Blue Moon Rising Reunion Concert Dates Announced


2015-bmr-bismarkBlue Moon Rising has announced they will perform select tour dates with original band members Chris West (Guitar), Tim Tipton (Bass), Keith Garrett (Mandolin), Randall Massengill (Guitar), Justin Jenkins (Banjo), plus current member Brandon Bostic (Dobro). Three Blue Moon Rising Reunion concert dates have been booked so far, including the kick-off on September 28 at the National Muscadine Festival in Sweetwater, TN.

Fans can ring in the New Year with the Blue Moon Rising Reunion tour when they return to Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota for the 10th Annual Blizzard Bluegrass Weekend January 2-3, 2015. Festival Promoter Jill Wiese recalls how she met the band. “Ten years ago, I got a phone call from Tim Tipton asking if Blue Moon Rising could play somewhere in around the Bismarck area in the winter time. I had never put on an event before, so I called Bismarck State College and the rest is history. We are thrilled beyond belief the BMR band is coming back as these guys played the first three years of this winter event. We are going to sell this one out for sure – blizzard or no blizzard,” said Wiese.

albumcover-on-the-rise-blue-moon-risingBlue Moon Rising had two self-released albums, RAISED ON PAIN and WHERE WOOD MEETS STEEL, prior to their successful ON THE RISE (Lonesome Day Records) album that garnered the national spotlight for this band configuration in 2005. The album certainly proved to be a symbolic title for them when it made its debut on the BILLBOARD Top Bluegrass Album Chart and received many “Best Albums of the Year” honors by numerous publications including It also received significant Radio chart success spending 10 months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 15 Album Chart and the single, This Old Martin Box spending the entire 2006 calendar year in the Top 30 Singles. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) members honored the band with a 2006 Nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year.

Blue Moon Rising has released three other albums since then including: ONE LONELY SHADOW (Lonesome Day Records), STRANGE NEW WORLD (Rural Rhythm Records), and their current self-released BLUE SIDE OF THE MOON.


All of the original members contributed their songwriting talents to the group’s recordings over the years, but none more so than band leader, guitarist and lead vocalist, Chris West. His songs are part of the group’s signature sound with fan favorites such as: The Crime I’m Guilty Of, The Hanging Tree, The Old Time Preacher Man, Good Time for Going Home, Revival, He Arose, and so many more. Chris is the only remaining original member of the group.

Tim Tipton not only played Bass with the band, but also contributed original songs to their recordings. He wrote Papaw Taught Me that appeared on the album, ON THE RISE. The song was also featured on the Lonesome Day Records’ compilation project, “The Very Things You Treasure – 24 Bluegrass Songs of Faith & Family.” Tim’s outgoing personality was certainly an asset in getting this group off the ground, and he was an integral part of the band’s success.

Keith Garrett is now with The Boxcars who lead the Nominations for 2014 IBMA Awards with ten nominations for the band and their individual members. Keith received his first IBMA Song of the Year Nomination for his original It’s Just a Road. Keith contributed numerous songs to Blue Moon Rising over the years including Jeffrey’s Hell, Far Away From Home, Angeline, Moonshine Hard Times, and the instrumental Sling Blade he co-wrote with Justin Jenkins.

Banjo player, Justin Jenkins, now with Grasstowne, landed his first professional gig at age 12 when he was asked to become a regular member of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. He then made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2003 as a guest of Mike Snider. After high school, Justin hit the road with Mountain Heart to sell merchandise. Soon after, he joined Blue Moon Rising and appears on ONE LONELY SHADOW and ON THE RISE.

Randall Massengill toured nine years with the bluegrass gospel group, New Road, before joining Blue Moon Rising in 2005. He appears on the ON THE RISE album performing guitar, tenor vocalist and taking the lead vocals on Modern Day Outlaw. After Blue Moon Rising, Randall formed the band, Brand New Strings who recorded two albums together.

BrandonBosticCurrent member, Brandon Bostic has been an essential member of Blue Moon Rising for the past five years. His strong and soulful lead vocals, combined with his stellar musicianship on Guitar, Mandolin, and Dobro , are a true asset to the group. He has played professionally in the past with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike and now runs his own recording and production studio, Root Note Studio.

