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Moonshine Society / Press

"[Her] voice reminds me of if Aretha and Reba had a baby in New Orleans..."

The Hamilton

"The singer reminds me of Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) singin soul. And that is a huge compliment!" - Barry Herndon, Sr. Exec at EastCoast Entertainment

EastCoast Entertainment

"This past Friday, the bluesy rock band Moonshine Society performed a powerful set. Moonshine Society, a Washington, DC favorite, has played all over the world, and its members have worked with artists such as John Mayer and the Nighthawks. Moonshine’s growing popularity is well deserved. The band members, including Joe Poppen on guitar, Christopher Brown on bass, Pete Ragusa on drums, and Black Betty on vocals, have tremendous stage presence, engaging with the crowd and clearly having just as much fun as the audience. Black Betty effortlessly belted classics like Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” and “Fever,” and the group even performed a bluesified Janet Jackson cover. Betty’s sultry low notes ascend crisply into powerful high belts, reminiscent of iconic blues artists. Her wide smile, soaring vocals, and rhythmic dancing captivated the crowd throughout the 3 hours."

"Saucy singer and band impart a spicy note!"

“...Along with musical talent, Black Betty treats its audiences to an interesting visual aesthetic. Fronted by a rockabilly model, the band has guitarist Joe Poppen, with an afro and a Fu Manchu, close by her side. "The visual aspect and the character definitely come into play," said Black Betty, who often is recognized on the street for her distinctive long black hair and lacy ensembles... The sound: Modern blues that grabs hold of your soul and rocks it.”

“Moonshine Society gave, again in my opinion, the consistently best set of the night. Black Betty, despite the pin-up girl schtick (no, seriously, there are pin-up photos on the band‘s Web site) has a strong voice, tons of personality, and a tight grip on the material, which is more rhythm and blues-sounding than many blues bands, with rolling gospel-chord changes more reminiscent of Ray Charles than Howlin‘ Wolf, and definitely more sophisticated. Stuff like "Feel Like Breaking Up Some-body‘s Home", covered by everyone from Etta James to Bette Midler, and a slow blues called "Better than This" stood out. The guitar player, Joe Poppen (photo at right, with Black Betty), was the last big discovery of the night – fluid, tasteful, sophisticated, articulate, intelligent. He got a spongy, Robert-Cray-type tone from his Strat that sonically fit perfectly with this tight ensemble, and yet his playing is far more interesting than Cray‘s paint-by-numbers approach to soloing.”

“New Deal Café Gets Down And Dirty With The Blues-Blues enthusiasts from across the region enjoy music at Greenbelt's daylong festival. People couldn't help but get up and dance as they enjoyed a day's worth of blues at the Roosevelt Center – the music just makes you want to move. "People like the blues because you can get up and dance to it," said Jenny Langer, who does booking and public relations for the group Moonshine Society. "They want to get up and they want to boogie, and they want to do it to a live band." Though this was the first time Moonshine Society played the festival, Sept. 11 marked the seventh year the Greenbelt Blues Festival has been held. And organizers felt this year was the best they've seen. "This has been one of our most successful [festivals] in terms of attendance and quality of music," said Dorian Winterfeld of the nonprofit Friends Of New Deal Café Arts, the organization that sponsors the festival... ”

“Big pipes, blazing guitar sounds, sexy personality and dancing girls- I don’t know what else you could ask for. This DC-based band has been rocking eclectic crowds since 2004 when the band formed at Berklee College of Music. But don’t let that stop you from checking them out- you’ll find no typical Berklee jazz cats here. Inspired by the looks of Dita Von Teese and Bettie Page, and the likes of Joplin, Koko, and Plant, you can’t help but be pulled into the live vocals and stage presence of this feisty firecracker. ….Killer music just isn’t enough- Check out the tasty visuals of this little rocker. An admitted myspace addict, I was a bit of a lurker once I found Black Betty’s profile through the band’s spot at myspace.com/blackbettyrocks”

"[Black Betty] may be young in age, but she's really an old soul," says Zampell, owner of Mode Merr clothing, and a former costumer for the Boston Lyric Opera. "She takes the business seriously. But she's also totally into dress-up and pretend." Langer [aka Betty] is just as serious about exploring the roots and rituals of pinup culture, much as a young guitarist might mine old LPs for vintage Delta blues riffs..." ...Fundamentally, it's a scene as much character-driven as it is fashion-driven. Black Betty, for instance, a name borrowed from an old blues song, is a persona Langer slips into as comfortably as a sequined peasant blouse. Fronting her band Moonshine Society , which she with fellow Berklee alumni Joe Poppen and Chris Brown, she draws inspiration from Janis Joplin and Koko Taylor . But she layers on plenty of cheesecake, too, creating a vibe at once sonic and sartorial....