The Bluegrass Blog has a post up marking today as the official (national re-) release of Joe Mullins and the Radio Rambler’s Rambler’s Call on Rebel records. Of course, I am partial to this record and its sky rocketing appeal because I designed the cover and their logo. Yes I know it seems a rather gratuitous, vain, self-loving, self-admiring, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, conceited, self-centered, self-regarding, egotistical, bit of self promotion but isn’t that what a blog is all about anyway?
NO, Actually, I’m very excited for Joe and the Ramblers because they deserve the national attention that are getting, these guys are just flat good! This album is fantastic, and I’m not just saying that because I worked on the artwork. It features some really catchy old tunes and some great new ones as well.
The highlights of the album, for me, are their version of Smoke Along the Track and Another Day Another Dollar. Smoke along the track is one of the tunes that really puts you as a listener right in the story and plants right there in the midst of a true bluegrass train-based vignette without being cheesy of overly mellow dramatic. Another Day Another Dollar, is the true story of most of our lives. I think everyone can connect with that. The Ramblers pull it off with just the right mix of drive and bounce. Secondly, its an old tune from the 40-50s I’d guess but I don’t know, and they’ve tacked on a new verse to freshen it up and make it relevant today, which makes it a real home run. The tune has classic sentiment and simplicity, with contemporary twist and relevance, which makes for powerful stuff! Bravo!