Song Review:

Sugar Moon

Overall Impression:

Drawing deeply from the greater canon of Western Swing, Nolan Bruce Allen and his considerable colleagues offer their own original arrangement of the classic track, "Sugar Moon"! Effortless in approach and enchanting in feel, NBA's "Sugar Moon" is a short but tremendously sweet sonic experience - highlighting the subtle and elegantly understated skill set of the artists on display!

Strongest Point(s):

True to form, every performer lands each line with confidence and clarity - allowing the breakneck pace of "Sugar Moon" to drift by like a spirited breeze! The solo break from 1:05 - 1:47 features each instrument in turn with seamless transitions and a compelling sense of conversation among the different timbres. To make matters even more memorable, the solo guitar that enters the sound at 1:47 manages to offer incredible melodic movement beneath NBA's cordial cords without ever distracting attentions from the vocals at work!

Target Audience Appeal:

Perfect for dance parties public and private, there's just something mesmeric about the way Nolan Bruce Allen's band moves! "Sugar Moon" draws listeners into a place of amorous motion in mere moments, serving as an all-too brief reprise from the mundane through expert instrumental skill and a voice that continuously commands the attention and engages the heart! - Jon W.

Artist target suggestions:

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Spade Cooley & the Western Swing Dance Gang, The Maddox Brothers & Rose, T. Texas Tyler, Jimmie Ballard, Johnny Tyler's Riders Of The Rio Grande, Bucky Bates, Tune Wranglers, Tex Atchison, Slim Harbert and His Boys, Tex Williams & His Western Caravan

About the Reviewer:

Jon Wright is a trained multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and music educator with nearly twenty years of experience in the field. Working with musicians and their individual sounds is his passion and profession, and he strives to interact with and understand every aspect of the production process - from theory and songwriting to recording and mastering. He continues to teach students of all ages and is currently collaborating with artists across a wide range of genres.


Vocals: Strength
Lyrics: Strength
Instrumental Performance/Execution: Strength
Melody/Rhythm: Strength
Arrangement/Flow: Strength
Recording Quality/Overall Mix: Strength