Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
One of the busiest bands in bluegrass, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers (JMRR) deliver first class entertainment, whether on stage or in the studio. For over a decade, JMRR have consistently delivered chart-topping and crowd-pleasing music, as evidenced by multiple International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards and Grand Ole Opry appearances on their resume.
The award-winning band is pleased to announce the release of their sixth album in seven years for bluegrass music’s most historic record label, Rebel Records. The new album, entitled The Story We Tell, brings together a vibrant collection of songs new and old, celebrating the band’s respect for the past while always maintaining a fresh approach.
The album’s opening track and first single, “Long Gone Out West Blues” takes listeners on a trip on horseback through the wild west. This high-energy song came to JMRR via Canadian folk duo, Pharis & Jason Romero. “The uniquely styled lyrics and the melody made it a natural for us and the challenge of a song with no chorus is something I love,” says Mullins. “It's a powerful piece!” An instrumental and vocal powerhouse, the adrenaline is contagious, and proves an ample introduction to the new album from JMRR.
"Joe Mullins is a classic character who could slip through a time machine to about 1961 and move around comfortably. And he’d be among the coolest cats there in his Ohio home, fronting a bluegrass band and owning radio stations. And that voice! Whether speaking or singing, it’s arresting and comforting at the same time. This is the true sound of bluegrass renown. A brilliant band.” ~ Craig Havighurst, noted author, critic and producer of Music City Roots in Nashville, TN,
Joe Mullins is a southwestern Ohio native who has been a recognizable banjo player, vocalist, and radio broadcaster for over 30 years. Mullins toured and recorded as a founding member of the band The Traditional Grass until 1995, when he purchased WBZI Radio in Xenia, Ohio. He recorded and performed with the band Longview, earning Song of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year awards from the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) in the late 1990’s. He was honored by winning an Instrumental Recording of the Year award in 2001 from the IBMA for his banjo work on Rebel Records’ Knee Deep In Bluegrass. Mullins was also one of many artists in 2006 sharing Album of the Year honors for Celebration of Life, on Skaggs Family Records. Mullins now owns an Ohio network of radio stations - Real Roots Radio - and can be found on the air most weekdays from 1 until 3PM featuring Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel music and webcasting at www.realrootsradio.com. He is SPBGMA’s 2011 SPBGMA Broadcaster of the Year and also hosts Front Porch Fellowship, a weekly syndicated radio show which airs on over 200 radio stations. Joe was awarded IBMA's Broadcaster of the Year in 2016.
Joe lives near Cedarville, Ohio, with his wife, Tammy; son, Daniel; and daughter, Sarah.
“Marvelous” Mike Terry
Mike Terry is well-versed on several instruments but is simply a master on the mandolin. He has performed nearly his whole life and spent over 12 years working with local bands and performed as a regular member of The Beacons before becoming a founding member of the Radio Ramblers in 2006. Mike keeps everyone in stitches with his good humor and often comical facial expressions, but mostly, he's known for his smooth lead vocals on some of JMRR's biggest hits including, "Bottom Of A Mountain," "Johnson Island Prison," and "Same Old Dipper." When he's not singing lead, he's anchoring the band's vocal trio with his solid baritone voice.
Mike resides in Kentucky, with his wife, Theresa, and daughter Klara. Their oldest daughter, Kayla, is married and is in the United States Air Force.
“Jumpin” Jason Barie
Jason began taking classical violin lessons at the age of 10 and a couple years later found himself taking fiddle lessons at a music store in Tampa, Florida where he is from. Jason spent most of his teen years filling in with various Florida bands and competing in fiddle contests. Upon graduating high school in 1997, Jason began performing full-time with the Sand Mountain Boys for four years before going to work with Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road for the next four and half years. Afterward, Jason performed two years with the Larry Stephenson Band and then almost six years with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. He's been performing as a member of the Radio Ramblers since November 2014.
Jason, his wife Sarah and their two children, Isaac and Adalyn, live in Portland, Tennessee.
“Dandy” Duane Sparks
Duane Sparks is from Richmond, Indiana, where he performed with the All American Bluegrass Band for a few years, becoming a fan favorite on the Renfro Valley shows in Kentucky, and a SPBGMA Award winner throughout the Midwest. Duane has years of experience as a member of Gerald Evans and Paradise and helped the late Gerald Evans arrange and record several songs that have been hits on Joe's radio programs. Duane is a solid rhythm guitarist but it's his lead vocals that really shine in JMRR. He has become a well-respected vocalist over the years, singing lead on many JMRR tunes including "Miss Molly," "Blue Collar Blues," and "The Last Parade." But it's his soulful singing on "Because He Lives" that almost always garners a standing ovation and encore response!
Duane and MaKole have three children.
“Rockin” Randy Barnes
A native of Richmond, KY, Randy Barnes is an accomplished bass player and has an impeccable reputation among the bluegrass community having worked as a band member for Lou Reid & Carolina, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Larry Stephenson Band and the Josh Williams Band. He's not only known for his solidarity in timing and tone, but also his loyalty and reliability as a touring road musician.
Randy joined the Radio Ramblers in 2013 and since, has shined on bass and bass vocals, helping the band have a strong quartet on stage and recordings.
Randy and his wife Jennifer have been married over 25 years and have a daughter and two grandsons.