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Moonsville, named after a home in the sky, is a band that writes songs that are trimmed from the fat of the American experience. During a time of high saturation and modern pace, the band draws from a slower and simpler time with the belief that good songs can still save, move and speak.

As young ramblers from the suburbs of recession in Los Angeles, they began their musical formation by taking refuge in Central California and 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 own community became their quest. Moonsville started as a collective, a group for musicians to come and go while fine-tuning their chops. They cheerfully and often drunkenly sang their voices hoarse at homegrown hootenannies and local bars that had never heard covers of C.C. Rider and Goodnight Irene.

In 2013, the band changed its course. Deciding it was time to chisel their own hometown sound, they set out to explain and narrate their lives and their California while curbing their reliance on old-time tunes. Since then, they have recorded 2 albums of original music, toured the country, and played countless shows sharing the stage with The White Buffalo, Willie Watson and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, among others. Moonsville pairs their LA reality of flickering neon signs and mariachi dive bars with their out-of town travels to form a landscape where their songs can grow, emoting a heart of contentment for what’s been given and a desire for the beyond.

Moonsville is dedicating the next year to recording 4 EP’s (20 songs) in a focus to capture their current prolificacy. With multi-instrumentalists and several songwriters in the band, they keep their Americana style variable, always allowing for experimentation and the blurring of genre lines. One of the songwriters, Ryan Welch says; “Each song has a different feel but the consistency lies in the history of us playing together and the trust we have in each other to make good decisions.”

This first release of the quarterly EP’s will exhibit the band’s versatility. From a heavy hitting rock anthem about being on the road to a harmony laden progressive old time song about being home, Moonsville uses their lyrics to contrast the duality of being independent and dependent. Those are followed by an aching ballad about sharing your name with the woman you love and what that entails, which echoes the emotion of an old country song. “This EP exposes our tough and tender,” says another of Moonsville’s songwriters, Corey Adams. The fourth song is a unifying commentary on being raised in America and speaks to having it all and giving it back. In the final track, a mystical folk tale, they laugh at the ways of the world and the futility of going it alone. With a definitive vision of relying on quality songwriting, a fine tuned team, and a gritty drive to reach beyond the cul-de- sac of suburbia, Moonsville presses on.

There is a communal spirit to [Moonsville Collective’s] music that carries a certain warmth, like passing a bottle of whiskey around with your closest friends.
— Neil Ferguson, Glide Magazine

Moonsville Collective Proudly uses:

AWARDS
2013 Best Country/Americana Band - OC Music Awards
2013 Best Bluegrass/Americana Band in Orange County - CBS LA
2012 Best Live Band - OC Weekly
City of Long Beach Taste of Downtown Event, Chili & Beer Fest, other Private Long Beach City Parties

NOTABLE EVENTS
NAMM '15 (GoPro Main Stage)
Bang Fest!
Long Beach Folk Revival Festival (headliner)
City of Long Beach Taste of Downtown Event, Chili & Beer Fest, other Private Long Beach City Parties
City of Irvine Global Village Festival
City of Costa Mesa 50th Anniversary  
Catalina Island Concert Series Summer (2012)
HangarFest 2014, Hangar 24 Craft Beer and Music Festival
Sausage & Beer Festival at Highland Springs Resort (August '12,'13'14)
Vestal Village
KROQ N' Surf Music & Beer Festival, Irvine, CA
OC Music Awards Performance 2013

SHARED THE STAGE WITH
Donovan Frankenreiter
Matt Costa
Twin Forks (Dashboard Confessional)
Willie Watson (Old Crow)
White Buffalo
Wanda Jackson
Chevy Metal (Foo Fighters)
Zebra Head
Johnny Two Bags (Social Distortion)
X
Buzzcocks
Los Lobos
Dave & Phil Alvin
The Knitters
Junior Brown
Delta Spirit
Rose's Pawn Shop
Pawnshop Kings

Corporate & Community Connections

Sanuk Footwear
Jansport
GoPro
Toes on the Nose (surf brand)
HippyTree
Iron & Resin
Tahoe SUP Stand Up Paddle Board
Kayak Magazine
Whittier Presbyterian Hospital
Matix Clothing
Orange County Parks System
Vestal Village
Barrelhouse Brewery
Hangar 24 Beer
7th Street Surf Shop, Long Beach
Thalia Street Surf Shop, Laguna Beach
Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach
Mission Viejo Country Club, Mission Viejo
Pelican Hill Resort & Golf Course, Newport Beach, CA
Methodist Church Rancho Santa Marguerita, CA
San Juan Capistrano Ecology Center
OC Weekly
Calico Syndicate Fly Fishing