For more information including upcoming announcements for the BLUE MOON RISING REUNION TOUR and BLUE MOON RISING’s tour, please visit

Blue Moon Rising Signs with Class Act Entertainment for Booking Services

bluemoonrising-presspic2014Blue Moon Rising is very proud to announce they have signed with Class Act Entertainment – a full service booking agency representing premier performing artists since 1993. The band is also proud to announce a brand new website at designed by Harold Nixon.

Blue Moon Rising includes the talents of Chris West (Lead Vocals and Guitar); Brandon Bostic (Dobro & Guitar); David Mowell (Tenor Vocals and Mandolin), Rusty Ferrell (Banjo), and Travis Anderson (Bass.)

BLUE SIDE OF THE MOON is the 6th album from this critically acclaimed bluegrass band. It is a self-produced and self-released project on their own Blue Moon Records label. It was recorded at Brandon Bostic’s Root Note Studio and includes BMR’s trademark sound fans have loved for many years. The album is available iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, County Sales and the band’s website. BLUE SIDE OF THE MOON is available to radio stations worldwide at

Blue Moon Rising’s impressive career includes a long list of chart albums and hit singles that have reached #1 on a wide variety of radio charts and received many other honors throughout the years. They received a 2006 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nomination and were chosen twice as an official IBMA Showcase performer.

Fans can follow Blue Moon Rising on Twitter, Facebook and youtube site for news and tour information. The band is sponsored by: Blue Chip Picks, Chota Outfitters, D’Addario, and Peterson Strobe Tuners.

Blue Moon Rising’s “Blue Side Of The Moon” Digital Album Release

albumcover-bmr-bluesideofthemoonBlue Moon Rising is proud to announce their new album BLUE SIDE OF THE MOON is now available for digital sale on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon. Physical copies of this popular new album are available at County Sales and the band’s website at

BLUE SIDE OF THE MOON includes the first radio single release, “Colder December,” that made its debut at #4 on Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Top 20 just a few weeks after the album was released and is currently #16 on the chart. The album includes the talents of: Chris West, Brandon Bostic, Tony Mowell, David Mowell, and Rusty Ferrell. A mountain cabin in Stanley Valley, TN served as the recording studio with Bostic providing his engineering expertise and gear from his Root Note Studios.

Blue Moon Rising is led by the multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Chris West whose impressive tunes have become a signature sound for the band. Chris will perform this Friday, August 2nd on WBIR’s Alive at Five at Four TV program in Knoxville, TN. Chris will be joined by his son, Aaron West who will be making his TV debut as they promote The Museum of Appalachia’s Fall Home Coming where Blue Moon Rising will perform later this year.

Blue Moon Rising’s impressive career includes a long list of chart albums and hit singles that have reached #1 on a wide variety of radio charts and received many other honors. The band received a 2006 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nomination and has been chosen twice as an official IBMA Showcase performer.

Please visit the band’s official website at or follow them on Twitter, Facebook and youtube site for news and tour information. The entire album is available to radio stations worldwide at

Two Rivers, Wisconsin concert series ends

I was very sad to hear of the closing of the B.K. Productions bluegrass concert series in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.  I had the opportunity to travel to one of the concerts years ago when one of my clients, Blue Moon Rising performed (pictured above in a photo by Mike Morebeck —– L-R Justin Moses, Keith Garrett, Tim Tipton, Chris West, Justin Jenkins).  After working with producer, Brad Klabunde, over the phone for many years, it was very nice to finally meet him and his wife Janice.

Brad Klabunde

Over the years, Brad’s enthusiasm for bluegrass music certainly was evident in his successful concerts.   He was able to get some of top award-winning bands in bluegrass music at this series.  Most recently the event was held at the Two Rivers High School.

Unfortunately Brad has made the hard decision to cancel the concerts due to numerous reasons, the most obvious being the economy, cost of fuel for these national touring acts, but also a problem that other promoters around the country face – competing with local free shows.  At concert series like Brad’s, of course, promoters have to charge for tickets.  That is how these national touring bands get paid.

Just some of the artists that have made their way to Brad’s show were: Carrie Hassler, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Charlie Sizemore Band, Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Blue Moon Rising, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Special Consensus, Newfound Road, Mark Newton Band, James King Band and so many more.

