Remembering Paul “Moon” Mullins (September 24, 1936 – August 3, 2008) became a country fiddle player and it was as a performer of gospel music and gospel-tinged bluegrass that he became best known. He worked with various bands, including the Stanley Brothers and was with the Boys From. The band appeared at the Grand Ole Opry and also at the White House during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. In 1989, the group’s stature was officially recognized when they were proclaimed Ambassadors of Bluegrass by the Indiana state governor. Mullins also led his own groups playing bluegrass and gospel: the Backwoods Boys Quartet, the Gospel Melody-Ettes and the Bluegrass Gospel Aires.
About the authorI enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie