CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte-based band The Mood Kings, which has ties to the Lumberton area, is celebrating the release of its debut album “The Wonder of It All” with a series of album-release concerts, and a charitable partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The official album release date is June 15, but the band’s preorder campaign, running now through June 30 on, allows fans to sample songs, get updates, and watch the buildup to their “3 Shows in 3 Cities in 3 Nights” event in July. The band will play album release shows in Boone, Lumberton, and Charlotte on July 13, 14, and 15. The album is a collection of songs that documents the journeys of Mark Schwarze (drums), Herman Ospina (guitar/vocals) and Joey Townsend (bass/vocals) as they played in bands, built families, fought addictions, reveled in recoveries and fostered connections in all areas of life. All three members grew up in Lumberton and played in popular local bands. Schwarze has since moved to Boone and Townsend to Charlotte. Ospina still lives in Lumberton. They alternate traveling to cities for rehearsals and other band business. “As fans of The Mood Kings, we are so excited and honored that they have chosen to donate a portion of proceeds from sales of The Wonder of it All to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society,” said Kristina Fransel, president, Greater Carolinas chapter. “The money they contribute will support much-needed services and resources for local people living with MS, as well as the ground-breaking research we’ve pioneered for decades.” The album will be released June 15 and will be available in retail stores, concerts, and the band website, as well as available for download at all digital outlets. Tickets to the Boone and Lumberton shows are sold out, but are still available to the July 15 Charlotte show at the Evening Muse at For information, visit   Staff report ” - Staff Writer

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The Mood Kings music (song) is great. Let me first say, I wish there were more! So here’s the deal. The band have been friends for over 30 years. Their bio states: “The inside jokes, comedic rhythm, and musical chemistry have been honed over a 30 year friendship. The three met in their early teens and formed their first band together. Years later, with marriages, births, deaths, addictions, recovery, and a variety of life experiences behind them, The Mood Kings are blending an Americana roots rock sound with strong melodic sensibilities to create a collection of songs that tells the stories of lifetimes lived with purpose and vigor.” Ok, well first glance at their website looks like their not doing much. Hopefully they’re just in a transitional or building stage. The band only has one song but it sounds like they have plenty to build on. One of the first comparisons I can make is obviously Tom Petty. I love Tom Petty and the type of music he makes. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that The Mood Kings sound exactly like him or anything like that. I can merely hear the similarity in some of the guitar sounds. Overall, The Mood Kings sound a bit more on the edgy rock side than where Mr. Petty sits. The production on the song “Loretta” is very good and it sounds like the band knows exactly what they’re doing. At 5:18 the song runs a bit long for my tastes but the band does a great job at keeping the listener interested. Intriguing lyrics over clean rock guitars with plenty of melody is my initial description of this mature group of fine musicians. One of the parts in “Loretta” that really grabs me is the bridge section starting around 2:40.  This section of the tune brings out the type of beattle-esque background vocals and chord changes that grab my attention in a song almost every time.  This is some great songwriting!  Again, I WISH THERE WERE MORE!!! The guitar solo after the bridge is nice as well.  Once again, these guys do a great job at making a somewhat lengthy song very interesting!  The band pulls out all the stops when they break down the tune right after the bridge before going into once last chorus.  I completely understand a band wanting to leave their fans wanting more but this is ridiculous!! LOL!! I’m kidding of course. The Mood Kings So, the positives of this band is that they are amazing songwriters and even though there is only one tune, it seems they are able to translate their musically abilities well onto a recording.  The negatives of this band is there’s not much out there about them… I would really like to see more of them in the near future.  Please share this post and support Indie Music and the musicians that make it possible. Check out The Mood Kings and download their song as a reminder that there is hopefully more to come from this rock trio!  ” - Joe Liedtke

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