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Not quite as scrappy as the wonderful Cave Singers (who they resemble in their occasionally mournful, hillbilly-ish moments), Seattle’s Moondoggies have more in common with past country-dabbling outfits like the Jayhawks, and, going back even further, the Band and the Grateful Dead. And it might be the blending of genres likes blues, rock and country, seasoned with weathered, ripe questioning on topics like spiritual yearning, that lends The Moondoggies (four musicians in their early 20s) an air of having been around a while. Standouts include the churchly organ and lofty guitars of “Black Shoe;” the sweetly understated tracks “Old Hound” and “Undertaker;” a choogalooging, foot-stomping rave-up called “’Ol Blackbird;” a hand-clapping throwdown to the man upstairs, “Jesus On the Mainline;” and “Long Time Coming,” which could have come right off an old Band album. With three-part harmonies, honeyed hooks, a classic Rhodes organ and a guitar sound that isn’t shy, the Moondoggies do a great job of blurring the boundaries between a bar-room brand of No Depression, laid back ‘70s rock and a cosmic-country hoedown. Don’t Be a Stranger is a refreshing and impressive debut.

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I'm going down to die...over this entire album!

The Moondoggies know how to write an album for sitting in the backyard and drinking an iced-cold one. I can easily see it crossing over into settings involving everyone having a good time though, sans backyard! With exceptional musicians, creative lyrics and a good vibe...I'll be spreading the word about this little gem. I'm looking forward to seeing what they'll drop next!

Catchy, fun, and soulfull

This is the Moondoggies first album, and it is great. All the songs are great, my favorite is probably 'Ol Blackbird, but it is hard to pick one. With piano, guitar, drums, and the occasional harmonic, they have a sound something like "The Band".

Moondoggies or Bust!!

I heard these guys a couple weeks back on KEXP and had a bloody difficult time finding them, but it was definitely worth it. they remind me of The Band. Now I wanna go see one of their shows.


Formed: Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Rooted in folk-rock and woodsy Americana, the Moondoggies take influences from such vocally inclined groups as the Byrds, the Band, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Although hailing from Seattle, seeds for the band's formation were planted in nearby Everett, Washington, where Kevin Murphy (vocals, guitar), Robert Terreberry (bass), Carl Dahlen (drums), and Caleb Quick (keyboards) formed a teenaged band while attending Cascade High School. The students discovered their talent for three-part vocal...
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