Moonshine Society
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Moonshine Society

Washington, Virginia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Washington, Virginia, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Blues Roots




"Witch Queen of New Orleans"

"Dirty, greasy down home blues at it's best, and Betty certainly could be the "Witch Queen Of New Orleans" with a voice like this..."
--Peter Merrett, 106.7 Melbourne Australia - 106.7 Melbourne Australia

"Nashville Blues Society"

“Sweet Thing”... is full of Betty’s big-voiced looks at love thru both lusty rockers and plaintive ballads. ...A red-hot mama on vocals who writes the blues the way we like to hear ’em, with Hall Of Fame musicianship, “Sweet Thing” has all the goods!” - Nashville Blues Society

"Sweet Thing Delivers the Goods"

"From the start of the album, Black Betty demonstrates her remarkable vocal range; belting out tunes that would make even the likes of Koko Taylor, Etta James and Big Mama Thornton sit up and take notice." - Reflections In Blue

"Concert Review"

"Saucy singer and band impart a spicy note!" - The Beachcomber

"Killer Stuff"

"...No strangers to rubbing elbows with the crème of the crop, the mixture of chops and penumbra really kicks ass. With a leading lady that’s really a leader layering the way, this crew knows how to make Koko Taylor and Willie Dixon smile down upon them. Killer stuff." - Midwest Record Review


2019- Sweet Thing
Produced by Mark Williams
Co-Produced by Jenny Langer and Tod Ellsworth
Recorded at Suckerpunch Studios (Bethesda, MD)

2011- Live In Shanghai
Produced by Christopher Brown
Recorded live from the House and Blues and Jazz (Shanghai, China)



Winner 2020 International Blues Challenge (IBC)- Best Self-Produced AlbumMultiple Wammie Nominations, over 1,000 performances in the US since forming and over 50 appearances in China.  Lead by Blues Hall of Fame inductee Black Betty.

Moonshine Society gives a big nod to Aesop’s theory that we’re known by the company we keep.  So while staking claim to lofty Music Land real estate of their own with a searing, cutting-edge blend of blues, soul, rock and R&B, they continue to rack up powerhouse stripes rubbing elbows with the best.  Johnny Winter, Gov’t Mule, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Tower of Power, John Mayall, Roomful of Blues, John Mayer and Ron Holloway count among the legends the band and its members have accompanied and opened for, not to mention other greats as Tab Benoit, George Clinton and the Funkadelic, Danny Gatton and Samantha Fish. 

Moonshine Society is the offspring of three promising young music scholars who came together at Boston’s renown Berklee College of Music. Of like minds and musical passions, they united in 2009 to create their own brand of soulful blues, roots rock and old-school R&B–if a fundamental definition is actually required.  In truth, they teamed to craft their own formula of music that speaks to the soul and defies the labels of traditional musical confines.  

The trio sealed their pact one moonlit night in the Anacostia Delta, where then and there, their name became written in the stars.  They were to be Moonshine Society.  Little did they know on that fateful night that they were buckled in on a launching pad set to rocket them at dizzying speed to performance destinations of their wildest dreams throughout the US and the world.  In retrospect, though, it’s little wonder considering the band’s composition of killer talent, now four-plus strong.  

Leading the troupe is impassioned, soulful singer and songwriter Black Betty, who has shared the stage with such musical greats as Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks and Jack Pearson of Allman Brothers fame, Susan Tedeschi of the Tedeschi Trucks band and Jimmy Vivino from “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”. Part vamp and part glamour girl, she is all-commanding in her on-stage deliveries and becomes pure sorceress spellbinding audiences with her searing hot vocals. To quote from her sizzlingly seductive rendition of “Fever” –what a lovely way to burn.

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