The high flying acrobatics of America's favorite mutant bluegrass pop band continue. This time around, in addition to a full-time fiddle player and mandolinist, they've added producer extraordinaire Chuck Uchida (Old 97's, Grievous Angels, Smoking Popes, Scroat Belly) on the big guitar. This record bravely forges a blend of hopped-up bluegrass, jangly Camper Van Beethoven-ish grooves, Dottie West style singing, and a barely contained enthusiasm for AM rock and new wave. Kim Docter continues to push the envelope with her wry, keepin' a stiff upper lip in the face of the shit storms of life songwriting. There's even a couple of covers guaranteed to shake your moneymakers: Black Oak Arkansas' "Nobody Wants to Die" and Human League's "Don't You Want Me."
"Docter's eleven ferociously intelligent, tragic songs of life and love are supplemented by some covers which point up the problem of trying to pin down where the band's coming from, or heading. Regardless, their progress is well worth following." John Conquest, Third Coast Music
"Kim Docter is a keen storyteller with a muscular alto, a tell-it-like-it-is mama who would do Loretta Lynn proud, and her songwriting justifies even the Lynyrd Skynyrd guitar bursts and drunken Nashville choral arrangements. Bottoms up." Will Hermes, Entertainment Weekly
"With their third album, Moonshine Willy's evolution continues sharply upward. Rachel Ferro's violin and Chuck Uchida's lead guitar are either dream or demon, depending on the context." Brian Baker, Country Standard Time