Coalminers & Moonshiners

by Mike Spine and The Beautiful Sunsets

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“The creative mind is limitless in the beauty it can create. The creative mind behind these two bands is the mind of Mike Spine. What you can appreciate the most is the amount of musical possibilities reaching its capacity in his brain and instead of making one album under At the Spine, that would have been a cluster of contrasting sounds, he decided to take the softer unplugged Americana side of At the Spine’s hard hitting stomp-your-feet and dance-around rock; and forged a new project called The Beautiful Sunsets. No better song to display these two respective genres and in two different versions than the track “Meteorite” found on both albums. Stand out track is an unrefined acoustic “French Girl” on Coalminers that haunting melody goes into your body and doesn’t want to leave.” (The Big Takeover, New York City, NY)

“Mike Spine is restless and relentless. There’s really no overlooking this fact in the face of Coalminers & Moonshiners. Its very existence is owed to that fact. Spine simply had too much great material on his plate that didn’t fit in with his excellent main project, punk band At the Spine. That he decided to go ahead and release the down-trodden low-key folk songs as a separate entity is a very welcome surprise, especially considering how adept he is in that songwriting mode. Everything on Coalminers & Moonshiners works spectacularly. It even inexplicably manages to never overstay its welcome, even at 14 tracks in length. The level of songwriting and arrangement skill on display throughout its entirety is not only admirable but enviable.” (Pop Matters, Evanston, IL)

“The earnest traditions of Guthrie and Seeger meet the gritty swagger of Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams in the form of The Beautiful Sunsets and Coalminers & Moonshiners. From the Pacific Northwest, The Beautiful Sunsets deliver tales of America. Dreamlike and angsty, Utopic and rational, Coalminers & Moonshiners showcases The Beautiful Sunsets’ noteworthy, often familiar folk melodies, propelled by rich harmonies and intelligent lyrics that transform and transcend each time you listen.” (Innocent Words Magazine, Oakwood, IL)

“Beautifully harmonic and brimming with a haunting feeling of despair, this album makes for a profoundly moving listening experience. The delicately dulcet vocals project a quiet, yet still strong feeling of angst, sadness, and regret. The equally fragile and pretty folksy melodies likewise further capture and convey the overall melancholy mood with bracing clarity and conviction. Moreover, the sharp lyrics vividly present the bitter hard-scrabble lives of impoverished folks who have to struggle in order to barely scrape by. A very fine and touching little jewel.” (Jersey Beat, Weehawken, NJ)


released June 1, 2012


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The Beautiful Sunsets Seattle, Washington

Coalminers & Moonshiners is the debut album for The Beautiful Sunsets. The Beautiful Sunsets play clever and salient original songs with a spattering of worthy traditional or cover songs. They draw from traditional folk, folk rock, outlaw country and Americana to create their sound. The Beautiful Sunsets focus on making music that is beautiful, and also music that has substance. ... more

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