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Moonshine Bandits Interviewed By St. Joseph News-Press (@MoonshineBandit)

by / Tuesday, 27 January 2015 / Published in REBEL NEWS


Tex from the Moonshine Bandits rently sat down with St. Joseph News-Press to talk about their new album and the Rebels on the Run Tour. Read the full interview online here and read a blurb from the interview after the jump:
Moonshine Bandits to perform at No Place

The Moonshine Bandits will play at No Place Dance Bar on Saturday, Jan. 24. The band is comprised of Dusty ‘Tex’ Dahldren and Brett ‘Bird’ Brooks.

If you go:
What: Moonshine Bandits with Big B and Denum Jones
When: Jan. 24, 8 p.m.
Where: No Place Dance Bar, 3414 S. 22nd St., (816) 901-9338
How much: $10
Some people call the Moonshine Bandits “hick-hop” but band member Dusty “Tex” Dahldren doesn’t like that moniker.

The Moonshine Bandits, a self-proclaimed genre-less band from California, will play at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at No Place Dance Bar. Dahldren said this is the band’s first headlining tour. Dahldren and his bandmate Brett “Bird” Brooks have been breaking genre barriers for 15 years.
“We just make music. We make Moonshine Bandits music. It’s natural for us. We’ve been doing it since ’99,” Dahldren says. “Right now, I don’t think there’s a set genre. I’ve always been against genres anyway.”

Dahldren says the band members never aimed to make music that exceeds the bounds of modern genres — they are just expressing themselves.

“We’re excited to head out your way and rock out with everybody out there,” Dahldren says.
The band gets its inspiration for songs from two places, Dahldren says. While on the road, interaction with fans has inspired songs. The rural part of California, from which the band hails, also inspires the guys.

“People think we’re from Hollywood, we’re surfers, we’re skateboarders,” Dahldren says. “But the truth is we’re from the central part of California and that is one of the biggest agricultural parts of the United States, especially when it comes from farming and blue collar.”
In response to that perception, Dahldren says there have been several big names come out of California’s country scene, including Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakum and Merle Haggard.
“Those are big country guys coming out of Bakersfield, which is three or four hours from where we live,” Dahldren says. “There is country in California. It’s just a matter of what part of California, and we’re from the heart of that.”

Regardless of the big California names, the Arkansas-born Johnny Cash remains one of Dahldren’s favorites.

“I’m a die-hard Johnny fan,” Dahldren says.
He’s such a fan, in fact, that he praises Cash’s version of “Hurt” over the Nine Inch Nails version.

“When he did that video, just how he sang that and his voice,” Dahldren says. “If you’re not a fan of that version, I don’t know, you must be on a different planet.”
Dahldren says this year Moonshine Bandits bought its own tour bus and has 30-plus shows set. He says waking up in different time zones and doing the grind still can be fun after 15 years. While other bands are successful overnight, he says the band’s journey is the same and it still has a close relationship with its fan base.

“It’s just been a long, long haul for us,” Dahldren says. “It is a tough job. It’s not just all glitz and glamor.”

Tickets for the show are $10.