Blue Mule

Blue Mule is celebrating almost seventeen years together.  Starting with the core four; Tom Ohmsen on mandolin, Tim Rhodes on banjo, Eli Williams on guitar and vocals and John McBroom on bass and vocals, Blue Mule explores the “New Grass” horizons of music from an acoustic platform.  Having recorded five CD’s to date, Blue Mule searches for a sound both unique and familiar.  They have worked hard to absorb the lessons of their musical heroes and role models-legends of the contemporary acoustic music scene such as Sam Bush, David Grisman, Tony Rice and Bela Fleck, to name just a few.  In a typical performance, they’re likely to follow a Bill Monroe song with one by the Grateful Dead, or a Steel Driver’s tune into a Count Basie classic.  With special guest and frequent sit-in Kris Hodges on drums, Blue Mule treaded on slightly more driven rhythms with their 2012 release “This Way or That”, which added a greater dynamic to the overall sound of the band.  Recently joining the band, fiddle extraordinaire Jerry Wood has been a wonderful addition to the sound as well.  Adding his sweet fiddle to the Blue Mule collective on all the albums, Jerry now graces the stage with Blue Mule as well.  Jerry has also added a vocal presence that has pushed the band into new and fun vocal territories.  A Blue Mule show is like no other.  Always trying to push the musical envelope a little bit further.