Congratulations to Brad, Janice, and all of their sponsors and volunteers for a job well done for so many years!

Two beautiful versions of the song, “Living Water”

Here is a quick little video so readers can check out the two beautiful versions of the song “Living Water” written by Chris West.  Chris had pitched the song to his good friends in the bluegrass band, BRAND NEW STRINGS who put their own unique style on the song.  It appeared on their 2010 album, “NO STRINGS ATTACHED” released in 2010 on Rural Rhythm Records.

Later in 2010, West added the tune to his band’s album, “STRANGE NEW WORLD” by Blue Moon Rising also released on the Rural Rhythm Records label in October 2010.

Check out the video and hear clips from both versions.  We would love to hear your comments on the song.

#1 Song for Blue Moon Rising

BLUE MOON RISING’s first single, “Time To Be Movin’ On,” is the #1 Song on the Sirius-XM Bluegrass Junction’s Top 40 Most-Played Tracks, with the album, STRANGE NEW WORLD appearing at #5 on the Sirius-XM Bluegrass Junction Top 40 Most-Played Album charts this month.  “They are an exceptionally talented bunch of guys with a vision for great bluegrass making STRANGE NEW WORLD one of the best CDs I’ve heard all year,” said Kyle Cantrell, Sirius-XM Radio who recently featured the band on his popular Track by Track radio show.

Charlie Hall, WCYO FM radio has praises for the song as well, Time To Be Movin’ On, the first release from the STRANGE NEW WORLD CD by Blue Moon Rising really sets the tone for this great project and it is at the top of my list of Top 20 New Songs for 2010.” made an impressive debut at #10 on the Bluegrass Music Profiles (BMP) Top 30 Hot Singles chart for December with the album making the chart as well. STRANGE NEW WORLD hit #1 on the Roots Music Bluegrass Report (12/7/10); debuted at #9 on the BMP Top 20 Albums (Dec); remained at #5 album on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 20 Bluegrass Albums for the second month in a row; and appeared this month on Orin Friesen’s Bluegrass Top 40 Bluegrass Albums.

“Time To Be Movin’ On”

Another track from the album, “Living Water” has also been receiving tremendous airplay from numerous radio stations including appearing on the WBTX Radio’s Top 20 Playlist this month.  “Living Water” is an original song by Blue Moon Rising member, Chris West.  It was also recorded by his good friends and label mates, Brand New Strings and appears on their “NO STRINGS ATTACHED” album also released this year. 

STRANGE NEW WORLD includes the talents of BLUE MOON RISING members: Chris West (vocals, guitar);  Brandon Bostic (mandolin, vocals); Tony Mowell (bass and vocals); Owen Piatt (banjo); with special guests, Tim Crouch (fiddle) and Randy Kohrs (Dobro).  The CD combines a very eclectic mix of new original material with West contributing 7 of the 13 tracks.  Other writers include:  Brandon Bostic, Mike Dekle, Kevin Denney, Becky Buller, Jon Weisberger/Jeremy Garrett and Clint Wilson.

The album is now available at stores including: iTunes, Amazon, Wal-Mart, and more fine outlets.  For information on the new album, tour schedule and more, please visit


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Blue Moon Rising’s “Strange New World”

Rural Rhythm Records just released the first radio single release, “Time To Be Movin’ On” from the highly anticipated new album, “STRANGE NEW WORLD” by BLUE MOON RISING.  The single was released to radio via the label’s “Fresh Cuts & Key Tracks, #8” and is also available now via AIRPLAY DIRECT. “Time To Be Movin’ On” was written by band leader and acclaimed songwriter, Chris West who describes the song as kicking off with a little Johnny Cash / Del Reeves and will surely please BMR fans once again.  Chris also contributes his powerful signature vocals and guitar, along with the exciting new line up of: Brandon Bostic (mandolin, vocals); Tony Mowell (bass and vocals); Owen Piatt (banjo); with special guests, Tim Crouch (fiddle) and Randy Kohrs (Dobro).

