Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers will be present Thursday, Oct. 21 at Founder’s Hall at Sauder Village to teach about the bluegrass movement and celebrate the music genre’s rich history and connections to Ohio.

ARCHBOLD — Kentucky is known as the birthplace of bluegrass music, but Ohio played a major role in establishing it as a worldwide phenomenon.

“Industrial Strength Bluegrass: An Evening With Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers” will explore and celebrate Ohio’s bluegrass music legacy Thursday, Oct. 21, at Founder’s Hall at Sauder Village.

“Industrial Strength Bluegrass” is the story of bluegrass’ transformation from a music to a movement, carried by people from Appalachia seeking a better life in the booming post World War II factories of Ohio.

At 6 p.m., Mullins, also a bluegrass historian based in Ohio, will present a 45-minute discussion on our bluegrass heritage.

A full concert, featuring Joe and The Radio Ramblers, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public.

JMRR are the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year. The band has won numerous other industry awards, including Song of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance, and are regular guests on the Grand Ole Opry.

Most recently, Mullins produced the album “Industrial Strength Bluegrass” (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings), which received the 2021 IBMA Album of the Year Award.

“Industrial Strength Bluegrass: An Evening with Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers” is presented by Black Swamp Arts Council and Archbold Music Commission, with the generous support of Archbold Area Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Arts Midwest and International Bluegrass Music Association Foundation.

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