Famous roots music all-star and self-avowed Moon Mullican music lover Johnny Nicholas announces the forthcoming release of an exciting two-quantity set, Moon and the Stars: A Tribute to Moon Mullican, coming on vinyl launch January 27, 2023. A merged established of the two volumes on one CD will arrive shortly thereafter, with every package including liner notes by acclaimed songs journalist Ben Sandmel. The albums will be dispersed in the North America by Pick out-O-Hits and in Europe by Bear Household Information.
“Chances are, if you have not listened to of Moon Mullican, you have both listened to his new music or felt his influence,” writes Ben Sandmel in his liner notes. “Revered for perfecting a wildly eclectic nevertheless seamlessly organic blend of genres, Aubrey “Moon” Mullican (1909 – 1967) was an agile piano player and a fervent singer who explained the rambunctious aspect of his hybrid repertoire as ‘East Texas sock’ that could ‘make goddamn beer bottles bounce on the tables!’
Extra than 50 % a century later, Mullican continues to inspire men and women who respect the soulful spirit, the remarkable breadth, and the regular substantial excellent of his work. The expressive new renditions of his tracks on this tribute, co-developed by Nicholas and Joel Savoy, pulse with the very same passion and inventive motivation that Mullican brought to the originals. Collectively they touch on each side of Mullican’s music, from torrid and toe-tapping to touching and tender. Certainly certainly, Moon Mullican performed it all.”
This two-volume set of this brand new tribute to Moon arrives straight from the Louisiana bayous and the Texas Hill Country, introduced by Valcour Records’ recording artist and former Asleep at the Wheel frontman Johnny Nicholas, alongside with an all-star solid shelling out homage to this alternatively unsung hero of American Roots audio.
“I was initial turned on to Moon Mullican by Danny Erlewine in Ann Arbor, Michigan close to 1971,” recalls Nicholas. “I was amazed and I dug his Starday/King LP, but did not comprehend that it was just the tip of the iceberg. When we opened a clearly show for Commander Cody at Hill Auditorium, the Commander invited us out to the East Bay to play tunes with them and a bunch of hippies in cowboy hats named Asleep At The Wheel, who had just moved there from West Virginia. We have been taking part in stone chilly Chicago blues and boogie at the time, but we dug them and they dug us. We all shared gigs and at times introduced home as much as $15.00 per guy! I was sitting down close to one particular working day with Lucky and Leroy and Ray and said, ‘Hey, you guys at any time read of Moon Mullican?,’ and they all responded in the affirmative and with fantastic enthusiasm.
“Considering the scope of Moon Mullican’s repertoire and his tremendous skills and legacy, he remains nowadays grossly underneath-identified and beneath-appreciated. This job was a labor of appreciate and represents a want by all of us concerned to honor just one of our heroes and carry some very long overdue recognition to the ‘King of the Honky Tonk Piano Gamers.’ On each individual observe, I questioned each individual artist to set their individual stamp of originality upon the tracks and the preparations.
As you would expect with veteran artists and roots new music legends like Linda Gail Lewis, Augie Meyers, Peter Rowan, Steve Riley, Earl P Ball, Los Texmaniacs, Floyd Domino, and Danny Levin, this was achieved in spades. On the other hand, the preparations and performances by the lesser- regarded youthful artists like Katie Shore, Tif Lamson, Emily Gimble and Kelli Jones are as powerful and persuasive in their originality and overall performance as any on the record. The fantastic backing by Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Rusty Blake, Chris Maresh, Greg Piccolo, Joel Savoy and Trey Boudreaux are not able to go without the need of mention.”
“Moon Mullican was a great good friend and a fantastic tunes gentleman!!!! Last time I saw him I gave him and Roy Orbison 50 pounds.” – Jerry Lee Lewis, May perhaps 2022
Johnny Nicholas has scheduled a number of displays in progress of the Moon Mullican Tribute Album launch featuring a lot of of the artists on the albums:
October 7th – World Theatre in Bertram, Texas
October 8th – Odeon Theatre in Mason, Texas
Oct 15th – Saxon Pub in Austin, Texas