The Ramblin' Letters
Formed in 2008, The Ramblin’ Letters have become one of New Orleans’ most popular bluegrass bands. The Ramblin’ Letters are Michael Millet on guitar and lead vocals, John Norwood on dobro and mandolin, John Depriest on banjo, Harry Hardin on fiddle, and Will Jordan on upright bass. They play traditional and gospel bluegrass in the old time style. The Ramblin’ Letters take their name from the song, “I Don’t Want Your Ramblin’ Letters,” by one of their greatest influences, the Stanley Brothers.
The Ramblin’ Letters have been getting a lot of attention with their song relating to the BP oil spill, Sportsman’s Paradise (AKA Paradise Lost), a parody of the John Prine’s song Paradise. After a live WWOZ performance in May, they were asked to perform the song live on the BBC to an estimated 193 million listeners, and they got mentioned in the L.A. Times. Sportsman’s Paradise has been getting regular airplay on WWOZ & WTUL and was included in a 2010 year in review program on PRX public radio. The song has also been sung by various folk singers at festivals around the nation, some reworking and rewording it themselves.
The Ramblin' Letters play a lot in and around the New Orleans area, with regular gigs on Frenchmen, the French Quarter, Uptown, on the Northshore, and in Mississippi. More recently they have graced the stage at New Orleans icons Tipitina's, the Maple Leaf, Le Bon Temps, Abita Springs Opry, French Quarter Festival and Audubon Zoo. They are gaining a reputation for their talented instrumentation, rich vocal harmonies, acapella songs, and marathon sets.