PIKETON, Ohio – Southern Ohio Multimedia and SamJam Promotions, organizers of the 2016 SamJam Bluegrass Festival in Piketon, Ohio, are announcing the addition of Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers to the 2016 lineup.
Scheduled for September 2-4, the 2016 SamJam Bluegrass Festival features the most recognizable names in bluegrass music and will also include a special performance from Shenandoah, one of country music’s most iconic bands. The lineup includes multiple Grammy Award-winning performers and International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award winners.
“Adding Joe Mullins to what is an already extraordinary lineup is a big deal for our festival. Joe not only has a great band and is a staple in the bluegrass music industry, but he is also a recognizable radio personality in bluegrass and gospel circles with a program that reaches many fans,” said Rick Greene, owner of Southern Ohio Multimedia in Waverly, Ohio. “The response we’ve had to this festival has been extraordinary and bringing Joe on board takes us to another level.”
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers will begin Sunday’s entertainment, September 4, at 11:15 a.m. and will precede The Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Balsam Range and Shenandoah. The festival begins on Friday, September 2 at noon with Turning Ground, which is followed by Blue Mafia, Nightflyer, The Grascals and Adkins & Loudermilk. Saturday kicks off at noon with the host band, The Barnlizards, and is followed by Wildfire, Flatt Lonesome, Sideline and Blue Highway. The Steeldrivers will close out Saturday’s lineup with a set that begins at 10 p.m. For a breakdown of the lineup and other information on the festival, visit www.samjambluegrass.com.
Mullins’ radio program – The Banjo Show – can be heard from 2-3 p.m. daily on WBZI in Xenia, Ohio, and its Classic Country Radio affiliates throughout southern Ohio. For more information, or to listen online, visit www.myclassiccountry.com.
Sam Karr, owner of SamJam Promotions in Marshall, Ind., said Mullins’ reach in the Ohio Valley makes him a key partner.
“I’ve known Joe for many years and his program has a reach throughout the Ohio Valley and from coast-to-coast with its online presence,” Karr said. “He is an iconic figure in bluegrass music both as a performer and a broadcaster and his involvement means our festival will be heard about by bluegrass fans everywhere.”
Mullins said the quality of the lineup of the 2016 SamJam Bluegrass Festival makes the event a must stop for music fans in the region.
“Sam Karr’s passion for soulful, professional bluegrass music goes back a lifetime, and so does our friendship. SamJam 2016 has a fantastic lineup and I’m so excited to see a quality Ohio event on Labor Day weekend,” Mullins said. “We have a new gospel CD ready for 2016 and we are delighted to kickoff the Sunday show and share the day with some of the top talent in the industry.”
Mullins’ current release, Another Day From Life, has been successful and its first single – The Last Parade, in honor of Sgt. Nickolas Carnes of Dayton, Ky., who died while serving in Afghanistan in 2007 – reached No. 3 on the bluegrass charts.
Tickets for the 2016 SamJam Bluegrass Festival can be purchased at Vallery Chevrolet in Waverly, Ohio, online at www.samjambluegrass.com or at the gate. Other event sponsors besides Vallery Chevrolet include Miller Lite, State Farm Insurance (agents Megan Carroll [Chillicothe] and Angel Glass [Portsmouth]), the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama.
Reservations for water and electric hookups for recreational vehicles or campers during the festival can me made by calling Mary Conley at (740) 708-0303 while spaces remain available. For information on the festival, including how to become an event sponsor or a band sponsor, contact Rick Greene at (740) 547-9059 or Sam Karr at (812) 699-0962.