Leslie Stevens & the Badgers
Leslie Stevens has performed her endearing Americana roots compositions on NPR and will be showcasing at the 2017 Americana Music Festival in Nashville this fall. Her solo album "The Donkey and The Rose" was recorded with Grammy-nominated artist Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids. Her upcoming record was produced by Jonathan Wilson.
Both listeners and reviewers consistently offer warm praise for Leslie's pitch-perfect tone and her voice which evokes Patsy Cline, Neko Case and Emmylou Harris.
Leslie's vocal harmonies can be heard on releases by both Jonathan Wilson and Father John Misty. She has toured nationally with Elizabeth Cook, Roky Erickson & Okkervil River and The Milk Carton Kids. She has also had the privilege of singing live with Lucinda Williams, Dawes, John Fogerty, Jim James, Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Bob Weir, Jonathan Wilson, Jenny O. and Tom Petty's Heartbreakers.
Moonsville is a Southern California band that writes songs shoveled from the soil that surrounds them. During an age of short attention spans and speedy business, the band draws their inspiration from a simple well and holds firm to the truth that good songs can hold a persons hand through hard times and help steroid the joy when life is storm less.
As young nomads from the suburbs of Los Angeles, they began their musical fostering by allowing themselves to be adopted into the Central California scene, sitting-in on jug band and old-time music circles where an infectious and pure spirit of “music for music’s sake” lived. Injecting that same spirit into their songs and their lives became their quest. Moonsville, like a train station, always had players and characters stopping in from time to time to play, drink, chat and record. Although recent recognition has ushered them onto bigger stages, the bands roots will always find harvest in low-lit bars, drunken alleys and the hobo lullabies.
Before 2017, the band recorded 2 studio albums, toured the country, and played countless shows sharing the stage with The White Buffalo, Charlie Parr and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, among others. Moonsville pulls poetry from their LA home terrain, riddled with potholed streets and rusted jukeboxes, and also from their out-of city get-aways, to create a field where their songs can sprout.
In a focus to bottle their current prolificacy, Moonsville has committed to recording and releasing 4 EP’s (20 songs) in 2017. With multi-instrumentalists and several songwriters in the band, they keep their Americana style variable; always open to experimentation and the blurring of genre lines. One of the songwriters, Corey Adams says; “Vol. II is different than Vol I in that we kept the instrumentation intentionally limited to see what we could do with less options.”
This second release of the quarterly EP’s exhibits band’s storytelling. From a head-bobbing sea song about the ebb and flow of infatuation and misty dock love; to a song that undulates like the hills of the California coast and, asks questions and comforts the Beloved. Moonsville’s lyrics set the scene and rely heavily on the mandolin and baritone guitar to give the songs their color and character. The third song is an upbeat jammer, laced with organ and dancing solos, where the lyrics to the chorus is the bands perspective looking out at the people watching them. “This EP is descriptive in its storytelling and the music is intended to transport the listener somewhere far away or somewhere deeper in,” says Ryan Welch, one of the bands writers. The fourth song is a love song that is cloaked in nostalgia and intimacy and speaks of holding on together and building those exclusive, treasured places. In the final track the music acts as an invitation into the story of a city, a walking guide to its open streets and closed doors. With songs rolling in like coastal fog, Moonsville is halfway in the process of building their 2017 song catalogue.
"Moonsville II is an upbeat, string-driven, lyrical tapestry merging the best parts of storytelling country and traditional folk influences. It has me eagerly anticipating the forthcoming releases in the Moonsville series while basking in this album’s Americana vibes.”
Los Angeles’ Moonsville Collective makes music for music’s sake. And in 2017, the Americana quintet with rootsy undertones is making a lot of it.
In a lot of ways, the group is the living embodiment of what “Americana” means.
"Finds a sonic space tucked comfortably between artists like Old Crow Medicine Show while enjoying both the classic sentiment and more recent pop stylings of Avett Brothers balladry.”