Old Mill Road Band performs at Euharlee Food Truck Friday Sept. 13


Back by popular demand, Old Mill Road Band will help the city of Euharlee wrap up its Food Truck Friday series Sept. 13.

"The Old Mill Road Band has closed our Food Truck Friday season a few times, and it feels right," said Katie Gobbi, director of the Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum. “It’s almost fall, and there is something so relaxing about bluegrass music in the fall. They always draw a great crowd and put on a really fun show.

"The band is a bluegrass/Americana band that plays originals and covers. They mix in a little country, Southern rock, blues and folk songs, too. There is something for everyone on their playlist. They have performed almost every year. I think that there was one year that we could not get our schedules worked out, but we are always happy to have them there."

The rain-or-shine event will be presented from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Frankie Harris Park, 175 Covered Bridge Road. During the complimentary offering, food and beverages will be available for purchase.

According to Gobbi, the participating food trucks and vendors will be Country Girls Southern Grub, Patty Wagon, Fire It Up BBQ & Grill, Community Coffee Shop, Flatbread Bistro, Atlanta Seafood Co. and Not As Famous Cookie Co. The Local Bar & Grill will serve as the beer vendor.

"We love this venue and always look forward to performing at this event," said Cartersville resident Brad Burel, a mandolinist and back-up vocalist for the Old Mill Road Band. "It has a very laid-back vibe and the people and vendors could not be more appreciative and supportive. Year after year, this particular event gets better and better."

With its original members working in the Cartersville School System, the Old Mill Road Band was named after the thoroughfare beside the elementary and primary schools.

Along with Burel, the group currently consists of Cartersville resident Brad Payne, guitarist and lead vocalist; Cartersville resident Ronnie Wilbanks, banjoist and back-up vocalist; and Dallas resident Mindy Rakestraw, bassist and back-up vocalist.

"Over the last 15 years, we have had several musicians — educators and noneducators — that have been a part of the band," Burel said. "Probably our most notable accomplishments have been all of the really fantastic venues and people we have had the privilege to play for and meet on our musical journey. 

"... We have never advertised the band, but are always surprised at how busy we stay. We are not your average bluegrass band. By incorporating such a wide variety of genres into our playlist, we have made ourselves a more marketable band and our performance calendar continues to grow year after year. We try our best to provide not only a musical performance, but a crowd interactive experience as well."

Established in 2014, the Euharlee Food Truck Friday features six concerts this season. Following a year's absence, the 2019's series returned with Iambic Underground’s performance in April.

"We have had a great season," Gobbi said. "Every month, we’ve been drawing record crowds despite the heat and threat of inclement weather. There are a lot of home football games this week, but I am sure we will still have a good-sized crowd.

"Last month, we had a torrential downpour in the park, but there were so many people who stayed in their cars or took shelter — and then came back out when the rain stopped. They just love it that much. We are so grateful."

For more information on Food Truck Friday, visit the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EuharleeFTF or call the Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum at 770-607-2017.