The Po' Ramblin' Boys

  • Dates: September 28, 2018
  • Venue: Dance Tent
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 10 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Admission: Free


There's something about the music of The Po' Ramblin' Boys that cuts right through the noise of the world and speaks plainly to the soul. Formed in the Smoky Mountains, The Po' Ramblin' Boys are at once exactly what you would expect and not at all what you would expect from a tattooed East Tennessee bluegrass outfit. No strangers to hard work, the boys are as much at home riding in their 1965 GM Tour bus as they are crawling underneath to fix it when it needs maintenance. But they take pride in being ambassadors of their genre, and the group has brought their music from rural bluegrass festival stages to the rock clubs of Europe, with stunning results. The Po' Ramblin' Boys' passion for bluegrass is as clear as it is contagious. With a heavy touring schedule across the United States and Europe and a recently signed record deal with the esteemed Rounder Records, the Boys are well on their way to becoming the quintessential bluegrass band of their generation. Despite all of their recent success, they maintain a humble perspective. CJ Lewandowski, the group's founder, primarily plays mandolin and sings; when he was first approached to play music regularly for the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Sevierville, Tennessee, he reached out to long time music friends Jereme Brown (banjo) and Josh Rinkel (guitar). Jasper Lorentzen (bass) rounds out the outfit. Material for the group's debut album, Back To The Mountains, was a combination of original songs and old numbers that honor the group's mentors and bluegrass heroes. This year, they were nominated as an IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year.