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The Legend of Moonalice Rises
5/14/2009 12:00 AM

The Legend of Moonalice Rises
Moonalice, featuring some very well recognized faces, releases their T-Bone Burnett produced debut CD. We find out about the "legend," the history and why all these vets love this band...

5/14/2009 07:41 PM

This album totally rocks, as does Moonalice. What else do you expect from a group of all-star musicians? They give you all your want and then some. This album sounds like one of the classics you'd hear playing back in the 60's/70's.

There's nothing like seeing these guys play live either. Great energy, great vibes, and great music, that about explains what you'll get at a Moonalice show.

5/14/2009 07:43 PM

Spiritual stars shine when MOONALICE is cradling the night of our being. Excess of Sless, Jerry teases and all the rest make a beautiful picture.

5/14/2009 07:52 PM

I haven't listened to an album this many times since I was in high school. Transported to a different place, different's more than about listening or even enjoying, it's about recapturing the feeling of being 17 again. Priceless.

5/15/2009 03:24 AM

Nice interview, Alan and great photos as usual Sue. Alan's intv is excellent even if it reads a bit like a paid for advertisement.I really like Moonalice a lot,I have seen them a few times incl last years Harmony Festival.You can't go wrong w/ those players,I am a huge fan of Sless & Sears and now they have Jack Casady sometimes! GE & Sanchez are solid too.With T.Bone Burnett producing one can't go wrong. Here are two pieces on McNamee & FOB & Moonalice:

They'd clearly not be doing what they are now if Roger were not a multibillionaire! But good for him,I'm glad that he & Ann can follow their muses & that they've hired some fantastic players. FOB used to be laughed at as a band that "...had to pay to play" amongst some of my friends and from what I've heard of them the few times I've heard them they are no laughing stock now! I will have give a listen to this record!

5/15/2009 07:35 AM

^^^^ I thought the hookie pookie was what it's all about!!

But really, great group, fun live, go see them.

5/15/2009 02:17 PM

This wonderful studio album [MOONALICE} starts off with "Bleeding Of Love" penned by Ann McNamee with her fine,smooth,soulful voice pleading for relief from false feelings and untrue expressions of love on the run.

The powerful pounding heartbeat of James Sanchez'drums, and Jack Casady' powerful bass pulsate throughout this debut masterpiece!

Ann'vocals are stunning as well on her other compositions on this album which include "Dance Into The Lightning", "This Changes Everything", and "Listen To Those Eyes".

"Bleeding Of Love" flows perfectly into another of Ann' songs "Unspoken Words" sung by Pete Sears of love distroyed by false feelings and words left unsaid, "The heavy weight of unspoken words keeps us apart".

A melencoly song by Roger McNamee of one sided love follows that all of our hearts have cried for as not to be true but having to accept as a reality to be haunted by for evermore. And in his head she said, "I'm Glad You Think So".

This is one of my favorite songs by Roger.

Roger and Ann have been together longer than musical partners in the "Flying Other Brothers" along with pete, Barry, and GE along with others was the tree branch which "MOONALICE" grew from.

Roger and Ann are a happily married proud couple who met at a "Jerry Garcia Band" show they were enjoying in the 80'as many of the rest of us have come together at as well. Thank you Jerry!!

This bond is strong in their writings together as evidenced in the powerful tune of how quickly situations can change with lives turned upside down in the "Blink Of An Eye".

The beautiful guitar and pedal steel guitar melodys flow wonderfully through these stories played by Barry Sless in the style only he can create.

"Eileen Aroon" is a classic Irish ballad recorded by the Claney Brothers in 1961 with a newer version being performed during the 1988-89 tours by Bob Dylan' Band with the great guitar player GE Smith who' own arraingment is included here which he sings adding his outstanding classic guitar sound to make it his own.

"I Ain't Ever Satisfied" by Steve Earle is also performed here in GE Smith' own unique vocal style and makes this reviewer very satisfied indeed!

"Dusty Streets Of Cairo" is GE' original composition on this release and one of it's strongest selections with GE" guitar and Barry' pedal steel dancing beautifully togethor.

