Based in Nashville, TN, Moonshine Rhythm Club started out as a pick-up trio one late night at a Jump Session swing dance in Nashville. They started busking around central TN, finding their sound and wowing audiences of all ages. Now, they are performing swing tunes at dance events, festivals, clubs, private parties while still keeping true to their origins. They are as comfortable playing for a Lindy Hop or Balboa dance audience, as they are to a seated enthralled crowd – although people don’t remain seated for long.
The gypsy QUINTET is the main performing band : Acoustic Archtop and Maccaferri Guitars, Double Bass, Accordion, and a sweet spread of Reeds create the perfect harmony of American Swing and Gypsy Jazz. This combo synergizes musical influences from the sounds of Django Reinhardt, Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, and Fletcher Henderson and mixes it with their own unique gypsy flavor. Paying homage to the styles from which they are inspired, Moonshine Rhythm Club is constantly putting a fresh spin on classic tunes and creating originals that breathe that same vintage sound.
Moonshine Rhythm Club brings you the works – great ambiance, high energy, top-notch showmanship, and an authentic sound that honors American swing and gypsy jazz alike.
Guitar player, Eddie Rutland, started the band in May of 2015 to give dancers live gypsy music to swing out to. Moonshine Rhythm Club have held a special appreciation for swing dancers and the relationship between jazz musicians and dancers. The band travels all over to delight swing dancers at events of all sizes, and inspire listeners to fall in love with live jazz music once again. The gang is known for their highly arranged tunes and awesome ambiance for any environment. Whether it’s high noon or high moon, Moonshine Rhythm Club is sure to have your toes a-tappin’ and fingers a-snappin’.
Raw passionate music, at the highest, most entertaining level, whether played to a crowd of ten or ten thousand, Moonshine Rhythm Club never disappoints.
Eric Heveron-Smith: Double Bass & Vocals
Ryan Leet: Guitar & Vocals
Josh Irwin: Guitar
Charles Kay: Tenor Saxophone & Clarinet
Will Padgett: Accordion