Well, Vin would recover eventually by early in the new year, though it wasn’t an easy road We would eventually get together and rehearse at RVP Studios in West Haven, CT. During Vin’s downtime, we began auditions for a new girl or two to fill the recently vacated female co-lead spot. First up, was singer/songwriter Emily Colt, and man does this girl bring it! Emily was a great fit right out of the gate…… She had a great voice, good looks, energy & the band just clicked with her. When I asked Vin, he said yeah this girl is good! However, sometimes things come with a bit of a trade-off, meaning she is a busy girl and may not always be available. Her full-time career is doing makeup for NBC Sports, and with that comes a crazy work schedule.
Vin called one evening with some sad news, he too had decided to call it quits as a member of Moonshine. He was offered a great job in Hartford, an hour further away from his current one hour commute to rehearse with us in Easton. We miss him and will always be grateful for the role he played early on in the first chapter of the group
It was time to audition another girl or two to fill for Emily if she was unavailable. This would mean they would need to possess similar qualities to Emily. We found two great girls but unfortunately neither could give us the commitment we needed. They were both from New York, so to them we were a bit too far……
Our first show was set for 2017 at a place called The Fez in Stamford, Connecticut. Stamford is home to some of the band and birthplace of Moonshine founder’s David & Deena Robushi. We played an early show on a Sunday night to a full house, and we were told they lined up out the door at one point and the staff never knew what hit them at the Fez. The Fez definitely has a Bitter End, New York City musical vibe going on. Next, it would is onto the Bull & Barrel in Brewster, New York. The Bull in Barrel has got to be the coolest country themed establishment in the Northeast in the band’s opinion, and this place sets the bar mighty high! From the décor to the drinks and food to the Mechanical Bull. Great staff and service to top it all off nicely, and we can’t wait to go back.
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