Blue Moon Rising

Blue Moon Rising

 Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Led by the multi-talented Chris West, Blue Moon Rising brings the sounds of East Tennessee to their live performances and numerous chart topping albums.


Blue Moon Rising is a national touring band based out of East Tennessee comprised of Chris West (lead vocals and guitar); Tony Mowell (bass and vocals); Brandon Bostic (mandolin, guitar, vocals); and Owen Piatt (banjo.) In 2010, Rural Rhythm Records released the band's new album, "Strange New World," (the group's fifth career album).

This new album is certainly gaining tremendous attention as it has hit all the major charts including but not limited to: SiriusXM Top 40 Songs, Bluegrass Music Profiles, Roots Music Report, Cashbox Magazine and many more single and album charts.

Blue Moon Rising first hit the national spotlight with their third album, “On the Rise” (Lonesome Day Records) that proved to be a symbolic title for the group. The album debuted at #14 on the BILLBOARD Top 50 Bluegrass Chart in 2005; spent 10 months on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine's (BU) Top 15 Album Chart along with the single, “This Old Martin Box” spending the entire 2006 calendar year in the BU Top 30 Singles. The CD also garnered tremendous media attention including being named in the " Top 10 Bluegrass Albums of the Year" and "Gritz Magazine's Top Overall Albums” of 2005." IBMA members honored the group with a 2006 nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year with band leader, Chris West performing in the 2006 IBMA Songwriter’s Showcase.

Fans had eagerly awaited their July 2008 release of their fourth album, “One Lonely Shadow (Lonesome Day Records) and were not disappointed. The album highlights the band’s ability to perform their original well-crafted bluegrass songs and also throwing in a few surprises to the mix. “One Lonely Shadow” still received airplay and chart success into 2010 on major radio stations including SiriusXM.

Blue Moon Rising is lead by the multi-talented guitarist and acclaimed songwriter, Chris West, who writes many of the band’s songs. His original tunes have become the signature sound of the band, including fan favorites: Living Water, Time to Be Movin' On, The Hanging Tree, Crime I'm Guilty Of, The Old Time Preacher Man, Good Time for Going Home, Revival, He Arose, and so many more.

Simply put, this band has it all. They play well, sing well, and write well…Blue Moon Rising is the complete package.


"Strange New World" 2010 (Rural Rhythm Records)

"One Lonely Shadow" 2008 (Lonesome Day Records)

"On the Rise" 2005 (Lonesome Day Records)

"Where Wood Meets Steel" 2003 (indie)

"Raised on Pain" 2001 (indie)

Set List

Typical sets are 45 minutes with 80-90% original songs.

Time to be Moving On
My Sittin Window
Living Wter
Where There's A Road
The Hanging Tree
Raised On Pain
Cold Kentucky Night
Sling Blade
This Old Martin Box
Papaw Taught Me
Moonshine Hard Times
Old Time Preacher Man