Industrial Strength Bluegrass Album Release Concert Livestream

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Industrial Strength Bluegrass Album Release Concert


  • Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers

  • The Isaacs

  • The Caleb Daugherty Band

  • Rhonda Vincent and The Rage

March 27, 2021

Schedule of Events

Noon: Pre-show

1:00 PM: Is Kentucky really the Bluegrass State?

1:15 PM: Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers

3:00 PM: The Isaacs

5:00 PM: Joe Mullins interviews Bobby Osborne

6:00 PM: The Book and Recording: A Look Inside

6:30 PM: The Caleb Daugherty Band

7:30 PM: Rhonda Vincent and The Rage

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The Book:

Industrial Strength Bluegrass:

Southwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy

In the twentieth century, Appalachian migrants seeking economic opportunities relocated to southwestern Ohio, bringing their music with them. Between 1947 and 1989, they created an internationally renowned capital for the thriving bluegrass music genre, centered on the industrial region of Cincinnati, Dayton, Hamilton, Middletown, and Springfield. Fred Bartenstein and Curtis W. Ellison edit a collection of eyewitness narratives and in-depth analyses that explore southwestern Ohio’s bluegrass musicians, radio broadcasters, recording studios, record labels, and performance venues, along with the music’s contributions to religious activities, community development, and public education. As the bluegrass scene grew, southwestern Ohio's distinctive sounds reached new fans and influenced those everywhere who continue to play, produce, and love roots music.

Revelatory and multifaceted, Industrial Strength Bluegrass shares the inspiring story of a bluegrass hotbed and the people who created it.

Contributors: Fred Bartenstein, Curtis W. Ellison, Jon Hartley Fox, Rick Good, Lily Isaacs, Ben Krakauer, Mac McDivitt, Nathan McGee, Daniel Mullins, Joe Mullins, Larry Nager, Phillip J. Obermiller, Bobby Osborne, and Neil V. Rosenberg.

Industrial Strength Bluegrass


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The Album: Available March 26TH, 2021Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy

During the middle decades of the 20th century, the factories of southwestern Ohio drew hundreds of thousands of migrants from Appalachia, including innumerable musicians. Industrial Strength Bluegrass celebrates the music that these migrants made and loved, and explores a pivotal moment in the history of bluegrass and country music at large. Produced by beloved performer and radio personality Joe Mullins, the collection features a stellar lineup of bluegrass stalwarts including Rhonda Vincent, Bobby Osborne, and Mullins himself, taking on tunes that have echoed across Ohio for decades. This group of some of the biggest names in bluegrass today pays tribute to the jubilant highs and lonesome lows of life amongst the factories and warehouses, reflecting the region’s rich culture and resilient people.

Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy

Available March 26th, 2021

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