With a rootsy sound that belies their Los Angeles area roots, Moonsville Collective have come into their own on sublime third release “Heavy Howl.” The seven-member outfit was born out of a series of old-time jam sessions and songwriting circles and that collaborative spirit remains front and center in the music that they make.
“There are seven of us in the band, and everyone helps shape the songs,” notes Ryan Welch, who plays guitar and banjo in addition to sharing vocal duties. “We all bring a lot of influences to the table, and it becomes this big pot that gets stirred and mixed up into our own sound.”
Welch is joined in Moonsville Collective by co-founder Corey Adams, Seth Richardson, Drew Martin, Matthew McQueen, “Dobro” Dan Richardson and Sean Kibler. They have developed into a first-rate Americana band whose influences include such heavyweights as Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, John Fogerty and Hank Williams.
The 12-track, 45-minute album gets off to a terrific start with “Blue Money Grove,” “Big Jimmy” and “Rollin’ in Paradise,” and Moonsville Collective also deliverthe goods on keepers “End of the Line,” “Cow and the Cream, “Live It Up,” “Chickens Hate Heat” and “Champagne Charlie.” Enjoy, y’all. (Jeffrey Sisk)