“They are the type of group that takes away any worry about the future of traditional jazz in the city that created it."
Wade, Luquet, AllAboutJazz.com

"The Moonshiners, whose oeuvre is trad jazz with a twist of modern sensibility, made by young people who not only play jazz standards, but who are writing fresh new material… jazz is not only alive and kicking, its future is going to be better and brighter, and more accessible than ever."
Jan Ramsey, offBeat Magazine

"These guys really know how to do New Orleans music up right, bringing the listener classic New Orleans Jazz style with a bit modern flair and spice creating something uniquely ours."
JJ, Whereyat Magazine

If you see just one live music performance while you are in New Orleans, make sure it is the New Orleans Moonshiners. But be prepared to get up and "shake dat thang." Preserving the traditions of New Orleans music since 2008, the Moonshiners play everything from Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton to Fats Domino and Huey Piano Smith. The band formed in early 2008 with the goal of helping to preserve traditional jazz post-Katrina among a new generation of citizens. They began the journey at the world-famous and now defunct Donna’s Bar and Grill, where they held court every Friday. It was there that they learned the art of performing a live show and engaging their audience in what is quickly becoming an endangered musical form. New Orleans native Chris Edmunds, the Moonshiners’ banjo player and bandleader, wanted to keep the music fresh, however. He and other band members began writing original songs to include in the mix, such as "I Wish I Had Two of You" and "Uptown Ditty." The New Orleans Moonshiners soon became fixtures with regular gigs at venues all over town, such as Bacchanal Wine, Spotted Cat, and Rock N Bowl. Their latest release "Frenchmen St. Parade" was voted "Best Traditional Jazz Album of 2011" by the readers of Offbeat Magazine. Their 2010 release "I'm Comin' Home" was also nominated. The Moonshiners have performed at festivals all over New Orleans such as New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, French Quarter Fest, and Satchmo Fest, among many others. A favorite of the swing dancing community, the Moonshiners most recently performed in New York City at Lincoln Center’s “Midsummer Night Swing." The Moonshiners are also a local favorite on New Orleans’ favorite radio station, 90.7 WWOZ, where you can hear their music played on a regular basis. Young or old, everyone agrees: the Moonshiners’ energy is contagious, and the grooves are irresistible.