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Saturday, May 22, 2010
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
Joe Mullins Receives Special Honor
Joe Mullins is the recipient of the Outstanding Musician Award granted during the 14th Annual Appalachian Unsung Hero Ceremony presented by Sinclair Community College’s Appalachian Outreach Committee on Friday, May 14th.
Recipients of these awards must meet the definition of Appalachian as per federal government guidelines; or must have demonstrated outstanding service within the Appalachian community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize “unsung heroes” who have performed good deeds, built pride and self-esteem, but have gone unnoticed or unrewarded for their exceptional efforts. Joe Mullins is a southwestern Ohio native who has been an active bluegrass performer and radio broadcaster for over 25 years. Mullins purchased WBZI Radio (AM 1500) in Xenia, Ohio. What began with WBZI has now expanded into a network of southwest Ohio radio stations collectively referred to as Classic Country Radio including the addition of WKFI AM 1090 in Wilmington in 2003, WEDI AM 1130 in Eaton in 2004 and most recently FM 100.3. Classic Country Radio’s unique mix of locally produced programming including country oldies, bluegrass, news and information is heard 24 hours a day on FM 100.3 and www.myclassiccountry.com. Mullins is on air weekdays 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. featuring bluegrass and old-time gospel music.
Although busy as a radio entrepreneur, Mullins did manage to record and perform on a limited basis 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 1990s. He was honored by winning an Instrumental Recording of the Year award in 2001 from the IBMA for his banjo work on Rebel Record's 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.
He also produces many major bluegrass events throughout Ohio annually. Mullins is now a busy musician again, touring heavily both regionally and nationally with his band, the Radio Ramblers. They have released two albums, the most recent, Rambler’s Call on esteemed bluegrass label Rebel Records. Another album is projected for release in the fall. He is respected as one the top five-string banjo players nationally and is an occasional banjo workshop presenter.
Fred Bartenstein remarked, “Joe Mullins is one of the most prominent Appalachian business, cultural and civic leaders in the Miami Valley. Tens of thousands of Appalachians who listen to the radio already know who he is, but maybe not the full extent of his inspiring story and contributions. The 2010 Appalachian Award will help to remedy this and win him much-deserved recognition from other leaders in the region.” Birthday, BBQ and Bluegrass Bash
Joe Mullins' Classic Country Radio will celebrate its 15th year this summer with a Birthday, BBQ and Bluegrass Bash on June 27th. The event will be held at Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, OH. BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers and all the fixins will be served beginning at 5:00pm. Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers will perform at 6:00pm with Rhonda Vincent & The Rage performing at 7:30pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.myclassiccountry.com/ or download the event flyer. Rambler's Call on Rebel Records
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers have been enjoying the recent success of their Rebel Records release, Rambler's Call. This CD is being called one of the best traditional bluegrass records of its time and we'd like to invite you to get a sneak peak of the CD by logging onto the band's website at http://www.radioramblers.com/. To purchase your own personal copy of Rambler's Call, please visit http://www.countysales.com/