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Houston Hall - “Ghost of a Small Town is made up of 13 different tracks that pull together all of the bands strengths into one tightly-orchestrated package of excellence. The South Austin Moonlighters are creating a passion in the music scene that is a part of what I’d like to call another revolution in music, where there are Read the full article...
John Gjaltema of Alt-Country-NL - “Blue Eyed Soul with hints of Country Rock is all over the new album “Ghost Of A Small Town” by The South Austin Moonlighters (Blue Rose Records / Sonic Rendezvous). Other hints can be pretty funky, as can be heard on I’ll Be Coming Home. The Band scrape the bottom of the muddy Mississippi in Read the full article...
Peter Blackstock of Austin360 - “South Austin Moonlighters, “Ghost of a Small Town.” Following their 2014 studio debut “Burn & Shine,” this local supergroup of sorts, whose members marked many miles with the likes of Monte Montgomery, Stonehoney and the DEADMAN, ups the ante on this 13-song set of all-original material. Multi-instrumentalist Chris Beall’s memorable “A Year of Decembers” plants Read the full article...
bol.com - “Imagine: Little Feat merged with Los Lobos and then join the Flying Burrito Brothers. That best describes the music The South Austin Moonlighters. Their new album Ghost Of A Small Town is another example of inventive music that swings from the first to the last second and in which the fun never ends. Folk, blues, Read the full article...
keysandchords.com - “When words like “Moonlighters’ and ‘ghost’ in the title of a CD, DVD or the title of a book appear, my interest is always peaked. Coincidence or not, but when my wife and I a decade ago while visiting Austin Texas this interest was hatched, we discovered in one of the streets of Austin a Read the full article...
Blue Rose Records - “Ghost Of A Small Town is a step forward for S.A.M. with its great sequence, natural and clear sound and a great balance of mature songs and rocking arrangements on 13 tracks. Fans of Little Feat, Los Lobos, Beat Farmers, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Flying Burrito Brothers and Arc Angels will enjoy the album very Read the full article...
ctrlaltcountry.be - “After a self-released live CD, and “Burn & Shine” two years ago the new third album by South Austin Moonlighters, “Ghost Of A Small Town” on Germany’s Blue Rose Records guarantees us once again a very nice sampling of Texas style roots, country and Americana rock. Thirteen tracks long this album is again fully blown Read the full article...
Country Jukebox - “In the US band SOUTH AUSTIN Moonlighters from Austin, Texas, the boundaries between Americana, Country, Rock and Roots are fluid. Comprised of Lonnie Trevino Jr., Phil Bass, Josh Zee and Phil Hurley musician quartet delivers on the second CD release Ghost Of A Small Town – the debut album Burn & Shine published three years Read the full article...
Written In Music.com - “South Austin Moonlighters is a band that was established in the Texas music mecca in 2011 by four musicians with a more than decent record. Singer guitarist Phil Hurley moved from Boston to Austin. Bassist Trevino Jr. in Austin was active with bluesman Mike Zito and toured Monte Montgomery with drummer Phil bass rhythm section, Read the full article...
Dani Heyvaert of Roots Time BE - “I must admit I was quite in the dark about the particulars of this band. Their music I do know: was nearly two years ago in an unguarded moment their “Live at The Saxon Pub” arrived in my mailbox and sat in my CD player of my car for weeks. Especially their cover of “To Read the full article...
Jan Janssen of Real Roots Cafe - “The South Austin Moonlighters consist of Lonnie Trevino Jr.. (Bass), Phil Bass (drums), Phil Hurley (guitar) and Chris Beall (guitar). All members write songs and sing. To make a long story short, the German label Blue Rose Records hits the bullseye again with this Americana outfit. And with good company of other US acts on Read the full article...
Rein van den Berg of Johnny’s Garden.NL - “Music that pleases me most is music that challenges. A prerequisite it is not. I get a daily ample dose, between 8 am and 5pm, of challenges in which the level of abstraction is being stretched, so straight forward pleasure is a welcome change. That is Not a disadvantage for the musicians of The South Read the full article...
Gina Sigillito, “The 10 CDs that Rocked Austin in 2014” Examiner.com Arts & Entertainment - “[“Burn & Shine” The South Austin Moonlighters] Featuring Lonnie Trevino Jr., Phil Hurley, and Phil Bass, the South Austin Moonlighters are one of the best bands in Austin right now. Mixing the best of Southern Rock, Soul, 70s R&B, and Funk, these guys are the real deal, often evoking great bands like Little Feat and Read the full article...
KLBJ Local Licks, host Loris Lowe - “Land Mines from the CD ‘Burn & Shine’ named one of the best on Favorite Local Songs Of 2014!”
Heino Walter of cdstarts.de/musikreview German  - “The South Austin Moonlighters are a shining light in the Americana [genre] heaven and show a true evolution of the style. The band also delivers proof that you can get the best of great role models in life and can create the same through clever fusions of edge varieties to create sparkling new designs. One Read the full article...
Frank Ipach of Hooked On Music Media/News/Publishing German - “Fifteen great tracks which masterfully snake through the entire roots-rock and Americana-cosmos, “Burn & Shine” is certainly a great first effort for SOUTH AUSTIN MOONLIGHTERS. The more these four combine their talents, as well as their four different musical influences, the result should be more great albums in the fortune.”
Fat Professor of Renacer Electrico Music Mag - “The South Austin Moonlighters offer us yet another way of understanding “Texamericana”. You will enjoy (during its nearly fifty minutes) the blending of several musical genres with each of the cuts of the album that is quite varied stylistically and highly recommended. The career experience of each members of the band is top level and Read the full article...
Robbie Klanderman of Klanderman Promotions - “With all four members contributing songs and lead vocal duties, one might fear that we would end up with a convoluted grab bag of mismatched tunes. Instead, the South Austin Moonlighters have crafted a wonderfully diverse, yet satisfying blend of styles and sounds that end up being something completely new and refreshing.”
Edgar Heckmann of Blue Rose Records - “Burn & Shine is filled to the brim with great songs, great performances and charismatic musicians with a wide stylistic range and a palpable love of music. The album is a strong testament to the power of Texamericana rock and it will turn the South Austin Moonlighters into a hot property far outside of Austin Read the full article...
Peter Blackstock Austin360 - “A southside collective of songwriters modeled loosely on the template established by Saxon supergroup the Resentments a decade ago, the S.A.Moonlighters take a big step with “Burn & Shine,” their first studio album (following a live disc recorded at the Saxon in 2012). Former members of Mother Truckers, Stonehoney and Monte Montgomery’s touring band collaborate Read the full article...

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