Moonsville is a Southern California band that writes songs about the terrain of their own stories and lives. During an age of short attention spans and speedy business, the band draws their inspiration from a simple well and holds firm to the truth that good songs can carry people through hard times and can increase the light when life lands you on the shadowy side of the street.
As young ramblers from the suburbs of Los Angeles, they began their musical fostering by allowing themselves to be adopted into the Central California scene, sitting-in on jug band and old-time music circles where an infectious and pure spirit of “music for music’s sake” lived. Injecting that same spirit into their songs and their lives became their quest. Moonsville, like a train station, always had players and characters stopping in from time to time to play, drink, chat and record. They’ve recently landed on a concrete five-person roster but often times still have friends sit in on certain shows. Although recent recognition has ushered them onto bigger stages, the bands roots will always find harvest in low-lit bars, drunken alleys and the hobo lullabies.
Before 2017, the band recorded 2 studio albums of original music, toured the country, and played countless shows sharing the stage and line-up on certain occasions with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The White Buffalo, Charlie Parr, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jackson Browne and Willie Watson among others. Moonsville pulls poetry from their LA home and also from their out-of city getaways, to create a field where their songs can sprout.
Moonsville has now fulfilled their own commitment to record 4 EP’s (20 songs) in 2017. With multi-instrumentalists and several songwriters in the band, they keep their Americana style variable; always open to experimentation and the blurring of genre lines. The finished EP’s end a prolific year for the band and another batch of songs to add to the California canon.
"Nods to the greats of the Americana and folk worlds, but it spins a yarn all its own, proving that this Collective just may become the new torchbearers for an old, American genre. - Elmore Magazine
Los Angeles’ Moonsville Collective makes music for music’s sake. And in 2017, the Americana quintet with rootsy undertones is making a lot of it. In a lot of ways, the group is the living embodiment of what “Americana” means. -Wide Open Country
Moonsville Collective gather American Root sounds, taking the seeds of Old Time Music, R&B, Folk Rock, and Americana, planting them into the welcoming soil of California Country. -Alt Root (Top 10 Songs of the Week)
SHARED THE STAGE WITH
Tom Petty, Jackson Brown, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Willie Watson (Old Crow Medicine Show) Ry Cooder, White Buffalo, JD McPherson, Wanda Jackson, Aoife O'donovan" , Sara & Sean Watkins (Nickle Creek) John Doe (X), Sam Outlaw, Chuck Reagan, The White Buffalo, The Dustbowl Revival, Los Lobos, Dave & Phil Alvin, The Knitters, Junior Brown, Rose's Pawn Shop, JP Harris, Smooth Hound Smith, Donovan Frankeinreiter, Matt Costa, Johnny Two Bags (Social Distortion), Willy Tea Taylor (Good Luck Thrift Store), Smooth Hound Smith, Front Country, Charlie Parr, The Get Down Boys.
KABOO Music Festival with Tom Petty, Jackson Brown (2017)
Americana Music Awards - Station Inn - Nashville (2016)
Pappy & Harriets - (2 years Sold Out shows)
Long Beach Folk Revival Festival ('13,'14,'15,'16, 17)
NAMM Show (GoPro Main Stage) (2016)
Bang Fest! - The Observatory (2016)
Echo Park Uprising (2015)
BuzzFeed Corporate Event (2015)
Flood Magazine Release Party (2017)
2016 Surf Expo - Orlando, FL. (2016)
Long Beach Great Beer Festival (2016)
City of Costa Mesa 50th Anniversary (2016)
2014 Hangar 24 Craft Beer and Music Festival (2015)
Beer Festival at Highland Springs Resort (August '12,'13'14)
Vestal Village Coachella (2016)
Outdoor Retailer - Salt Lake City, Ut. (2013-2014)
KROQ N' Surf Music & Beer Festival, Orange, CA (2014)
OC Music Awards Performance (2013)
Catalina Island Concert Series Summer (2012)
2013 Best Country/Americana Band - OC Music Awards
2013 Best Bluegrass/Americana Band - CBS LA
2012 Best Live Band - OC Weekly
Corporate & Community Connections
L.R. Baggs, Ernie Ball, Deering Banjo, HippyTree, Iron & Resin Tres, Tres Noir Sunglasses, Sanuk Footwear, Jansport, Go Pro, Flood, Magazine, Surfaid, Toes on the Nose, Long Beach Film Co., California National Parks, Tahoe SUP Stand Up Paddle Co., Kayak Magazine, Matix Clothing, Orange County State Parks, Vestal Village, Hangar 24 Beer Festival, Thalia Street Surf Shop, Laguna Beach Pelican Hill Resort & Golf Course, Newport Beach, CA. San Juan Capistrano Ecology Center, Calico Syndicate Fly Fishing, Beachwood Brewery, The Wayfarer Costa Mesa.