Moonshine Mafia Live in Texarkana Friday Night
The Indie rock band Moonshine Mafia takes the stage at Fat Jack’s Friday night.The band is a great mix of musicians.
ANNA — “This is my dirt, she says.” A Henderson State University/Ellis College of Arts and Sciences Alumni, Anna moved back from Dallas in January 2011 after being in the great beyond for 20 yrs. During her walk-about, she has shared the stage with Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Radney Foster, Texas Country heart throb Deryl Dodd, Blues Legend Gerry Moss, and opened for several country and rock artists from Little Big Town to Uncle Kracker. A favorite recording musician in Dallas, Austin & Houston, led her to many touring opportunities in the US and Internationally.
Prior to her return, she was coaching and developing artists, including producing & managing up and coming talent for UltraxRecords and Septien School of Contemporary Music, both located in Dallas. But she hasn’t always been living the dream.
This pierced, tattooed, ripped-up jean wearing rock and roll evangelist gave up the corporate rat race as the ﬁrst step to her liberation. Although professionally performing and coaching “on the side” for several years to a full time job, life just wasn’t quite right.
“I grew a pair about five years back and ﬁnally put down the corner ofﬁce. I wasn’t living anymore — my purpose wasn’t being fulﬁlled. Yeah, I was playing but my soul weighed less. It wasn’t until I made the decision to go into music full time that I kinda felt delivered.”
As we all know, the music industry is a balance of disappointments and victories, you hope for more of the latter and learn how to deal with the rest along the way. Loaded with attitude and a fair temperament, Anna’s no stranger to the duality of being an artist — even the darkness that resides inside each musician.
“As an artist sometimes you are bathed in glory and sometimes your faith is shaken, it’s our nature. Its a love hate relationship. It’s what wrestles me out of bed at 3 a.m. with lyrics burning down the walls of my mind or sometimes it’s completely absent from me, and I can’t seem to do anything right, nothing! You’re taken to the highest places you can imagine and the next you’re in the lowest depths even nightmares seem tame.”
It’s not too often you hear a drummer command the band. Driving a back beat that would make Levon Helm proud, Darin doesn’t say much but man he can make his drums talk! He grew up immersed in music, near Branson, Mo., and has been performing since he was 15 for acts like the popular Nash Brothers.
As he grew, he was sought after by many regional bands, which took him on the road for various tours, opening for artists like: The Moody Blues, Poison and Jefferson Starship.
While in Texas, Darin became a quick favorite as “the go to guy” for many recording studios and touring bands across the state and a easy pick for producers like Adam Mitchell, Charlie Peacock, Richie Biggs & Coke Johnson. He’s played on several national and international recording projects, including “Self Destruction Override” – Matt Brodeur/2009, 1st single “Misery” peaked at No. 45, after 16 weeks on the U.S. pop charts.
Along with his wife, Anna – they coach and develop artists, via Williams Studios.
TOMMY – Tommy “The Kid” – Lead Guitar.
It’s always the young guns you should keep an eye on. They’re trigger happy and loaded. The boy barely has whiskers but he can play a mean lead.
Tommy started playing the six string at the age of 14 and has quickly become an established guitarist in Arkansas. Armed with a clean warm tone, a chill attitude and a fierce vision, “The Kid” is a force to be reckoned with. He is currently seeking his Master Guitar in Performance from Berklee School of Music. Ain’t no stopping this fellow now. He has a wide range of influences, from many genres: blues, rock & jazz. Just start the groove and he’s all over it.
CARL – An Arizona desert transplant, Carl brings swagger and loaded guns to the stage. With 30 years in the biz, from music to tour security, he’s been dubbed, “The Enforcer,” and this tall drink of water is not to be messed with! Carl lays it down heavy in the band, completing a wicked solid rhythm section.