Artist News/Career Highlights
- "On The Rise" (2005) debuted at #14 on Billboard Top 50, and was a "CMT Top 10 Bluegrass Album" for that year
- 2006 nomineed for IBMA Emerging Artist of Year
- 2008 "One Lonely Shadow" recieved heavy XM/Sirius radio play
- Current release "Strange New World" (2010) on Rural Rhythm
Blue Moon Rising Biography
Blue Moon Rising is a national touring band based out of East Tennessee comprised of Chris West (lead vocals and guitar); Tony Mowell (bass and vocals); Brandon Bostic (mandolin, guitar, vocals); and Rusty Ferrell (banjo.)
The band garnered international recognition with the release of their third album, “On the Rise” (Lonesome Day Records) that proved to be a symbolic title for the group as
the album debuted at #14 on the BILLBOARD Top 50 Bluegrass Chart in 2005. “On the Rise” received tremendous recognition including, but not limited to, "CMT.com Top 10 Bluegrass Albums" and "Gritz Magazine's Top Overall Albums” of 2005." “On the Rise” spent ten months on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine's Bluegrass National Survey Top 15 Album Chart and the single, “This Old Martin Box” spent the entire 2006 calendar year in the Top 30 Singles. IBMA members honored the group with a 2006 nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year with band leader, Chris West performing in the 2006 IBMA Songwriter’s Showcase.
Fans had eagerly awaited their July 2008 release of their fourth album, “One Lonely Shadow (Lonesome Day Records) and were not disappointed. The album highlights the band’s ability to perform their original well-crafted bluegrass songs and also throwing in a few surprises to the mix. “One Lonely Shadow” is still receiving significant airplay and chart success including impressive airplay on Sirius-XM and other popular stations around the world.
In 2010 BMR released the fifth career project and first with Rural Rhythm records titled "Strange New World". This record did much more than exceed expectations with a terrific groove and great harmonies the band celebrated chart topping success on multiple charts. "Time To Be Movin On" being the first single, then spawning the haunting "My Sittin Window"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMi3rlqt9N0 this record quicly became a fan favorite.
Blue Moon Rising is lead by the multi-talented guitarist and acclaimed songwriter, Chris West, who writes many of the band’s songs. His original tunes have become the signature sound of the band, including fan favorites: The Hanging Tree, Crime I'm Guilty Of, The Old Time Preacher Man, Good Time for Going Home, Revival, He Arose, and so many more.