MEET THE SOCIETY
"A Don't Miss Show"- Delta Airlines Sky Magazine. American Blues Scene-
Blues Top 5 Chart.
Three members of the Blues Hall of Fame.
Multiple Wammie nominations.
Meet this young acclaimed band redefining the blues genre for a new
Moonshine Society delivers roots rock, blues, and old
school R&B in a style guaranteed to keep audiences dancing, heads nodding,
and the drinks flowing. Often compared to Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, and
Alabama Shakes, this is a powerful band of musicians from around the world.
"I now have new respect for the Boston music scene," said Tony Van Veen,
CEO/President of Disc Makers after the band brought down the house at the
Disc Makers Boston Party in 2008. The band has made their way around the
world including venues throughout US, Cuba, and China, landing them titles
such as #1 Blues/Jazz Band in Shanghai" in TimeOut Magazine, "Top Don't Miss
Show" from Delta Airlines Sky Magazine, and more. In 2012, three members
were inducted in to the Blues Hall of Fame.
Now featured on many major, college, internet and XM stations. Moonshine
Society and its members have performed and recorded with artists such as
John Mayer, The Nighthawks, George Clinton & Funkadelic, Muddy Waters,
Lee Hooker, Peaches, Everclear, Roomful of Blues, Brian Eno,
Perkins, Tab Benoit, Johnny Winter, Shemekia Copeland, Bo Diddley, RZA,
Benoit, Allen Toussaint and more.
Moonshine Society's debut album Live in Shanghai was released independently
in late 2011 and recorded at the House of Blues and Jazz (Shanghai, China)
after Chinese film star Lin Dong Fu (owner of the club) personally selected
and invited the band for a three month stay.
In 2013, the band and album were nominated for two Wammies (Best Blues/Trad.
R&B band and Best Blues/Trad. R&B album) and named in the Top 3 Fan
Favorites in Washington, DC.
Although a favorite at many college rock venues, they've really made waves
in the international blues scene thrilling audiences at festivals with a
fresh, younger take on the classic American roots style.
Blues enthusiasts, college kids, burlesque lovers, and even biker bar
regulars come together on the dance floors of a Moonshine Society show.
"They're absolutely fantastic and innovative. It's the first blues act I've
seen in New England that could be described as refreshing."- Satch Romano of
the Mighty Housebreakers.
Boston Herald "The sound: Modern blues that grabs hold of your soul and rocks it."
Sky Magazine (Delta Airlines)
"A Don't Miss Show"- Shanghai, China
The News Journal/The Beachcomber
"Saucy singer and her band serve up a soulful mix."
Boston Herald (Cover and Interview) "Women active in Boston's underground rockabilly scene, a culture dedicated
to the styles and country-rock and blues music of the 1950s, are putting
their twist on the classic pinup styles...singer-songwriter/pinup Black
Betty has gained national recognition for her work...
"Eighty percent of the time I'm Black Betty," said Jenny Langer lead singer.
"For each of us girls, we are creating our own characters. I was kind of a
geek growing up so once I got out of it, I created Black Betty ,and she's
strong, powerful and sexy."
Capital Blues Messenger "Moonshine Society gave, again in my opinion, the consistently best set of
the night. Black Betty, despite the pin-up girl schtick (no, seriously,
there are pin-up photos on the band‘s Web site) has a strong voice, tons of
personality, and a tight grip on the material, which is more rhythm and
blues-sounding than many blues bands, with rolling gospel-chord changes more
reminiscent of Ray Charles than Howlin‘ Wolf, and definitely more
sophisticated. Stuff like “Feel Like Breaking Up Some-body‘s Home”, covered
by everyone from Etta James to Bette Midler, and a slow blues called “Better
than This” stood out. The guitar player, Joe Poppen (photo at right, with
Black Betty), was the last big discovery of the night fluid, tasteful,
sophisticated, articulate, intelligent. He got a spongy, Robert-Cray-type
tone from his Strat that sonically fit perfectly with this tight ensemble,
and yet his playing is far more interesting than Cray‘s paint-by-numbers
approach to soloing."
The Boston Globe "[Black Betty] may be young in age, but she's really an old soul," says
Zampelli, owner of Mode Merr clothing, and a former costumer for the Boston
Lyric Opera. "She takes the business seriously. But she's also totally into
dress-up and pretend." Betty is just as serious about exploring the roots
and rituals of pinup culture, much as a young guitarist might mine old LPs
for vintage Delta blues riffs...Fundamentally, it's a scene as much
character-driven as it is fashion-driven. Black Betty, for instance, a name
borrowed from an old blues song, is a persona Langer slips into as
comfortably as a sequined peasant blouse. Fronting Moonshine Society, she
draws inspiration from Janis Joplin and Koko Taylor . But she layers on
plenty of cheesecake, too, creating a vibe at once sonic and sartorial....
The Bluesbunny Music Reviews "This band rocks to the beat of a thumping bass and solid drums, and are
perfectly accompanied by powerhouse vocals that fall somewhere between Joan
Jett and Janis Joplin. Black Betty however eschews the classic rock chick
image in favour of more of a retro and iconic Betty Page look - a sort of
burlesque & roll. Don't be fooled though, Betty can certainly belt out rock
and blues songs with the best of them....On this evidence Betty is clearly a
girl who can show you a good time ... or a bad time - and she has the habits
to do both!."
Moonshine Society members include Joe Poppen (guitar), Black Betty
(vocals), Christopher Brown (bass) and Pete Ragusa (drums).
Click here to read more info on each member.
Zipcar, Lakland Guitars, Rocklove Jewelry (featuring the Black Betty posey
necklace, Moonshine necklace, Voodoo and Voodoo Deluxe necklaces), Mode Merr
Clothing, Painted Axe Guitar, Gothfox, and To Die For Clothing.
The Society Continues
Catch a live show or a copy of Moonshine Society recordings, and you may be
treated to more Society members, including Wes Lanich (Keys), Rod Gross
(Drums), Holly Montgomery (Bass), Barry Hart (Drums), Charlie Sayles
(Harmonica), Brett Byars (Drums), David "Candyman" Rosenberg (Harmonica),
Charles "Red" Atkins (Bass), Kenny Sanders (Drums), Mike Tony Echols (Bass),
Steve Wilkes (Drums), Rob Cross (Drums) and more.