Bay Area Collective Moonalice Shares New Album ‘Light Side of the Moonalice – An Acoustic Adventure’
February 24, 2023 BY George Chammas
Today, Bay Area collective Moonalice releases Light Side of the Moonalice – An Acoustic Adventure, via Nettwerk. Recorded in August 2022 with 4x-Grammy Award-winning engineer Dave Way (Fiona Apple, Pink, Norah Jones), the acoustic project sees Moonalice rework staples from their recent pair of EPs Full Moonalice Vol. 1 and Full Moonalice Vol. 2, including “Time Has Come Today” and “Love Peace & Happiness.” The group also shares their single “More & More,” and describes how love transforms the simple pleasures in life to the sublime. With a touch of Western swing and sweet lyrics, “More & More” is an upbeat celebration of how love grows. The album features another new original, Arms Reach Out, by Chloe Tietjen, Erika Tietjen, and Nashville hit songwriter Dylan Altman.
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Moonalice may be known for their electric psychedelic soul sound, but they have a long history of acoustic performances. Light Side of the Moonalice – An Acoustic Adventure was inspired by a video the band recorded for Acoustic Guitar Magazine featuring live versions of “Nick of Time” and “Woo Woo,” both of which are included on the album as new studio recordings.
“All of us in Moonalice are all folkies at heart,” states Roger McNamee. “We write our songs on acoustic instruments and it was fantastic to record them that way. The early feedback from fans has been gratifying. We may have to book some acoustic concert dates!”
Moonalice has big plans for the spring, and are kicking off their return to live shows with the annual hometown 4/20 celebration at San Francisco’s The Chapel. The group will also return to Napa Valley’s BottleRock Festival and Skull & Roses Festival in Ventura, CA. Moonalice recently partnered with One Tree Planted, a nonprofit organization focused on global reforestation. Since 2014, the organization has planted over 40 million trees in more than 47 countries across the globe. For every fan that follows Moonalice on Spotify, One Tree Planted will plant one tree.
Light Side of the Moonalice – An Acoustic Adventure Tracklist
1) Love Peace & Happiness
2) Arms Reach Out
3) More & More
4) Nick of Time
5) Time has Come Today
6) Woo Woo
7) People Get Ready
8) California Dreamin…
MOONALICE – 2023 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Date City/State/Province Venue
4/20 San Francisco, CA 420 Gathering of the Tribe @ The Chapel
4/23 Ventura, CA Skull & Roses Festival
5/26 Napa Valley, CA BottleRock Festival
Moonalice is an exuberant Bay Area ten-piece known for delivering a unique brand of psychedelic soul and rock-tinged Americana. With an unparalleled list of collaborations with some of the biggest names in music, the family tree of Moonalice has touched every corner of rock and roll history. Vocalist Lester Chambers co-founded the pioneering ‘60s psychedelic soul group The Chambers Brothers. Bassist Pete Sears was a founding member of Jefferson Starship and played with everyone from Rod Stewart to Jimi Hendrix. Moonalice band members have toured with Bruce Hornsby & the Range, John Fogerty, The Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends, Hot Tuna, Jackson Browne, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Blind Boys of Alabama, Jenny Lewis, and many others. Guitarist Roger McNamee was an advisor to the Grateful Dead and U2, and fights against entrenched power in the tech industry. Moonalice’s incredible chemistry shines through in their live performances and the recent release of the Chambers Brothers classic, “Time Has Come Today.” Moonalice also features esteemed members Barry Sless (lead guitar and pedal steel), Jason Crosby (keyboards), Mookie Siegel (keyboards), Grammy winner John Molo (drums), along with the next generation of legends including Lester’s son Dylan Chambers, and Erika, Rachel, and Chloe Tietjen of acclaimed Americana band the T Sisters. Moonalice has a renegade spirit and an ethos of love, peace, and happiness that permeates everything they do.