“The Moonshine gets the musical heritage of my Appalachian Mountains. There is conscious blending of the old and new here, sort of like moonshine in a martini glass...except this works better.”
— Dave Stallard, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine
The Moonshine is an idea on the rise. Taking the magic of the stringband as their foundation and journeying through the wilds of all music that has shaped them, this music is original and dynamic, with deep roots into Folk, Indie Rock, Oldtime, Gypsy and Cajun traditions.
After a chance meeting on a fire escape in Portland, Oregon, the husband and wife duo at the core of The Moonshine fell - luckily not off the fire escape - but instead in love, and they've been making music together since 2005. Songwriter Michael Gerard Levasseur (Michael the Blind) and multi-instrumentalist Rachael Renee' Levasseur founded the postmodern stringband The Moonshine in 2012 along with longtime bassist/musical partner J Elwood Johncox and freshly recruited gypsy/old-time fiddler Susanna Low-Beer. Together they toured the Western United States extensively and created their first album in this format. In 2015, with the departure of their clawhammer banjo player, they brought the inimitable Maxwell Countryman Skewes into the fold to add bluegrass banjo textures. Just after releasing their second album, Michael and Rachael took a 3 year long detour to Athens, Georgia, and the surrounding South, before winding right back up in the Pacific Northwest's City of Roses. Guided by the vision of Michael’s engaging lyricism and ephemeral arrangements, this cast of fun-loving lunatics bring their vibrating strings and vocal chords to original rock and roll songs, grassed-out rock covers, rocked-out bluegrass covers, and their indie rock take on old-time classics.
Michael Gerard: Vocals, guitar, songwriting, whistles, effervescence
Rachael Renee': Vocals, harmonies, autoharp, mandolin, guitar, keys, shoutouts
Susanna Low-Beer: Harmonies, fiddle, viola, train whistle, puns
Darren Moore: Upright bass, bounce, loving kindness
Rob Keller: Harmonies, upright bass, slaps, zingers
Nicholas Lindell: Fiddle, viola J Elwood Johncox: Harmonies, upright bass, mouth percussion, shaker
Maxwell Countryman Skewes: Banjo, sassy jokes, slick moves
J Elwood Johncox: Harmonies, upright bass, mouth percussion, shaker