Blanton Ross and Antony DiGennaro forged Tears Of The Moosechaser from a long term collaboration at CalArts by blending 20th Century Classical and Experimental music with the rustic Americana traditions of yesteryear. What resulted was a fusion of wood and rusty metal featuring: David Tranchina on bass (Slumgum), Chris Stewart on violin and vocals (The Mother Funk Yas), James Barry on cello (Hurt Model), Daniel Corral on accordion (The Dime Museum), Ulrich Krieger on bass clarinet (Lou Reed, Text of Light) and Paul Fuller on Banjo (American Primitive).
The 8 piece volatile performing ensemble began carving their mark onto Southern California performing at numerous Los Angeles venues and participating in festivals such as Clean Air Clear Stars at Pappy and Harriets Pioneer Palace, Dung Mummy's Nomadic Transmissions at Jawbone Canyon, Sunset Junction, Echoes West, and Redhanded Old Timey Music and Variety Party in Topanga.
Though closely tied to the new Los Angeles Folk Western Renaissance through local contemporaries Spindrift, Rt and the 44s, Tommy Santee Klaws, and Dustbowl Revival, Moosechaser remains largely outsider music, Uncompromising, independent and skillful, known for bombarding their audience with with agressive walls of free improvisation before diving into tender melodies or sculpted rhythmic poundings. Spanning sounds from Folk Bluegrass to Industrial Noise has earned the group such labels as: Avant-Americana, Apocalyptic Country, Gothabilly, Noisegrass and a variety of other genre bending folk/vagabond musics. By any definition Tears of The Moosechaser remains fiercely dedicated to original music.
In Late 2012 the group took a hiatus from performing live to focus on a sophomoric work. Distance and differences in creative expectations led to the fracturing of the group into Mesquite Treason and Fear For The Dust. discarding an assortment of tracks and EPs which may someday emerge into the light.