Dusty Roads Reviews


"On Dusty Roads, not only does Justin Moses play six instruments, but he plays them with intensity and drive.  It occasions little surprise that so many people in the bluegrass community laud his diverse talent."

-Bluegrass Now Magazine, June 2007

"'Justin Moses of the Blue Moon Rising band is one talented young individual.  Joined here by Blue Moon bandmates Chris West, Keith Garrett, and Tim Tipton, Moses shows his instrumental and vocal prowess on a project of mostly original material very nicely arranged and recorded...From the opening notes of "Old Federal" to the final phrase of "Turning Point," Moses demonstrates that if it has strings, he can pick it...This is an excellent first solo outing for a talented young man who appears to have a bright future in this music."  

-Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, December 2006

"Moses plays mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle, dobro and bass, so his CD is an
overdubbed thing of wonder. On instrumentals like this title tune, he gets to solo on each of his axes.  On the vocals, he sings the lead, as well as the tenor and baritone parts.  I wonder what his live show is like."

-Music Row

"Holy cow! Moses does everything except leap tall buildings in single bound so don’t be surprised to see Moses leap into prominence in the world of bluegrass.  He does it all:  lead, tenor, and high baritone vocals, mandolin, banjo, guitar, Dobro, and bass.  "Dusty Roads" is an energetic recording with fingers flying in all directions and most of the fingers belong to a multi talented Moses.  His first single release features phenomenal musicianship from start to finish.  For example, on several tracks, with over-dubbing, Moses is the only musician on a toe tapping "Old Federal," "Comin’ Up A Cloud," "Rounding The Bases," and the progressive sounding "Turning Point."  Whether he is playing alone or getting a little help from his friends, Moses displays a smooth
innovative technique.  His authoritative approach is fresh yet filled with the soul of traditional bluegrass.  Speaking of friends, Moses has some good ones, including Blue Moon Rising Bandmates Tim Tipton (bass), Chris West (guitar and tenor) and Keith Garrett (guitar and lead vocal), and guests Steve Gully (tenor), and Andy Leftwich (fiddle).  Other favorites are "Heart of Alabama," a heartwarming love story, "Rounding the Bases" with a gentle Celtic feeling, "Dawn Brings Sunlight" a beautiful melody that is reminiscent of walking through a forest with a gently flowing creek, and the no holds barred instrumental, "Impact."   Moses is a one man band who will have you shaking
your head in amazement. On a five point scale of excellence, this release merits a five."

-Bob Mitchell, Louisville Music News

"Welcome the awe-inspiring Justin Moses Show!  ...He gets my vote for "Best all-around in 2006," and his future in bluegrass music is very promising as both a performer and session musician as competent as a guy like Ronnie Stewart.  ..."Dusty Roads" presents a great many subtleties with impressive playing and evocative settings.  Justin has crafted a very artistic set of music.  Backwoods bluegrass it's not.  It's simply some inspiring tunes from a very impressive talent."

-Joe Ross, Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine

"Justin Moses can pick, seriously pick. From the opening notes of the first cut, an original instrumental entitled 'Old Federal' he brings it on, not only the mandolin, but also banjo, guitar, fiddle, dobro, and bass."

-Steven Stone, Vintage Guitar Magazine

"...a killer collection of original instrumentals punctuated by some tasty vocals, tasteful arrangements and some real energy.  This album really sparkles from beginning to end with one surprise after another...Thanks again for the sublime tunes!"

-Dave Higgs, Nashville Public Radio

"This project has all the bells & whistles of a first class production; beautiful singing, flawless instrumental work and excellent original material... If you love your bluegrass with an edge then this is the project for you.  Justin Moses takes you up the mountain and lets you look down the other side before he brings you back.  He takes bluegrass and keeps stretching it to the limit.  The musicians on this project are some of the best in the business...  I played the entire project and all of the songs were requested to be played again.  Thank you for sharing your fine project with us."

-Al Shusterman, KCBL/Backroads Bluegrass

"GREAT STUFF! The great game of bluegrass music playing doesn't get more All Star sounding than this, and it seems like its child's play for the entire team."

-Gracie Muldoon, Music News Nashville