS, “Hymns From The Hills,” Rebel. 14 tracks

It took Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers four years to release their first album, but only a few months to add their second.

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 four stations in Ohio to create a small country music network.

Over the past decade and a half, Mullins performed occasionally with Longview.

But in 2006, he formed The Radio Ramblers — Adam McIntosh, guitar; Evan McGregor, fiddle; Tim Kidd, bass; and Mike Terry, mandolin — and returned to the bluegrass circuit.

“Rambler’s Call,” their debut album, was a strong traditional bluegrass album with solid picking and great harmonies.

“Hymns From The Hills” is just as strong.

Mullins brings in some bluegrass legends to help out.

Larry Sparks performs the traditional “Come On” and “That Little Old Country Church House” with the band.

Rhonda Vincent performs a duet with Mullins on “We Missed You In Church Last Sunday.”

Paul Williams sings lead on “Hold On To The Old Gospel Way,” a song he wrote.

Ralph Stanley and a children’s choir sing “Jesus Loves Me.”

Doyle Lawson sings lead on the Louvin Brothers’ “I’ll Never Go Back.”

And Williams and Vincent join in on “Sweet Hour of Prayer.”

But the seven songs that feature just Mullins and the band are just as strong.

One note for purists: There’s a piano on two tracks.

Good album by a good band.

Can’t find it in stores? Try www.RebelRecords.com.

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