Out Here on the Road
Catherine Moon has a style of songwriting that is both striking and diverse. 'Catherine Moon obliterates the barriers between folk and other music...she slides among genres as nimbly as a 14-year-old on a skateboard changes direction. Moon's versatility is immense, her impact tactile, her moods and influences far flung.' Hudson Current Other NJ music critics sing her praises... Ben Horowitz of the Star Ledger writes, 'her breathy, expressive quavering vocals...with her airy, hard-driving, jazz-tinged acoustic guitar...added a searing edge to her dreamy, primal, alternative folk-rock.' Freelance music writer Josph Del Priore stated, 'Beneath her surface fragility lies a strength of will, an honesty, and a refusal to be anyone's Madonna, scapegoat, or rag doll. She writes a passionate gospel for a church I wish I belonged to.' Music Among Friends Coffeehouse Crier states, 'It's the tone and tension, the swerves and synapses that connect syllables, the soul and spirituality that embody Catherine Moon's powerfully expressive instrument, that lasso you into her herd of admirer's.' Moon's new musical material is infused with her political vision. Bob Macon in the Aquarian states, 'Few troubadours have the guts to express their political views with any passion, but Catherine Moon remains an old-school singer-songwriter with her third independent release, Out Here On The Road...In these troubled times, the world needs more artists and activists like Catherine Moon to express what they feel in their souls but don't see with their eyes.' It is no coincidence that her musical activities of late have revolved around her activism. Her merging of music and politics began with feminist causes such as 'Take Back The Night' rallies, candlelight vigils for battered women, and pro choice concerts including the 2000 state-wide rally in Trenton. Since then she has expanded her efforts to global issues. In April 2001, Moon organized benefit concert at Rutgers University for Rainforest Action Network in support of the U'wa Tribe and their struggle against a multinational oil corporation. In January 2002, she organized a benefit concert at Debaun Auditorium at Steven's Institute in Hoboken in support of RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) and their struggle against fundamentalist oppression. Moon currently works at New Jersey Peace Action as a grassroots organizer. This new album features her new band which includes her lead guitar-playing husband Josh Rubin, acoustic double bass player Paul Ivory, percussionist Lara Gonzalez, and legendary drummer Luther Rix who toured with Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Tour. Moon has played prestigious venues such as Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair NJ, The Turning Point in Piermont NY, Maxwells in Hoboken NJ, and Postcrypt Coffeehouse at Columbia University in NYC. She has opened for Ani DiFranco, Ralph Nader, and The Vagina Monologues. She was one of six songwriting acts (out of over 100 applicants) chosen to play the New Folk Showcase at 1995's NJ Folk Festival. Moon has also showcased at the New York Underground Music and Poetry Festival and the Midwest Music Summit.