When I first fell into the black hole known as Texas Country, JB and the Moonshine band was one of the first bands that started my love for this scene. They just cast their line and as they were watching their bobber float, they hooked me and just reeled me right in. I remember being up camping at our favorite campground in Freeport, Maine and finding their music and streaming it back in 2011. Their sound is unique to them and is a large reason for their appeal. Much like the Dirty River Boys, they have focused on creating their own style and just running with it, gathering new fans at each venue they hit.
Their popular songs began on their 2010 on their debut self titled album JB and the Moonshine Band. Consisting of JB Patterson (lead vocals), Hayden McMullen (lead Guitar), Gabriel Guevara (drums), and Chris Flores (bass guitar) this group came together in some ironic circumstances. JB had arranged an open-call and only three musicians showed up. It turns out that it was a blessing because these are still the members today and they have been able to stick together, grow closer, and work to create music that has allowed their fan base to grow.
Songs like Perfect Girl, Beer for Breakfast, Roll With Me, More Like My Dog, and No Better Than This are some of my favorite songs on the early albums by JB and the boys. You’re bound to have a good time listening to their music and their is no shortage of some good ole’ fashioned beer drinkin’ songs. The lyrics in their songs are deeper than many of the songs I have heard that are about having a good time. This was one of the first things I remember when I first came across their music. When I hear a song such as More Like My Dog, it provides some humor with straight up country instruments backing it up.
As strong supporter of the second amendment, I am a big fan of their 2015 album Mixtape. I am apologetic when it comes to the right to own a gun, but will never throw it in your face if you feel otherwise. This album however, was one of the biggest breathes of fresh air because JB and The Moonshine Band took a stance that many will not dare touch. In today’s politically correct society, it is plagued with people who are afraid to say what they really feel. The first track, Shotgun, Rifle and A .45 is a great anthem about protecting our right to bear arms. It’s pretty self explanatory and their stance is clearly stated throughout.
This album spends some time reminiscing about the good ole days of our society. The fond memories of young love blossoming while cruising the backroads have slowly slipped from view, but always remain in one’s heart. The classic love narrative of making a mixtape for someone special has slowly been slipping away as time and technology march on. These are things most people can relate to and many will end up reflecting on their own adolescent days while listening to this album.
I’m looking forward to continued new music from these guys and hope to see them live if I can ever make it down to Texas!
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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