Working like a borrowed mule is nothing new for these guys! The Borrowed Mules coalesced out of the mosh pit known as the Sunday Night bluegrass jam at the World-Famous Station Inn in
Nashville, Tennessee – a bluegrass mecca. The band line-up fluctuated early on, and during an early performance in 2018, a friend told G. Clark Shifflett, III he was going to work him ‘like a
borrowed mule.’ Considering the rotating roster, he decided it would be a great name for a band.
The line-up eventually settled into: G. Clark Shifflett, III/Guitar and vocals; Josh Ulbrich/Dobro; Jon Martin/Mandolin and vocals; Kelsey Crews/Banjo and vocals; David Mansfield, III/Fiddle and vocals; Brad Benge/percussion and upright bass; Mike Bub/upright bass; and Eddy Bell/Percussion.
Entertainment is the heart of a show featuring the Mules, and every performance blends hot pickin’, great singin’, and fun! Whether performing at fairs, festivals, radio broadcasts, or private events, the Mules bring great music coupled with crowd participation and energy. In 2019, they served as entertainment for the sixth annual Temple Theatre Sweetheart Dinner & Show which helped raise $32,000 for the restoration of the theatre.
The future is bright for The Borrowed Mules; their debut recording project, The Cookies of Discontent, is anticipated to be released fall of 2023. One reviewer recently said, “We were captivated from the first note…they entertained us also with comedic antics which had us in tears laughing. The voice of the lead singer is one of the best I have ever heard… The solos each musician played was nothing short of pure expertise…a display of brilliance.” They will continue working like The Borrowed Mules that they are, providing that crisp tonal brilliance today’s bluegrass demands.