West found himself bandless last fall when founding partner Keith Garrett and then-current bass player Harold Nixon left to form The Boxcars. Shortly thereafter, banjo man Justin Jenkins split for Grasstowne. But like bluegrass survivors before him, Chris West has pulled his feet out of the fire and created another fine record of strong songs and performances with a new young band.
West remains on guitar, with Owen Piatt on banjo, Tony Mowell on bass and vocals, and Brandon Bostic on mandolin. These are all extremely talented musicians, as this trailer from the new CD attests:
Strange New World sampler: [http://www.ruralrhythm.com/audio/albumtrailer-StrangeNewWorld-BMR.mp3]
The band is also in the process of posting videos on YouTube, one for each song on the album. Here’s the video for Hard Luck Joe.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OneHfWArkjI
You can find the rest – with more to come – on the Blue Moon Rising YouTube page.