Outlaws & Moonshine has a refreshing approach to their brand of music dubbing it as ‘New Southern Rock’. What separates Outlaws & Moonshine from the stagnant pool of current trends is their music first and foremost but also their ability to stay true to their craft, to themselves and to their roots in music.
The Indiana southern rock group—vocalist/guitarist Beau Van, bassist Chris Van and drummer Davey Ray Jones and slide guitarist Travis K. have demonstrated heart and musical magic with their debut EP ‘ 1919’ and the following album ‘The Devil In The Moonshine’.
Both released are steeped in a Blues based approach to rock, allied in arms with Southern slide guitars and acoustic arrangements. They are a band who works hard and plays magnificently.
‘1919’ was a wonderful marker in their career. It is five songs of blue collar substance, telling tales of broken hearts, beer fights and busted dreams. The likes of “Hey Y’All” and “Cootie Brown” have stood the test of time since the release in 2015.
There are moments that take you on an emotional tour of tears, holding delicate strands of loss and creating a story epic in proportion. The album is damn near perfection in its power.
Great songs are great whatever genre they’re in and Outlaws & Moonshine have produced some in their short band life. All of the songs stay with you and you know what they say…class is permanent.
With songs titled Devil in the Moonshine, Hey Y’All, Whiskey and Redneck Me, one would think this is a band that comes from a part of the country where flying the Confederate flag is still noncontroversial. However, Outlaws & Moonshine’s home is Indianapolis, more famous for the Indy 500 auto race than Southern rock. But make no mistake—wherever these four good ol’ boys get their Southern rock roots from, those roots are deep and authentic.
The good ol’ Outlaws & Moonshine boys are out to drink your booze and steal your musical soul. Soul is what they have in spades.