Frances Mundy-Mooney, Band Leader
Bass Fiddle, Lead and Harmony vocals
Frances has been playing music 55 years, began singing and playing at age 17, her first instrument was guitar, later on around age of 21 took an interest in the Bass Fiddle and as the story goes, the rest is history…..
During early 1970’s she along with Jim Mundy formed their first bluegrass band, “ The Bluegrass Generation”. They moved to Louisville Kentucky to further their career in performing full time where they were employed at “Ghost Town On The River”, working bluegrass Festivals, clubs and private events all over the upper northern states.
In 1975, Governor Julian Carroll honored Frances Mundy as a “Kentucky Colonel.
Between 1972-1978, The Bluegrass Generation recorded 4-LP’s. While in Kentucky, Ricky Skaggs produced the last two albums, he along with Vince Gill were guests on a few cuts.
Frances left the Bluegrass Generation around 1978 and moved back to Georgia.
Back in Georgia, 1979 Frances, along with Connie Morris, Mindy Johnson and Tyra D Sommers formed an all-female group, “Cherokee Rose”,. soon Connie left and Louisa Branscomb joined, performing at various bluegrass festivals and clubs all around Georgia and upper states.
1980 - 1995 Indian Summer Band
Performing national and international States . December, 2006 we were invited by the China Government to perform in Shanghi China to represent music of the United States.
1998 - Present
Frances Mooney & Fontanna Sunset
Performing all around Georgia and connecting states at various bluegrass festival’s, Churches, and bluegrass venues.
Fontanna Sunset has been honored to have IBMA nominations for Vocal Group and Frances for Bass Player of the Year at IBMA and SPBGMA; Also I am honored to be a founding member of The Daughters Of Bluegrass along with Lorraine Jordan to promote women in bluegrass while managing our own bands, then receiving the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year award in 2006 & 2009.
Fontanna Sunset has recorded 6-CD’s
Last Rose For Grandpa
Journey To My Saviors Side (Gospel)
High Lonesome Love (BCR)
I Didn’t See It Coming (BCR)
Heartache Hangin Round (RonDale)
High On A Mountain (RonDale)
Guitar and Vocals
Rickey is a lifetime residence of Dallas Georgia. He started playing Banjo in 1968 and began his first band with Jerry (Jughead) Rogers around 1973.
Over the next years, he performed with: The Betty Fisher Band where he got to perform at the Grand Ole Opry; Hood N Wylie; (1981-1996) Indian Summer Band with Frances (Mundy) Mooney where they performed festivals and venues all over Georgia, Florida taking their music all the way to Shanghai, China; Born Gypsy with Louisa Branscomb, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show where he got to be with friends with the legendary, Earl Scruggs. Over the years he got to play shows with Patty Loveless, Emory Gordy.
In 2011, Rickey rejoined with Frances Mooney & Fontanna Sunset where he currently plays Guitar and shares the lead and harmony vocals with Brian Morgan and Frances Mooney. (Rickey has shared the stage with Frances more than 25 years)
For the past 42, years, his family has run the Raccoon Creek Bluegrass Festival. Rickey is the proud Daddy to two beautiful daughters, Shylah and Alaina and three Grandchildren, Ethan, Hollis and Lilly.
Rickey is proud to be endorsed by GHS Corporation, VN-M, Acoustic Guitar Vintage Bronze medium strings and Blue Chip Picks.
Banjo and Vocals
Brian grew up in a family of musicians. He started playing banjo at the age of five. It wasn’t long until he heard Doyle Lawson and fell in love with the mandolin. Brian was a regular at the Everett Music Barn in Suwanee Ga. It was there he met Jeff Autry and they formed their first bluegrass band as teenagers. At the age of 13, Brian started playing upright bass with Bluegrass Incorporated.
After graduating from high school Brian began playing banjo with the 3rd generation “Skillet Lickers”. In 2009 Brian was fortunate enough to join “Frances Mooney and Fontanna Sunset” playing Mandolin and singing Lead and harmony vocals.
In 2019 with a few personnel changes, Brian being the musician he is, will be back on Banjo playing with Fontanna Sunset.
Brian’s quote, “The band has fostered the reputation of delivering stellar instrumentation arrangement and unbelievable harmony vocals, also; proven to deliver a powerful performance that is enjoyed by all ages.
Brian is proud to be endorsed by GHS Corporation, LSB250, Silk & Bronze and PF135 Medium/Light
Mandolin and Vocals
Matthew grew up in a family of musicians, showing interest in music at the age of ten. He started playing mandolin and guitar at the age of eleven. He states his earlier influences was simply music from all fields but calls “bluegrass” his first love.
As a young lad, he traveled with his Daddy and Mother where they performed at bluegrass festivals, amusement parks and house concerts.
Matthew recalls going to the historic Everett Brothers Home in Suwanee, GA with his Papa, Roy Westray, where he would experience fun and fellowship as he became more interested in joining in and being a part of this music.
While still in High School he joined up with a band called Clearwater to play a few shows.
In 1986, shortly after graduation, Matthew was offered a job playing mandolin and guitar with Wendy Bagwell & The Sunlighters, performing at music halls all over the
US, including Carnegie Hall in New York, where they did a live recording. Even though he loved performing with Wendy, he wanted to broaden his horizons with other styles of music . He was given the opportunity to join Col. Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit, and they had several recordings on Capricorn Records.
Matthew has since traveled and recorded with Kevin Williamson & Shadow Ridge, The Lynn Morris Band and various others throughout his years in the music industry.
In 2019, Matthew joined Frances Mooney & Fontanna Sunset on mandolin and vocals. He has enjoyed performing with Fontanna Sunset on several occassions through the years and is excited to see where this next chapter leads him.
Matthew is proud to be endorsed by GHS Corporation, LSB250, Silk & Bronze strings and Blue Chip Picks.