Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers - Hymns From The Hills
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Hymns From The Hills (Rebel, 2011)

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers

Reviewed by Dr. Bobby Jones

Joe Mullins has been involved in bluegrass and the gospel all his life. His father, Paul "Moon" Mullins, was a fiddler and radio broadcaster in Ohio for a quarter century, and this CD was named after his mid-day radio show. The background shows. Mullins and his band render classic bluegrass gospel. The vocals are high and clear and with perfect diction; you can understand every word of the message. The harmonies are spot on, and the instrumental work is unpretentious, but solid right down to the fiddle breaks played with perfect intonation.

Mullins and band cover both old classics like Sweet Hour of Prayer and numbers such as Tim Stafford and Jon Weisberger's Be Jesus to Someone Today, a new tune, which sounds like it has been around since the 50's. Several of the selections are done in memory of artists who have passed on.

This band does fine work on its own, but the addition of guests such as Paul Williams, Ralph Stanley, Doyle Lawson, Larry Sparks, and Rhonda Vincent serves as testimony to the respect for Mullins and the authenticity of his work in true bluegrass gospel.

CDs by Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers

The Story We Tell, 2017 Sacred Memories, 2016 Another Day From Life, 2014 They're Playing My Song, 2012 Hymns From The Hills, 2011 Rambler's Call, 2010

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