Billy Blue Records is pleased to announce the February 1st release of “The Guitar Song,” the first radio single from For The Record, the forthcoming, 12-song album from Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers.
A duet between band leader Joe Mullins and legendary Grand Ole Opry member, Del McCoury, “The Guitar Song” was co-written by another legend, Country Music Hall of Fame member, Bill Anderson, with award-winning songwriters, Jamey Johnson and Vickie McGehee. Joe Mullins’ cleverly arranged version of the song is a conversation between two pawn shop instruments, a guitar and a banjo, hanging side-by-side on a store wall. The guitar (Del McCoury) and banjo (Joe Mullins) discuss their respective Bluegrass histories in the hands of some of the genre’s greatest pickers and singers.
The single release marks a truly historic recording featuring two of the most popular veterans in Bluegrass music in their first ever collaboration. It also marks a celebration of Del McCoury’s 80th birthday on February 1st.
Having gained the reputation as a band who always chooses great material for their projects, the recognizable sound of Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, with their rich vocals, have exceeded that reputation delivering another collection of wonderfully well-written songs arranged and recorded in their own inimitable style. “The Guitar Song” is a brilliant glimpse into the quality of the full album to come.
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers recently signed to Billy Blue Records, bringing the group’s signature brand of Bluegrass to the label which was established in 2018. Lead by banjo playing Joe Mullins, the band includes a cadre of instrumental and vocal talent with Mike Terry on mandolin and vocals; Duane Sparks on guitar and vocals; Randy Barnes on upright bass and vocals; and Jason Barie on fiddle. The group has garnered multiple IBMA (6) and SPBGMA (4) Awards, including the 2018 IBMA Award for “Song Of The Year” (“If I’d Have Wrote That Song”).
For The Record is set for release on Friday, March 29, 2019.