Blue Moon Rising – back with a new lineup

After being decimated late last year by the departure of three of its four members, Chris West is back with a new version of Blue Moon Rising. He’s picked up three young crackerjack pickers and is heading in to the studio soon to start work on a new CD for Rural Rhythm.

West will be on guitar and lead vocals, joined by Owen Piatt on banjo, Tony Mowell on bass, and Brandon Bostic on mandolin. Chris is well pleased with his new band.

“I’m really proud of the way the music’s sounding with the new guys in the band and that Blue Moon Rising still sound like Blue Moon Rising. Brandon, Tony, and Owen are all not only great vocalists and musicians, but they all have great personalities as well which has made rebuilding the band a bunch of fun!

The new material for our new Rural Rhythm Records release is coming along very nicely. We’ve got a weekend block booked at Slack Key Studio the last weekend in March with Randy Kohrs and are very much looking forward to getting knee-deep in the recording process. Randy runs a great studio and his awesome dobro playing will also be featured on the new album.

Plans are for the record to have an early fall release.”

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.