Moonsville Collective is an Americana String Band that stands firm in the traditions of Appalachia, Old Time, Folk, Country & Rhythm and Blues. The band formed in August of 2011 and hit the ground running, playing over 450 shows in 4 years throughout California, the southwest and deep south. Their heavy schedule allowed for them to quickly refine their craft and solidify their familial approach, which has been essential to the success of the group. Although half of the band resides in the southern coastal cities of the Los Angeles area , the group considers Orange County's Costa Mesa to be its musical birthplace.
They are often related to the sensibilities of folk legends Levon Helm (of The Band) and Bob Dylan, the high energy of Old Crow Medicine Show and the clever lyricism of Hank Williams and Huddy “Ledbelly” Ledbetter. This quintet is made up of multi-instrumentalists, where behind three-part vocal harmonies are a mix of dobro, resonator guitar, mandolin, 4 & 5 string tenor banjo and harmonica, all tied together by the thump of upright bass. The group is committed to being a premier live band, making every performance a high-energy, joyful and sincere interaction with listeners. The coupling of proficient musical abilities and an improvisational nature is certain to make each show a unique experience and never fails to leave an audience entertained.
Moonsville Collective released their first studio album in January of 2013, giving listeners a compilation of energetic, thoughtful and sometimes comical songs about life, death, love and sacrifice. The album was well received and helped bring them to the attention of several nationally recognized artists whom they ultimately shared the stage with. Some of these artists include Willie Watson (of Old Crow Medicine Show), Donavan Frankenreiter, The White Buffalo, Wanda Jackson, Matt Costa, Frank Fairfield, Rose’s Pawn Shop, and The Dustbowl Revival.
Moonsville Collective has headlined many of the local festivals in Southern California and have had the privilege of fostering relationships with and performing at private events for numerous major companies in the outdoor recreation industry.
Their hard work has not gone unnoticed by the local media, as they were awarded “2013 Best Country/Americana Band" at the Orange County Music Awards, “2012 Best Live Band” by OC Weekly and “Best Bluegrass/Americana Band in Orange County” by CBS Los Angeles.
In October 2015 the band released the long awaited full length album "Heavy Howl" through indie-folk label Rock Ridge Music. It genuinely combined the classic sounds of traditional American music with a hint of modern flavor, displaying an evolution of both style and musicality for the band.
Moonsville Collective is intent on bringing the sound of "California Goodtime" to the rest of the country and continue to blaze outward from Southern California. Keep an eye to the horizon and an ear to the ground for a Moonsville Collective show near you.
Corey Adams - vocals/guitar/banjos
Matthew McQueen - mandolin
"Dobro" Dan Richardson - resonator/dobro/vocals
Seth Richardson - double bass
Ryan Welch - vocals/guitar/banjos