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The best kept secret in music



The adage "less is more" gets it proof with Gone.Circus, the latest album from Moonlight Graham. MG has settled as a duo for their second full-length and, given the warm, contagious nature of Circus, it was a wise move. Recorded by MG founder Chris Bailey and relative newcomer Bill Littleford completely on their own, the results are dazzling. The the sinuous structures and the unforgettable melodies are incredibly strong, but the presentation is key. That a singer/songwriter duo made an all-acoustic album is no news flash; what's remarkable is that they've made an all-acoustic album that doesn't continuously remind you that it's all-acoustic. Because of the potency of the writing and arrangements, the musical base (a rootsy blend of acoustic guitar, harmonica, light percussion, harmonies, mandolin and piano) serves as an almost ghostly undercurrent, shifting elegantly like trees dancing with the wind on the ocean's coastline. Vocally, Bailey was clearly born with the Stipe gene, but his quivering delivery is used imaginatively throughout. (Littleford's vocals have a more "Indie Folk" vibe, but are equally potent). Moonlight Graham's graceful touch and transcendent melodic prowess is akin to Damien Rice's, who similarly turns Folk music into something fresh and moving. In an age of auto-tuned vocals and sickening studio gloss, MG managed to make something extremely polished and profoundly satisfying, but the only trick they use is their own talent. What a novel ideal. Moonlight Graham performs Saturday at the Pleasant Perk coffeehouse in Pleasant Ridge. (Mike Breen) Grade: A - CityBeat


2002 Caught Running in the Rain EP
2003 The Unknown Weather Test
2005 gone.Circus


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Since their inception in 2002, MOONLIGHT GRAHAM has been bringing their music to the masses. The band’s first recording projects “Caught Running in the Rain EP” & “The Unknown Weather Test” (full length) led to critical local and regional success. With regular airplay on several NPR networks & college radio stations, MOONLIGHT GRAHAM has been able to play out constantly and grow their fan base in a “grass roots” style. Performing all over the region: throughout Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and even into Virginia, the Carolina’s and a few shows in sunny California. They’ve played to crowds of a few hundred or just a few. They work hard for every group of listeners.
The famous quote from the movie ‘Field of Dreams’ (in which MOONLIGHT GRAHAM respectfully borrows it’s name) “If you build it, they will come” is proving true for this hard working band. Now with the upcoming release of the band’s 2nd full-length record, “gone.Circus”, the current line-up of Chris Bailey & Bill Littleford will take to the road again to spread their music. Thanks to national radio play, sparkling press reviews & being added to the Grammy ballot... "gone.Circus" has help to spring board the duo to the national level.

MOONLIGHT GRAHAM’s sound has been described in many ways. “Acoustic, eclectic, folksy but energetic.” It is hard to pin point this band’s sound due to the constant growth & experimentation in the studio & at their energetic live shows. Often compared to anyone from R.E.M. to the Dave Matthews Band, from David Gray to Blues Traveler, Mike Doughty, the Beatles & beyond. Chris & Bill’s influences range from various bands from the 60’s to current day, to old blues & jazz recording artists. You never know what to expect next from this band... but when you hear it, you’ll know that is it MOONLIGHT GRAHAM.