“Moonrunner is a band born and bred in Columbia that’s a blend of a little bit of bluegrass, a little bit of folk rock and a whole lot of originality. The stage presence alone of the band’s frontmen Nate Haynes and Dave Kemper had the audience going wild, as they regaled the crowd with humor or danced their way across the stage amidst the band’s wildly gripping rockabilly songs. Their natural charisma was perfectly complemented by the entire band’s unified presence and easygoing atmosphere, and West Junior High School teacher David Aulger blew the crowd away with his keyboard magic and soulful harmonica solos.
Halfway through their show, Moonrunner brought a set of three guest backup singers on stage, all Columbia locals who had their own bands but who occasionally collaborate with their Moonrunner colleagues. Calling them “backup singers”, in truth, is hardly fair, as they added a whole new vocal layer to the latter half of Moonrunner’s performance and exhibited the most”
— The Rock
“MoonRunner, a 7-piece group whose original songs have a haunting, hard-edged quality, has been garnering a strong following in recent months. After spending the winter of 2010 assembling a coalition of musicians to further expand the brilliant soundscapes that once defined this young band. On April 29th, 5 months of preparation culminated live at The Bluenote, when 9 young musicians took the stage to offer a truly unique, collective musical experience. MoonRunner has attracted crowds of over 300 and the attention of several major record labels, they have gained a reputation as not only Columbia's best band, but one of the best new groups in the nation.”
— Bob Schnieders, Vice President of Distributions, Universal Records
“During the winter of 2010, MoonRunner assembled a coalition of musicians to further expand the brilliant soundscapes that once defined this young band. At times deafening and at times somber, MoonRunner strives to stretch the boundaries and perceptions of local Midwestern music without restriction, reservation or concession. On April 29th, 5 months of preparation will culminate live at The Blue Note in Downtown Columbia, Mo., when nine musicians take the stage to offer a truly unique, collective musical experiment.
— Columbia Tibune