For you Mosleys fans out there—THEY’RE BAAA-AAAACK! Yes, folks, it’s a reunion of sorts for the much-loved power-pop trio made up of Mike Fredrickson on bass and vocals, Royce Hall on rippin’ electric guitar and vocals, and Dave Braun on drums. Hopefully you’ve gotten out to see them on their recent run of gigs around town.
After an almost 5-year stint in the 90s as the “house band” at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, the Mosleys disbanded and went their separate ways. Frederickson, the band’s main songwriter, kept busy playing with the Spanic Boys and Robbie Fullks, as well as continuing to play and write solo stuff. The Riverwest stalwart always had his prolific painting work to sustain him, as well. Drummer Braun played (and continues to play) with a handful of different blues and jazz bands locally and regionally. Hall moved away and played music with his then-wife, but hadn’t played with his old partners in the Mosley’s for almost 15 years (from 2001-2015).
But all that changed last year when Fredrickson was approached by a fan with a good money offer to get the band back together to play his 50th birthday party. From there, things took off, and the Mosleys have been playing semi-regular shows all over town, including a high-profile booking opening for blues legend Albert Lee at Anodyne last month.
The band’s having such a great time that they want to keep the ball rolling. They have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to earn enough cash to record a new CD. Go to Kickstarter.com and find the page called, “The Mosley’s Reunite! Help make Milwaukee music history!” (or click on this link if you’re reading this on a computer: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339243753/the-mosleys-reunite-help-make-milwaukee-music-hist).
The Kickstarter campaign officially ends at 4PM on Saturday, March 26.
You can also donate in-person at a Mosley’s show. The band will be tearing it up at their old stomping grounds, Linneman’s, on St. Patty’s Day, Thursday, March 17 at 8:30PM. They will also rock the Brown Baer in Elkhart Lake, WI on Saturday, March 12 at 8PM.