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, 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.
Dan Richardson - Dobro, Lap Steel Baritone, Vocals