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I had been wanting to check out Trace "Chicksinga" Moran's latest band project, Blues Moon, for a while, but the planets didn't align properly to allow me to do so until this night, when I did the roadtrip to State College to see the band in action at Bar Bleu.

This was also my first chance to catch a band performing at Bar Bleu. Housed in the downstairs beneath Beulah's, Bar Bleu lives up to the name, with the bar done up in almost total neon blue! After procuring my first brew, I headed into the neighboring band room, which had an atmosphere that reminded me some of Moondogs in Pittsburgh. It had that look and feel of a place where music should be played. And in a few minutes, music would be played when Blues Moon returned to action.

Blues Moon had a substitute player in the line-up this night, as Ronnie Lang was filling in on bass for Bill Brickley, who had another gig with another band this night. Ronnie, Trace, singer/harmonica man Chris Trasatti, guitarist Scott Bachman and drummer Andrew Jackson, Sr. started into their set, blending blues, blues-rock, classic rock favorites and more. After Chris sang lead on the opening number, it was Trace's turn to unleash the voice, doing so on Susan Tedeschi's "Rock Me Right," and continuing on renditions of Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Pride and Joy," Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee," the Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Runnin'" and Jimi Hendrix's "Redhouse." A guest drummer named Danny replaced Andrew behind the kit for Blues Moon's singalong rendition of "Mustang Sally." The set continued with feisty renditions of "Key to the Highway," a Chili Peppers-flavored take on Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music" and Willie Dixon/Foghat's "I Just Wanna Make Love to You." The group then did renditions of War's "Low Rider" and CCR's "Born on the Bayou," before closing out the night with a strong rendition of "Stormy Monday."

I was very impressed with my first look at Blues Moon. Even with the substitute bass player this night, this band was instrumentally strong, with Andrew's steady drumwork and Ronnie's funk-tinged bass work holding down the fort for Scott's clean and rowdy guitar work and Trace's powerful voice. Trace again displayed her power, range and spunk, taking each song by the horns and giving it a full ride, and putting a chokehold on the soul along the way. She fed off the energy of the audience, having fun with audience members and dancers. Blues Moon offered an electrified, upbeat performance; you could tell these folks were feeling it this night.

It was fun and boisterous blues rock that was well worth my roadtrip to Happy Valley to check out. I won't mind doing the trip to catch this band again, Blues Moon delivers the goods!

- WBXQ -"Professor" Jim Price


We have a 5-song CD that we offer at venues. We are currently working on a CD or original songs. Trace Baker has recorded an 11-song CD of original music that was recorded in Los Angeles that will be offered soon at our website at



Trace Baker - Vocals/Guitar - Originally from Cresson, PA, Trace toured with Dallas, TX based band Trick across the country in the early '80's. A desire to write & perform original material prompted a move to Los Angeles where she showcased with bands Kings & Queens and The Trace Moran Band. In 1993 she made one of many trips to New Orleans and realized that Blues was her true love. Moving back home to PA in 1996 she performed with "Felix & The Hurricanes" and a new version of The Trace Moran Band. Trace feels she's found the musical home she longed for with the boys in BluesMoon!

State College Drummer Andrew Jackson keeps the Rock, Funk & Blues beat for BluesMoon and performed with the Earthtones Reggae Band for 15 years. He has performed at The Bethlehem Music Fest, with the Urban Fusion Jazz Band at Arts Fest, The People's Choice Festival and The Juneteenth and Blair County Festivals among numerous others. Andrew is also a regular at Bar Bleu Tony's Big Easy with The Andrew Jackson Jazz Showcase Band as well as with BluesMoon. He also played Joey Defrancesco, Papa John Defrancesco and Johnny Defrancesco Band in 1982.

A journeyman guitarist, Scott's been in the music business for 35 years. Besides lead guitar duties with BluesMoon he performs regularly with Sunbury local band "Jesse". Getting his start in the '70's as a roadie for the band "Telepath" he taught himself to play by watching what the guitar player did onstage and emulating it. Now a teacher himself at the Eclectica Gallery in Selinsgrove, he has 20-25 students at any one time. Scott also plays periodically with Ann Kerstetter & Friends, backs up Frank Fedele's "Orbisonia" Tribute show, and performs acoustic shows with Bryan Noaker.

Pete & Harold's bios are on the way!