|Artist Name:||Mars or the Moon|
joejahlovehart - at - aol.com
|Years Active:||2004 - Present|
|Lani Williams, Vocals and Guitar
Joe Hart, Guitars and Vocal
Lenen Nicola, Percussion
Kevin Silva, Keyboards
Roger Osburn, Bass
Glen Hopkins Drums
MARS OR THE MOON is the songwriting vision of Joe Hart and Lani Williams. Live, they are most often accompanied by Lenen Nicola on percussion. With the release of their CD, they will be doing more full band shows. On record they have been joined by some musical heavy weights. Most notably Dane Clark and Jon E. Gee of John Mellencamp’s band are the handling the duties in the rhythm section. Clarence Hooks adds Piano, Bob Fields provides sweet Hammond Organ tones, Stacia Demos plays accordion and Kipp Normand plays saw to give them a lush, organic richness that rocks so much harder than their coffee house folky roots. These songs were captured brilliantly by Eric Klee Johnson and Marc Johnson at the Pop Machine. And Mastered by Andy Vandette at Masterdisk in New York City.
On the strength of their past musical efforts they have been able to play 100’s of shows with no demo to support them. They have already opened shows for Americana Music Legends, James McMurtry, Todd Snider, Bill Miller and David Lindley. They have wowed the crowd opening a sold out show for British Music Legend, John Waite. They had a lovely time opening for the critically acclaimed songwriter, Jonatha Brooke and jamming with her after the show for hours in the dressing room (Jonatha even mentioned it on her ‘tour blog’ of her web site). Most recently they have opened for Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde, Ari Hest, Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens, Matt White, Brendon James, and Diane Birch.