“STRANGE NEW WORLD” is Blue Moon Rising’s fifth career album and their first recording on Rural Rhythm Records.  The project combines a very eclectic mix of new original material with West contributing 7 of the 13 tracks.  Other writers include:  Mike Dekle, Kevin Denney, Becky Buller, Jon Weisberger/Jeremy Garrett and Clint Wilson.

The songs on “STRANGE NEW WORLD” certainly showcase Blue Moon Rising’s range, versatility and maturity as it continually shifts between hard-core traditional bluegrass, blues, gospel, country and singer-songwriter influenced music.  If one could paint a picture that captures the subjects and themes from songs like the peppy honky-tonk influenced kick-off track, “Time To Be Movin’ On,” the soulful blues influenced, “He’s All Around Us” and the haunting and beautiful Kevin Denney original, “My Sitting Window” the painting would represent a “STRANGE NEW WORLD” indeed! 

With that imagery in mind, Chris West enlisted the help of his artist friend, Jason Jones, who created the album artwork for the band’s previous album, “ONE LONELY SHADOW.”  Chris explains, “I asked Jason to create a very artsy vision of a strange new world where things aren’t quite right in comparison to the world we live in.  I wanted every single image on the CD to tie in directly with a song in some way.  I wrote a blues song about temptation and the struggle between good and evil on this project called ‘He’s All Around Us’, hence the transparent devil behind the tree on the cover.  There’s a love song on the CD called ‘Stone by Stone’ for a girl named Jenny where the lovelorn singer says ‘My Jenny belongs in an Ivory Tower.’ So Jason made the tower the centerpiece on the cover.  We also married several songs together within the art.  I wrote song on the CD called ‘Hard Luck Joe’ about a homeless man who used to have a much better life.  If you’ll notice the tree on the cover, there’s a heart carved in it that says ‘Joe -n- Jenny’ where we’ve married the songs ‘Hard Luck Joe’ and ‘Stone by Stone.’  When you give the CD a thorough listen, you’ll be able to go back and look at this great piece of art and know what every single image is about.”

BLUE MOON RISING is sponsored by GHS Strings, Blue Chip Picks, and Chota Outfitters.  For information on the new album, tour schedule and more, please visit


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Brand New Strings announces…..

Brand New Strings announces…..
CD Release Party Details
SIRIUS-XM Track by Track Airdates

National touring bluegrass band, BRAND NEW STRINGS have announced details of their upcoming CD Release Party for their new Rural Rhythm Records album, NO STRINGS ATTACHED.  The Knoxville area event begins at 7:00 pm on April 23, 2010 at the Carter High School Auditorium, 210 North Carter School Road, Strawberry Plains, TN. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or the band’s website.  Proceeds will benefit the Carter Elementary P.T.O. The party will feature Brand New Strings members, Randall Massengill, Mike Ramsey, Tim Tipton, Stuart Wyrick, Matt Leadbetter and Preston Schmidt with special guests:  Steve Gulley (Grasstowne and the band’s CD producer); Keith Garrett (The Boxcars); Chris West and Brandon Bostic (Blue Moon Rising); Jim Millsaps (Knoxville Grass); Mike Bentley (Cumberland Gap Connection) and many more surprises throughout the evening.

“Brand New Strings plays hardcore bluegrass for the hardcore fan.  These are exciting, fresh, songs played and sung by superbly talented musicians and singers in a take-no-prisoners, no apologies, strictly bluegrass style.  This is bluegrass the way it ought to be!” says SIRIUS-XM Radio Host, Kyle Cantrell who will host the band on his upcoming Track by Track.  The show debuts April 14 at 11:00 AM EST with rebroadcasts on the April 15 (9:00 PM EST) and April 18 (11:00 AM EST).

The CD Release Party is sponsored by D’Addario, Ciderville Music, Lakota Leathers, On Board Research Corporation, Rural Rhythm Records, Hope River Entertainment, Chota Outfitters with numerous door prizes being given away during the evening. The band is currently on tour promoting their new album including tonight’s sold out performance at Tennessee Shines:  Live from the Bijou in Knoxville, TN. 

For more information on BRAND NEW STRINGS, their new CD and tour information, please visit,  or

**Don’t miss the limited time only special packaging of this album.  The CD resembles a package of brand new strings – very unique design!  Order your copy at Amazon, and many more sites including the band’s site and Rural Rhythm Records.