Come to where old-school country, pop & blues collide and discover the incomparable flair of Rachael Brady & the Moonshine Special, a Blue Mountains-based 5 piece whose performances embody the sex appeal, rebellious spirit and wild energy of rockabilly icons like Wanda Jackson, Brenda Lee and Patsy Cline. Brady is a front woman like few others: a vocal and emotional powerhouse whose intimate entanglement with each tale of love, lust or woe is captivatingly palpable. Vivacious, funny, incandescent and with an enormous voice that arrests the ear and subjugates the sinews, she is artfully buoyed along by a swag of accomplished players - The Moonshine Special.
Be held captive by tales of train wrecks, funereal lullabies and love gone, gone, gone as they offer up an assemblage of nostalgia-laden, rockabilly, alt-country-noir originals in addition to a handful of obscure covers from the 20s to the 50s that pay homage to the roots of their original sound: tunes from artists such as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, the Kirby Sisters and others like them. This unmistakeable love affair with their hallowed musical origins ensures that the Moonshine Special are as much keepers of history as they are borrowers.
Folks'll laugh, folks'll cry but above all, they'll dance - so if you're hiring, you best make some room!
lead vocals - Brady's voice loops and twists like a mid-western tornado moving from whisper to steel belted wail and back again. Raw, electrifying, engaging, tender - let her take you by your ear and show you who she is – you’ll be glad you did.
“Brady is guaranteed to give a memorable and always uplifting performance - not just because she has a truly phenomenal voice but also because her music has genuine depth, beauty and intelligence."
(Cygnet Folk Festival, Tasmania)
“Blessed with one of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear.”
(Gum Ball music festival)
“...a lovely, soulful sound...a distinctive & very warm voice ”
(Caroline Tran, Triple J Home & Hosed)
John Stuart - Pedal Steel - multi-instrumentalist (Snake Town Rattlers, 3-Handed Beat Bandits), composer,
producer SoundHeaven studios (Hermitude, Urthboy, Puggsly Buzzard, Jimmi Carr).
Blake Dantier - Guitar - “Maton Rising Star” 2018 Mount Hunter Stampede and Tamworth Songwriters'
Association Award Tamworth Country Music Festival 2019.
Stefano Cosentino - Bass - composer and official Ernie Ball Musicman endorsee
Frank Corby - Drums (The Bondi Cigars, Method, Ganggajang, Babalu, Bruce Cale)