Roll On Mississippi – Red Camel Collective

by | 11 Mar, 2024 | 0 comments

Roll On Mississippi From Red Camel Collective.

After announcing their formation as a band late last year, Red Camel Collective has announced the release of their debut single, Roll On Mississippi – out now. The group consists of current Junior Sisk Band touring members Heather Berry Mabe, Tony Mabe, Curt Love and Johnathan Dillon.

Fans can download and/or stream the full song here.

Roll On Mississippi is one of our favourite Charley Pride songs. We are so excited to share our Bluegrass take on this classic. Come take a riverboat ride with us to a simpler time on the banks of the Mississippi, and stay a while…the water is fine – Authentic Unlimited.

Roll On MississippiAs previously mentioned, Roll On Mississippi is a song that was originally made famous by Country legend Charley Pride, when he released it in 1981. When Red Camel Collective went into the studio, the goal was to pay tribute to the late legend, but with a Bluegrass twist.

The band’s latest rendition is packed with energy and vitality, created to uplift the spirits of listeners. It features lead vocals and guitar from Heather Berry Mabe, who delivers a fresh and vibrant approach. She’s joined by Tony Mabe on harmony vocals and banjo, Jonathan Dillon playing mandolin, Curt Love performing bass, Gaven Largent on resonator guitar and Stephen Burwell playing fiddle. It was also co-produced, mixed and mastered by studio veteran Steve Wilson.

The group is currently in the Bonfire Recording Studio working on the full album, which is set for release later this year. Fans can expect to hear an array of different elements, including new material, classic hits, and plenty of inspiration from their years as part of the award-winning Junior Sisk Band. As a way of honouring their journey, they’re also paying homage to Sisk with the new name, which is inspired by his recording The Man in Red Camels.

To learn more about the band, check out their newly launched website at or follow along on Facebook for the latest news and journey developments! They are also currently booking a limited number of tour dates for this fall and winter to bring their music to new audiences.

Official Roll On Mississippi Video:


About Red Camel Collective:

Heather Berry-Mabe, born and raised in Sherando, Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, grew up playing and singing bluegrass, folk, country, and gospel music. Over the years she has recorded several albums including two for Tom T. & the late Miss Dixie Hall’s label, Blue Circle Records. She has sang all over the country at many different venues including the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. A two time IBMA award winner for her work with the Daughters of Bluegrass, and a two time SPBGMA female vocalist of the year nominee, Heather has been gifted with a “mountain clear voice,” to quote Miss Dixie Hall.

Tony Mabe, Jr. resides with his wife Heather in his hometown of Walnut Cove, North Carolina. He has been playing music since the age of six, when he pecked out his first hymn on the piano with no instruction whatsoever. Since that time he’s mastered many instruments including the piano, bluegrass and clawhammer style banjo, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, bass, and trumpet. Over the years he’s played with several well known bluegrass bands including, The James King Band, The Jeanette Williams Band, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Bobby Atkins & The Countrymen, and Travers Chandler & Avery County.

He has won and placed numerous times at fiddlers conventions with his banjo, including his second place prize at the Allegheny Fiddlers Convention in the clawhammer category in 2010, and third place at the Galax Fiddlers Convention on bluegrass banjo in 2011. His musicianship is exceptional and first class and his vocals are soulful and pure.

Johnathan Dillon, from Wirtz, VA, began playing music at the age of seven. Jon started with mandolin then later moved on to banjo, guitar, and bass. He began playing local shows with his band The Johnathan Dillon Band for about five years. Later he spent three years as a member of Michelle Nixon & Drive where he recorded one album, A Place I Belong. In August of 2013 he began touring as a member of Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice. Johnathan lists some of his mandolin influences as Dempsey Young, Adam Steffey, Doyle Lawson, Herschel Sizemore and Dan Tyminski, just to name a few.

In addition to playing with Red Camel Collective, Jon has been a member of the Junior Sisk Band for 10 years. He is a talented young man, playing and singing at the very top level. He also has driven bus for too many bands to mention here. He is a stellar bus mechanic and driver.

Curt Love was 3 years old when he heard bluegrass for the first time. It was at a IIIrd Tyme Out concert and until then, he didn’t really care for music. But that soon changed and he fell in love with bluegrass. At 8 years old, Curt got a mandolin from his great uncle and tried to learn to play it although he says, he was never very good.

One of Bill Monroe’s former banjo players, Bill Simpson, helped him learn a great deal on it and gave him some pointers when he decided to start learning the banjo later on. Thirteen year old Love, bought his first banjo and played it all the time. Eventually he started getting out playing with other musicians and went to a local jam where he met Gary and Sandy Hatley. Incidentally, Gary later became Curt’s electronics instructor in college. Gary and Sandy also took him to his first bluegrass festival, the Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver bluegrass festival in Denton, NC.

Through the years they have immersed Curt in bluegrass taking him along to festivals, shows, fiddlers conventions, and even Nashville a few times. They have a family band, The Hatley Family, and they have all been very kind and generous in helping Curt along his musical journey. Curt even played his first official gig with them. Over time, Love picked up on playing bass and guitar as well, and another talented, multi-instrumentalist from North Carolina was born. Curt Love has played banjo in a few local and done some fill in work for several bands as well. As well as playing with Red Camel Collective, is has been a member of the Junior sisk band for 4 years.


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