For bands all over the world, 2020 has been a year unlike any other. The joy of making music is defined by playing with other musicians in front of a live audience - but in March, members of Say Darling found themselves stuck at home, separated by hundreds of miles. With shows rapidly vanishing and prospects of safe in-person concerts drifting farther and farther away, Say Darling leaned into the creative space offered by the global pause. All of a sudden there was ample time to write, focus on new skills, and simply be still after years of movement. After learning how to record and mix music at home, Say Darling came together together to create new music, offering perspective on this time “Before & After” the pandemic. The first five songs, including co-writes by Celia Woodsmith and Chris Hersch, were recorded at Woolly Mammoth Sound and originally meant to be delivered on a full-length studio album. But then COVID hit… leading to a change of plans and to a whole new batch of songs born in the moment of 2020. The final four tracks, penned by Woodsmith, were recorded at home during the months of quarantine that defined the summer of 2020. There is a distinct sonic and lyrical difference to ‘Side B’ that captures this historic moment in time. Featuring some special guests, Say Darling's four home recordings focus on feelings of isolation, racial justice, memories of the past, and longing for human connection. “Before & After” is a reminder that the way we live has changed permanently - there will be no “going back to normal” after a vaccine is successfully employed. We will have to find new ways of being together, new ways of loving one another, and new ways of experiencing and creating music. Even uncomfortable changes can come with their benefits. As a human collective, we have to be creative about the solutions to our worldwide problems. In a time when Say Darling could have chosen to hibernate through this moment, they chose to create - with hope for the future and reflection on the past.
Chris Hersch & The MoonRaiders
The MoonRaiders debut album “Space Lasso” features six originals by Hersch, and three standards rearranged by Hersch.
Combining western swing, rock ‘n roll, and country jazz - The MoonRaiders showcase stellar musicians and a unique improvisational style that will please both the dancer and the hardcore music aficionado.
“Space Lasso” is an interstellar journey of western swing, country jazz, and rock n’ roll!
Chris Hersch - Guitar Mark Zaleski – Saxophones Michael Bean – Pedal Steel, Lap Steel David Andrew Moore – Drums Greg Toro - Bass
Honky Tonk Trucker Jazz & Rock N' Roll
Chris Hersch & The MoonRaiders
The MoonRaiders are a Western Swing band that combine elements of Jazz, Rock n' Roll, Country, and Truck Driving music.
Award winning guitarist Chris Hersch (www.chrishersch.com) leads this quintet of accomplished musicians, improvising and singing their way through an eclectic set that will please both the dancer and music aficionado.
Drawing on a unique repertoire often overlooked in the American Songbook, The MoonRaiders pivot between Bob Wills, Chuck Berry, Dave Dudley, Commander Cody, and original music, all in one show.
This is their first EP, a calling card of sorts, featuring some choice covers that exemplify what they're all about: 'Honky Tonk Trucker Jazz & Rock n' Roll'