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The Coffee House's 40th Anniversary Concert a big success! - May 22, 2007

Well over 135 people packed into The Coffee House last Saturday night to celebrate 40 years of folk music and volunteer activism. The performers sang old favorites from the 60s and new songs, and a marvelous time was had by all. WorkingWriter mentioned Jym's performance in his blog: "Agnes Zeidler, lifelong companion of the late Mayor, was honored for her role in getting The Coffee House started back in the day. She attended with friends and several family members, and was able to stay for Jym Mooney's fabulous tribute to Frank Zeidler, which starts out with a lyric something like this: 'He was a politician / and he was an honest man / a combination rare to find these days.' The Zeidlers were not the only ones moved." You can read the entire review at

Nominate Pete Seeger for the Nobel Peace Prize - March 20, 2007

Please visit our links page to go to a website where names are being collected to get Pete Seeger nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. I can't think of anyone more deserving of such an honor for his life's work.

Urban Ecology Center show rescheduled - March 15, 2007

Due to a scheduling conflict at the Urban Ecology Center, our Friday Fire performance has been rescheduled for September 21st. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this might cause.

WMSE Female Focus - January 7, 2007

It has just come to our attention that our music has been aired on WMSE's Female Focus program. Thanks, WMSE! You can listen to WMSE in Milwaukee on 91.7 FM, or hear them on-line at

Simply Folk plays The Moxie Chicks - December 10, 2006

Wisconsin Public Radio's Simply Folk played two songs from our new CD on tonight's show. Host Tom Martin-Erickson plugged our upcoming Sherman Perk concert and played "Cross Me, Fool" and "Last Call." Simply Folk airs every Sunday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. on stations across Wisconsin. You can listen to a web simulcast by visiting, where you can also send in requests for more Moxie Chicks songs!

The Moxies record for Larry Penn - November 29, 2006

Tonight the Moxie Chicks had the honor of recording a track for a planned CD from Larry Penn. The CD's theme will be working people in wartime, and Larry asked us to record "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp," an old barracks ballad from the Women's Army Air Corps in WWII. Larry sat beaming beatifically as Carol, Jonnie, and Chris harmonized and improvized in the studio. Thanks for asking us to help, Larry!

CD release concert a big success! - November 4, 2006

Thanks to all of our friends, family, and fans who helped make our CD release concert such a rousing success! We packed about 100 people into The Coffee House, and they responded enthusiastically as we performed our new CD in its entirety, then did a second set of audience favorites. Jym's brother Chris Mooney joined us on upright bass for the whole first set, and did a stand-up job! Our engineer Jonathon Leubner also joined us, playing percussion on Genesis And Revelation . Lots of people went home with copies of our CD in hand (some with multiple that holiday shopping early, you know!). The Moxie Chicks are so grateful for such loyal, supportive, and PATIENT fans! Thank you all!

Cross Me, Fool! now available for sale on-line - November 1, 2006

You can purchase Cross Me, Fool! on-line from those wonderful folks at CDBaby! Follow the link on the Buy page on the navigation bar to your left, or go directly to

Cross Me, Fool! on the radio - October 25, 2006

Our new CD has already started to receive some airplay, debuting last night on Calamity Jane's Cafe Vaquera on KMUN in Astoria, Oregon. Cafe Vaquera airs every Tuesday evening from 9 to 11 p.m. Pacific Time, and can be heard in a live webcast at

CD cover art on our website - October 3, 2006

Click on Photos in the Destinations column to your left and you can see the cover of our soon-to-be-released CD. The package was designed by Jon Baade, using handmade paper designed by Mary Lou Mooney (Jym's mom!).

Moxie Chicks CD release concert announced - September 30, 2006

Yes, our debut CD is finally finished, and today we shipped it off to the manufacturer! So mark your calendars now for Saturday, November 4th, when we will have our big CD release celebration at The Coffee House. We will perform the CD in its entirety, as well as some of your other favorite songs. Bring your friends, bring your family, we're all going to have a wonderful time together! We are delighted with our finished CD, and we think that you will be, too! Visit our Calendar page for details on the concert.

