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Farm & FunTime: Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Helen Highwater Stringband
March 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time, a live radio show at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum featuring Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers and the Helen Highwater Stringband on Thursday, March 9 at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
Hosted by Kris Truelsen and featuring musical breaks by house band Bill and the Belles, the program also features the Appalachian Sustainable Development Farm Report with Corbin Hayslett, a recipe segment, and much more!
Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time is a revival of WCYB radio’s Farm & Fun Time show which broadcast live from a studio inside the General Shelby Hotel in downtown Bristol. In the 1940s and the 1950s, Farm & Fun Time was an important program in the history of early bluegrass music and helped to establish the careers of legendary performers including Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, the Osborne Brothers, Mac Wiseman, The Sauceman Brothers, and Curly King & The Tennessee Hilltoppers.
Tickets to be part of the studio audience are $25 with open seating; doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show starts at 7:00 p.m.
About Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
No matter the source, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers always put their distinctive stamp on a song, making it at once their own and part of the chain of tradition that lies at the heart of bluegrass.
JMRR’s professionalism and successful, heavily played recordings have kept them in demand with a national audience. Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers have been seen by thousands of fans across the continent through performances at a vast array of venues including the National Folk Festival, Bluegrass Underground, and Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman. The band has also been a regular guest on the Grand Ole Opry.
Mullins is a favorite broadcaster in bluegrass, with a career in radio spanning more than 30 years in the Midwest. He hosts Front Porch Fellowship, a weekly syndicated show that airs in 30 states and Canada to nearly 200 radio stations and thousands of internet listeners.
Helen Highwater Stringband
It was just another night in Nashville: four friends—revered acoustic musicians—got together in a living room. The music bounced, danced, gathered strength, and lifted them in a way that only happens with the right players.
They formed a band and named it Helen Highwater, the tough, whimsical goddess of string band music. The band consists of David Grier on guitar, Missy Raines on bass, Mike Compton on mandolin, Shad Cobb on fiddle, and power vocals from all four.
These are musicians who have performed for decades. Their music is rooted but not frozen, recognizable but not predictable, comfy but not smug. It’s also a steel-railed groove of steam-powered drive—Gid Tanner and Bill Monroe stoking the coal car and one band barreling ahead, eyes around the curve.
David Grier was named an Artist of the Decade in 2000 by Guitar Player magazine, has received the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Guitar Player of the Year award 3 times, and has played on 4 Grammy award-winning albums.
Missy Raines is a 7-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year and a former member of the Claire Lynch and Eddie & Martha Adcock bands. She played as a duo with Jim Hurst and now fronts her own ensemble, The New Hip.
Mike Compton is known as the Monroe-style mandolin player and has played with John Hartford and the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Mike received Grammy awards for his work on O Brother Where Art Thou and played on projects for Dr. Ralph Stanley and Elvis Costello.
Shad Cobb is a powerful and nuanced fiddler who draws from deep traditions and has played for the Osborne Brothers, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Marty Raybon, Mike Snyder, and the John Cowan Band.