Frances Mooney & Fontanna Sunset

Band Leader and Atlanta Country Music Hall of Famer, Frances Mooney says, “We feel our approach is unique for many reasons, we’re not afraid of challenges, driving rhythm and power vocals.  Then too, we aren’t afraid to vary the style, and arrange old country and southern gospel to our shows.  We even add a few original songs, written by the award winning Louisa Branscomb, Lorraine Jordan, Lisa Schaffer and others keeping them traditional yet creative, with gorgeous melodies that allow for gripping harmony singing and crowd-pleasing. “Frances is a veteran, having been in music over 50 years.  She was a high profile singer and bass player with The Bluegrass Generation in the Louisville bluegrass scene around 1975 in the days when Ricky Skaggs and Vince Gill played bluegrass.  Both Ricky and Vince helped on a couple of early Bluegrass Generation albums.  Another well-known member of the Bluegrass Generation was the late Danny Jones who formally played with Bill Monroe, The Bluegrass Alliance and The Goins Brothers just to name a few. In 1975  “The Bluegrass Generation” was recognized by the Governor of Kentucky, each received Certificates making them Kentucky Cornels‘.  The Bluegrass Generation traveled throughout the US, as far North as Canada and South to Florida.  In 1978, back in Georgia, Frances formed “Cherokee Rose”, an all female band.  At this time an all female bluegrass band was still new to the bluegrass circuit,  Cherokee Rose soon began to get busy performing at bluegrass festivals, clubs and other music venues and the traveling became very hard for Frances as a single parent raising two young boys so she chose to leave the band, one of the hardest decisions she had to make in the music business but was much more important to be a mother to her little boys.  “Playing bluegrass is a passion I can’t shake, “playing bluegrass is such a part of who I am, so I found a way to do that and be a good mother too.”

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