MoeDeLL is a prolific Americana songwriter. His guitar, creative lyrics, and unique voice are the foundation. His foot stomping down home melodies and rolling rhythms tell tales from light to dark and from silliness to the endearing.
Back when he first started making music for a living, MoeDeLL received a sage piece of advice: "Play the same in front of 5 people as you would in front of 5,000." Over the years, the multi-talented rocker turned Country/Americana powerhouse has performed for crowds of every size, opening for the likes of Antigone Rising, Better Than Ezra, Cheap Trick, Bret Michaels, and members of Blind Melon. Engaging a breakneck schedule of 250-270 shows a year, he holds court everywhere from farmer's markets to bars and corporate events.
MoeDeLL, a Virginia native, was influenced by many genres of music growing up. You could hear old country playing around the house, and at a young age he was introduced to bluegrass and the pickers at the local farmer's market. Rock music pressed into the mix and took him on an adventure through many garage bands. His band Monkey In A Mansuit released a funk/rock album in 2002 and received a decent amount of local radio play. In 2004, he released his first solo EP and was signed to an independent record label. Aquarium Records released MoeDeLL's 2006 album "Out There" and "Kairos" in 2010. He also self released "The Inevitable" EP in 2010. Leaving the record label and being away from home for a decade, old country and bluegrass was resurfacing in his playing. Someone gave him an old Waylon Jennings album and he couldn't stop listening. "The songwriting flows more effortless and feels so alive and honest". With a nod to the Avett Brothers and early Johnny Cash, MoeDeLL's 2016 release, "Local", sounds like a trip down memory lane with its acoustic guitar and steady train beats. Songs about finding love, losing love, and home fill the 9 song album. "It's basically stories of my family and memories growing up". The 2017 release "LOGAN DRIVE" is basically a part 2 to the "LOCAL" album. 2018's "5" record is stripped down singer/songwriter stretching his artistic boundaries lyrically.
"I've been writing for quite some time, but when I switched genres in 2014, I feel like my songwriting became more of who I really am, particularly when it came to lyrics. I feel at home writing about day to day life and the simple things. When people get off work and head to the local watering hole for a beer, they don't want to decipher words and meanings, they just want to listen to a good catchy tune. Even if my lyrics have some deep underlying meaning, I try to present them in a simple way." This is all evident on "There It Is", MoeDeLL's 2019 Americana album. With his infectious, laid back, vocal harmony laden new single "Porch," he tells us how he gets away from all the craziness, at least in his mind - hanging around with his lady "on Sunday morning/to talk about everything everybody's doing...hangin' around, just watching the world go by."