• The Po' Ramblin' Boys

  • About

    Born in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains, springing to life with all the zest and zeal you’d expect from a 1940s-style Tennessee bluegrass band, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys have rambled far from home, touring throughout the United States and Europe.

     

    Yet, these four friends – C.J. Lewandowski (Vocals, Mandolin), Jereme Brown (Vocals, Banjo), Josh ‘Jug’ Rinkel (Vocals, Guitar) and Jasper Lorentzen (Bass) – remain close to their musical roots by cranking out some of the tightest and hardest-driving traditional bluegrass you’ll find anywhere.

     

    “We want to be known for keeping the old music alive, and making some new music that’s still close to the roots,” says Lewandowski, a native Missourian who is the group’s eldest member as well as its lead singer and mandolin player. “A tree can’t stand without its roots. So we are just trying to keep those roots alive. We want to complement and not take away.”

     

    “We want to take the best from all the bluegrass pioneers,” added Brown, the band’s youngest member and a fourth-generation banjo player whose own roots include a grandmother raised just a stone’s throw from Bill Monroe’s hometown of Rosine, Ky. “That’s why C.J. plays the Monroe-style mandolin, and I play a Ralph Stanley-style banjo. It all ties together. It works.”

     

    It works, all right. It works like a Missouri mule. Just ask the band’s fast-growing legion of fans. Whether they’re playing a standard by bluegrass giants Bill Monroe or Ralph Stanley or a new heartbreaker penned by rhythm guitarist Rinkel, there’s an unmistakable energy to it. The hard-driving bass pounds like a jackhammer as it keeps time; the melodic rhythm hooks you deep with the first note and doesn’t let go until the last playful note of the banjo.

     

    “We are all on the same musical footing,” says Lewandowski. “We’re all big into rhythm and timing, so we build off of that.”

     

    Signed to Randm Records in 2015, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys are coming out of the gate strong with their debut album, “Back To The Mountains”, released worldwide on February 5th, 2016

  • Music

    From our debut album, "Back To The Mountains", out now on Randm Records.

     

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  • Tour Dates

  • Video

    The Po' Ramblin' Boys

    Are You Homesick In Carolina [Live]

    The Po' Ramblin' Boys

    Drive Myself To Drinkin' [Live]

    The Po' Ramblin' Boys

    At Barley's Behind The Barn, Part 1

    The Po' Ramblin' Boys

    At Barley's Behind The Barn, Part 2

  • Press

    "The debut album from the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Back to the Mountains, is music for people like my dad. Old school bluegrass fans, who grew up on Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanleys, who believe that Bill Monroe set the rules for bluegrass music and albums without banjo might as well be thrown out the window. It’s also music for people like me, and people like you, and even your hipster friend who thinks Mumford and Sons is really cool. Though at the core of things, the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys fully embrace the retro sound of the 1950s, and do it very well, the sheer energy they do it with is what really stands out about them. They seem to truly love what they are doing, and because of that, I think many listeners will too." - John Curtis Goad, Bluegrass Today

    Po’ Ramblin’ Boys on Best of Bluegrass
    http://bluegrasstoday.com/po-ramblin-boys-on-best-of-bluegrass

    Drive Myself To Drinkin’ from Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
    http://bluegrasstoday.com/drive-myself-to-drinkin-from-po-ramblin-boys

    Back To The Mountains – Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
    http://bluegrasstoday.com/back-to-the-mountains-po-ramblin-boys

    SPBGMA 2016 Notes

    http://bluegrasstoday.com/spbgma-2016-notes

     

    Po’ Ramblin’ Boys to Randm Records

    http://bluegrasstoday.com/po-ramblin-boys-to-randm-records

     

    Po’ Ramblin’ Boys in Europe

    http://bluegrasstoday.com/po-ramblin-boys-get-a-haircut-in-europe

     

    Po’ Ramblin’ Boys head to Burkenreid

    http://bluegrasstoday.com/po-ramblin-boys-head-to-burkenreid

     

    Po’ Ramblin’ Boys Crossing The Pond

    http://bluegrasstoday.com/po-ramblin-boys-crossing-the-pond

    Po' Ramblin' Boys - Walking Shoes & Tennessee 1949
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=213&v=xswlgdpefuk

  • Back To The Mountains

    Pick up a copy of our new album - Vinyl, CD, or Digital Download!

     

    "When I hear The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys I’m taken back to when I first fell in love with this music. Each is a master of their craft, but it’s the special joy they take in playing it “the old time way” that commands your attention. This music hails from a time before people saw bluegrass and country music as separate things, and the band accomplishes that most difficult of musical tasks by capturing the manic energy of their live shows in the studio." - John Lawless, Bluegrass Today

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