Moonsville Collective is an Americana String Band that stands firm in the traditions of Old Time, Folk, Country and Rhythm and Blues. The band formed in August of 2011 in Costa Mesa, California and hit the ground running, having played some 250 shows throughout California, Nevada and Utah in the two years following. Their heavy schedule allowed for them to quickly refine their craft and soldify their family mentality, which has been essential to the success of the group.
They are often related to, and spoken of carrying the sensibilities of folk legends Levon Helm (of The Band) and Bob Dylan, the high energy of Old Crow Medicine Show, and clever lyrics like those of Hank Williams and Huddy "Ledbelly" Ledbetter. This sextet is made up of multi-instrumentalists where behind three part vocal harmonies is a mix of dobro, slide guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, 5 string banjo, resonator guitar, fiddle, mouth harp, kazoo, and a tight rhythm section of upright bass and loose drums about the stage.
OC Weekly Voted "Best Live Band of 2012″
Orange County Music Awards "Best Americana Group" 2013
CBS Los Angeles "Best Bluegrass/Americana Group in Orange County"
"The musicians in Moonsville Collective know their songs are always coming up through the landscape–the tradition. They negotiate their way through the ghosts of American history. That struggle we all feel fighting against the isolation of the rootlessness in an age of anxiety…You get to hear and see a music that emerges out of a group of artists who live and pick and sing and think and drink and eat and pray and swear together." - Matt Shedd, No Depression
David Luning's music has been called "gritty, joyful, soulful Americana." His earnest songwriting, lively story telling, and rich, captivating voice would have you believe you're listening to a hardened veteran of Nashville.
His debut album Just Drop on By was released to rave reviews and has garnered Luning numerous film placements as well as many songwriting awards. His live show has been best described as high energy, fun, yet with a full spectrum of dynamic emotional content."