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Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival Launches This Weekend

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Joe Mullins and the Radio RamblersXenia, OH -- The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival (SOIMF) will take place this weekend, November 7th & 8th, at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, and will celebrate the best in bluegrass music as well as a six-month long philanthropic effort by festival hosts, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers.

Celebrating the release of their newest Rebel Records CD, Another Day From Life, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers debuted the first single, "The Last Parade," at the Grand Ole Opry in May. "The Last Parade" is a powerful song written by Steve Bonafel in honor of Sgt. Nickolas Carnes of Dayton, Kentucky, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007. Following a standing ovation from a crowd of several thousand, Mullins announced a campaign to donate 100% of the proceeds from the digital download of their new single through November 6th to the Patriot Guard Riders™, a support group of motorcycle riders accessible in all 50 states, available at a family’s request, to honor and ensure dignity and respect at memorial services honoring fallen military heroes, first responders, and honorably discharged veterans.

In addition, the band and their official supply sponsor, Janet Davis Acoustic Music, along with a friend to bluegrass music and our veterans, Wilma Miller of Cedarville, Ohio, will collaborate at SOIMF to support the Cincinnati, Ohio Chapter of Guitars for Vets (G4V), a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of injured and ailing veterans through the healing power of music with free guitar lessons to vets in a structured program staffed by volunteers. Janet Davis Acoustic Music has donated a Martin guitar valued at over $1,200 and Wilma Miller has donated a patriotic-themed handmade quilt. A $5 donation per prize will allow festival attendees to enter a drawing to win either item with all proceeds given to G4V. Presentations to representatives of the Patriot Guard Riders and Guitars for Vets will take place at the event on Saturday, November 8th.

Festival doors open Friday, November 7th, at 10 A.M., with performances by host band, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Ralph Stanley II, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Bill Yates & the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, and a special appearance by Marty Raybon who has just been added to the lineup.

The award-winning talent continues on Saturday, November 8th, with performances by 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year winner Flatt Lonesome. “The past few years have seen a wealth of fantastic, young talent in bluegrass," states festival producer Joe Mullins. "The sibling harmony and professionalism of Flatt Lonesome has made them award winners!" Saturday also includes shows by Special Consensus who were honored at this year's IBMA Awards for selections from their Country Boy – A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver album. “Special Consensus has a great history, entertaining nationally now for a few decades after being founded as Chicago’s first great bluegrass act. Their John Denver tribute has been a huge success and they are enjoying a tremendous year,” says Mullins.

The picking persists with the Crowe Brothers, the Larry Stephenson Band, The Boxcars, and another performance by Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers.

In addition to two full days of award-winning music, the SOIMF will also include a special "Music, Memories & Storytelling Workshop" with bluegrass banjo man, Blake Williams on Friday, at 11:30 A.M., and Saturday, at 11 A.M., a "Jam Session Central" area for pickers and everyone will have an opportunity enter to win door prizes as well as wonderful raffle prizes including a Deering Goodtime banjo, a commemorative quilt, and tickets to the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Bluegrass Classic. SOIMF tickets are available for purchase at the door. General Admission seating for children 16 and under is free with an adult ticket purchase.

The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival is held twice annually in March and November and features nationally known acoustic music groups, including pioneers of bluegrass music, as well as a sampling of up and coming bands. Our goal is to feature bluegrass, old-time, and gospel music, combined with family fun and educational opportunities in an entertaining, smoke and alcohol-free environment.

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers have an energetic mix of quality bluegrass and gospel music, a professional presentation, inventive instrumental work, a wide variety of vocal arrangements including a cappella quartets and tasteful, down-home humor. Their professionalism and successful, heavily played recordings have kept them in demand with a national audience. They are the IBMA's 2012 Emerging Artist of the Year and are regular guests on the Grand Ole Opry. In addition, Mullins has earned 5 IBMA Awards and 3 SPBGMA Awards over the past two decades. Their previous album, They're Playing My Song reached the Billboard Bluegrass and Bluegrass Unlimited Top Ten.

A contributing factor to JMRR’s success is their active marketing capabilities, due to Mullins’ network of radio stations in the Midwest, including a 24/7 webcast.

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