"Kick It Open" is a rocking infectious tune by keyboardist extrodinare Pete Sears who sings the songs lyrics written by his wife Jeannette who as a team have composed songs in their long history including many of Jefferson Starship’s hits including Stranger, Awakening,Save Your Love, and Winds of Change just to name a few.

Pete Sears was also part of the early "Rod Stewart" albums as well as playing with just about every musician and band from the San Francisco Bay Area' musical royality at one time or another over the years.

If you love tender, true, genuine, from the heart music then "MOONALICE" is for you!

A band of fine musicians and legends in music.

Because we all know "It's all about the music"!!!!

That's the Moonalice Tribes motto so join the tribe and start being "Satisfied".

by: Den greeney52 Moonalice

5/15/2009 02:40 PM

I knew this day would come! I knew that one day soon Moonalice would belong to the world. So the word is out because we've been spreading the legend and the tribe is swelling! One listen to the band, one experience with these "characters" is enough to make you take a new tribal name ending in Moonalice! Check out the new cd! Then get yourself out to see them when they come to your town! The music! the vibe! It's all there! They call it a "rock 'n' roll carnival" and it is WAY FUN!

5/15/2009 06:30 PM

Deb and I cannot wait till we hear that the band is going to Jerry's Birthday Bash in Ohio at the end of July, Love the sound and the style of the music. Am looking to hear Hot Tuna again also, It does not get any better then this. About time, Thanks to CWM and Tribe.

5/15/2009 09:00 PM

This band is the NUTZ! I have seen themtwice now. Ironicly, once in fron of only 30 or so people.You would have thought it was three thousand. The played their hearts out! Spread the word folks, THIS IS AN ACT NOT TO BE MISSED. Peace!

5/15/2009 09:27 PM

I hadn't heard Moonalice until April when they played Springjam5 at Camp Zoe in Round Spring Missouri. I was totally blown away. They played a set on Thursday for the early arrivals and another on Saturday.

The musicianship is first rate across the board, (if your only exposure to G.E. Smith is SNL then you've got a surprise coming), and they have the coolest vibe of any band. The shows are a lot of fun, especially Big Steve Parish's introductions.

Do yourself a favor and go see these guys, you'll thank yourself.

5/16/2009 09:39 AM

I saw these guys at Arizona's (supposedly) best dive-bar around, which always seems have unique performances and bands play, but Moonalice for only $8 on a Sat nite. You can't beat that. There wasn't anybody really even there, surprisingly. Maybe it was the motorcycle rally down the block, which just finished off with a free show from Charlie Daniel. I just danced my ass off with G.E. Smith playing right in front of me, which made me live out my old Sat Night Live fantasies. Check this band out. Barry Sless is my favorite, especially on the pedal steel. The fact that T. Bone Burnett produced this album makes everything all the more merrier. It sucks that when I saw them, Cassady was missing, due to family obligations, which is totally cool, but I can't wait to catch them at the Roo. I think they play pretty early on one of the days and on the smallest stage too. So for you Heads whom are interested and going to the Roo, check em out, I'll be there...

5/20/2009 12:27 PM



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Acclaimed Sticksman Is Veteran Collaborator of

Bruce Hornsby, Phil Lesh, John Fogerty & More

May 20, 2009 (San Francisco, CA) - Just in time for the upcoming summer festival

season, all-star Bay Area-based rockers Moonalice have welcomed a new member of

their tribe with the addition of drummer John Molo into the band. A GRAMMYwinning

member of Bruce Hornsby’s band for nearly 15 years, Molo has also logged kit

time with Phil Lesh & Friends, The Other Ones, John Fogerty, Keller Williams and many

more. Molo replaces Jim Sanchez, who has left the band for personal reasons but

remains a dear friend and member of the Moonalice tribe.

“This was meant to be,” said Molo. “I was in San Francisco last week and had a

premonition that I should call Moonalice. I had no idea they were auditioning

drummers, but they were. It’s great to be part of the tribe.”

