After a whirlwind of playing and traveling, I’ve finally got some time to sit down and write an update. The Joe Val Bluegrass Festival back in February kicked off a slew of gigs for the Moonlight Ramblers, and marked our first appearance at a major bluegrass festival. March started off at the Mountain View Bluegrass Festival in Arkansas, where our old buddy Nick DeSebastian lent his bass skills to Lukas, Bronwyn, and me. The hardcore bluegrass fans appreciated our dedication to the music’s roots, as well as our original material, and the sunny southern hospitality was ever so palpable.
As we bid ado to Nick, the trio headed back east to play a ton of St. Paddy’s Day gigs in my home state of NJ. A special house concert in Nutley, an intimate performance at The Birdhouse in beautiful Lambertville, and my dad singing, shouting, and dancing along with the pub patrons all weekend were among the highlights.
Nate Sabat joined us once again, and the full foursome of the Moonlight Ramblers headed up to Maine to open for the Tricky Britches at the beautiful City Theatre in Biddeford. The next day, we entered The Studio in Portland, where we worked with the extremely talented engineer Steve Drown, and tracked 5 songs for an EP that will be released later this year!
Now with, plenty of time at home, it’s time to focus on the projects to come: finishing the Hoot and Holler EP, preparing for Lukas Pool’s solo album, and getting ready for a summer of touring and festivals. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on all that, a Moonlight Ramblers website, and facebook page, the Red Line Roots “Locals Covering Locals” album, and much more. Until then, enjoy this video of the Moonlight Ramblers (featuring John Mailander on Mandolin) playing Forty Years of Trouble, a bluegrass classic!