Moonshine & Coffee by Joel Rivendell: Review
Melbourne-based veteran singer-songwriter and performer Joel Rivendell’s song ‘Moonshine & Coffee’ is a country-tinged funktastic extravaganza about making the most of every moment of your life.
Starting with a steady country rhythm accompanied by a twangy cigar box-sounding guitar riff, Joel Rivendell adds a whole dash of funk following his vocal harmonization. I was expecting a hillbilly banjo lick but the fat bass slaps and the funky rhythm guitars totally blew me off my seat! The banjo licks do come, but not in the same clothes I expected it to be and I mean it in a good way. The highlight of all of these has to be Joel Rivendell’s passionate vocals. It is so expressive and passionate and diverse that it’s really difficult to put his singing style into one particular genre. It has a touch of blues, a whole lot of RnB, the bite of a rockstar, and the sincerity of a country singer as he sings about going to The Hop where funk never stops to enjoy moonshine and coffee. This comes from over 30 years of experience performing live.
My only gripe was the song being only two and a half minutes long. Even in its short duration, it is a funktastic song that perfectly highlights Joel Rivendell’s skills as a songwriter and performer. And because of its short duration, It’s very accessible and an easy recommendation for anyone in my opinion.
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Photo credits: New York Public Library, Alexandra Gorn
Review by: Gabe Finch