“John is a fantastic drummer with a deep understanding of American music. He is

perfect for Moonalice,” said G.E. Smith, the band’s musical director. “We can’t wait to

get back on the road!!!”

The new Moonalice line-up is currently touring in support of the band’s debut, self-titled

studio album (released April 14th), which was produced by Grammy-winner T-Bone

Burnett. The band has some incredible performances coming up, including big

summer festivals like Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Gathering of the Vibes, Earth

Dance and more.

The members of Moonalice put on an absolutely spellbinding performance night after

night, with epic shows that often run well past the three-hour mark. The all-star band

features GE Smith (Saturday Night Live, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates), Pete Sears (Rod

Stewart, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna), Barry Sless (Phil Lesh and Friends), Roger

McNamee (Flying Other Brothers, also Bono’s business partner at Elevation), Ann

McNamee (Flying Other Brothers, Ann Atomic) and occasional seventh member Jack

Casady (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna).

Fans who can’t get to a show will be able to hear Molo’s expert chops supporting

Moonalice when the tech-savvy band does its next live Twittercast, where they broadcast

live concerts in near real time via Twitter. At select shows, the band’s sound team

digitizes and uploads each song as it happens, before sending out a “tweet” about its

availability—all before the group finishes playing the very next song. Not only did

Moonalice invent the live Twittercast, it also created the Zombie Twittercast, in which

it broadcasts classic shows from the vault. Just go to and

press the “follow” button. The most recent live Twittercast was on May 8; the next

Zombie Twittercast will be this coming Friday. Last week’s Zombie Twittercast can be

found at

Moonalice is on the road and plans to stay there for as long as it takes. Meanwhile, the

group has released The Moonalice Legend: Posters & Words, Vol. 1, which is now

available at the band’s online store for $25.00. The eye-catching book includes every

poster, legend and set list from the band’s first year in a beautifully-produced paperback.

At every show, the audience receives a free, limited edition poster, as well as local

updates to the Moonalice legend. All posters are four-color offset lithographs, created by

San Francisco’s finest poster artists.

May 23, 2009 Bella Music Fest. @ Harmony Park Geneva, MN

May 24, 2009 Summer Camp Festival Chillicothe, IL

June 5 & 6 2009 Wakarusa Festival Ozark, AR

June 12, 2009 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Manchester TN

June 13, 2009 Arena Theater Point Arena, CA

June 17, 2009 The Goodfoot Pub & Lounge Portland, OR

June 18 & 19, 2009 Applegate River Lodge Applegate, OR

July 4, 2009 Fourth of July Festival Yountville, CA

@ the Veterans Home

July 11, 2009 Area 101 Laytonville, CA

July 14, 2009 Jewels in the Square San Francisco, CA

July 24, 2009 SummerSounds – St. Clair Park Amp. Greensburg, PA

July 25, 2009 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT

Aug. 7, 2009 Dead on the Creek Willits, CA

Aug. 9, 2009 Arcata Main Street Arcata, CA

Aug. 13, 2009 River Ranch Lodge Tahoe City, CA

Aug. 16, 2009 Jewels in the Square San Francisco, CA

Sept. 3, 2009 Lobero Theatre Santa Barbara, CA

Sept. 4, 2009 Tower Theatre Fresno, CA

Sept. 5, 2009 Fishlips Bakersfield, CA

Sept. 17, 2009 Jewels in the Square San Francisco, CA

Sept. 19, 2009 Fox Theatre Redwood City, CA

Sept. 20, 2009 Lodi Grape Festival Lodi, CA

Sept. 26 & 27, 2009 Earth Dance @ Black Oak Ranch Lavtonville, CA

For more

5/24/2009 04:30 PM

just saw them yesterday at bella madre and they put on a great show

5/26/2009 07:43 PM

GREAT New CD!!! Can't seem to eject it from my car cd player! haha Tunes remind me of so many other great bands, Beatles, The Grateful Dead, and many others. Make sure to get a copy. You won't regret it!

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