About the moonshine
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' 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, 2016 took Michael and Rachael across the country to Athens, Georgia, where they eventually hooked up with additional band members Rob Keller (Six String Drag) on bass, and classically trained violist/fiddler Nicholas Lindell. Guided by the vision of Michael’s engaging lyricism and ephemeral arrangements, this shifting cast of talented Moonshiners 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.
Lineup can vary according to needs and budget. Base lineup is Michael, Rachael, and Rob.
The Moonshine have multiple fiddle players to play with and can bring banjo into the mix as well.
Michael Gerard: Vocals, guitar, songwriting, whistles, effervescence
Rachael Renee': Vocals, harmonies, autoharp, mandolin, guitar, keys, shoutouts
Rob Keller: Harmonies, upright bass, slaps, zingers
J Elwood Johncox: Harmonies, upright bass, mouth percussion, shaker
Nicholas Lindell: Fiddle, viola
Susanna Low-Beer: Harmonies, fiddle, viola, train whistle, puns
Maxwell Countryman Skewes: Banjo, sassy jokes, slick moves