"La Tierra Misma (The Same Ball Of Clay)" featured in new film - July 23, 2006

We are excited to announce the release of "I Am Clay," a 30-minute documentary for educators and parents that explores the power of natural clay in early childhood development. Produced and directed by Kathleen Bailer for K-Play, this captivating and entertaining film features Linda Beck's recording of her song "La Tierra Misma (The Same Ball Of Clay)" from the CD "One Ball Of Clay - Songs Of Peace And Hope," produced by Jym and Carol. The film is available on DVD and VHS at

Back to full strength - July 8, 2006

If you weren't one of the lucky people to hear the Moxie Chicks today at the Fox Point Farmer's Market, you missed a great show! For the first time in over a year, the whole band was healthy and on stage, including Carol, who is recovering rapidly from her recent heart surgery. Check out our calendar page for future dates where we hope that we'll be seeing you!

Carol's surgery a success! - May 28, 2006

Carol Lee is recovering nicely from open heart surgery which was performed on Friday, May 26th. They had to replace a heart valve that had been damaged by a bacterial infection. She is already out of the Intensive Care Unit and back on a regular floor, and hopes to be coming home in a week or so. We thank all of our friends and fans for their prayers, love, and support for Carol during this challenging time. She'll be back singing with the Moxies as soon as possible.

La Taza date cancelled - May 23, 2006

In late-breaking news, La Taza has changed hands recently and they are discontinuing live music, so our June 24th concert there has been cancelled.

CD Journal Part 6 - March 23, 2006

Last night the Moxies went into the studio to record Carol's song "Running Circles." We were joined by special guest Joseph T. Ruback on mountain dulcimer. This is the final song for our CD. We still have some tweaking to do, but the basic recording is now completed. Watch this space for more news!

CD Journal Part 5 - January 25, 2006

Tonight the Moxie Chicks were delighted to bring their friend Patty Stevenson into the studio to add her well-known delicate touch on keyboard to Jonnie's song "If You Knew Who Walked Beside You."

90th anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood - January 15, 2006

Today is the 90th anniversary of Boston's Great Molasses Flood, which saw 21 people dead and over 150 more injured when a giant tank of molasses (destined for rum) burst and cascaded through the heart of the city. Tom Martin-Erickson, host of Wisconsin Public Radio's Simply Folk program, commemorated the event by playing Jym's song "Molasses" on tonight's show. This recording, from Jym's CD East Side Guy, features first class backing by Lil' Rev, Dave Fox, and Brennan Cornwell.

Jym returns to the performing line-up - December 10, 2005

At tonight's Coffee House concert, the Moxie Chicks welcomed guitarist Jym Mooney back to the line-up. Jym played 12-string guitar with the group for two songs, his first performance with the Moxies since his February accident. It won't be long now before he will be back full-time, and work will begin on the final phase of our CD. Stay tuned!

Carol Lee & Jym make guest concert appearance - November 20, 2005

Last night Carol and Jym made a surprise guest appearance at Sandy Stehling and Ruth Williams' annual "Friends" concert at The Coffee House in Milwaukee. In addition to announced guests John Granzow, Dodgeville's Scott Stieber, and Jim Meyers (of the Men Of Constant Sorrow), the enthusiastic audience was treated to backing vocals on several songs by Carol and Jym. This concert marked Jym's first stage appearance since his injury last winter.

CD Journal Part 4 - November 17, 2005

Last night the Moxie Chicks returned to the studio to record basic tracks for another song for our long-awaited CD. We recorded the vocals and Jon's guitar part for Jonnie's lovely song "If You Knew Who Walked Beside You." Jym, although still sidelined by his arm injury (he had successful surgery two weeks ago, when a titanium rod was implanted in his arm to hold the bone together), assisted with thoughtful advice and encouragement throughout the session.

Ft. Wayne sings Jym's song - August 18, 2005

Word has reached us that Jym's song "I Have Come To Take My Boy Home" was sung last night in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, at a candlelight vigil held in support of Cindy Sheehan, the mother leading the Camp Casey anti-war encampment in Crawford, Texas.

CD Journal Part 3 - August 9, 2005

The good news is, the Moxie Chicks been keeping busy this summer, playing outdoor events and private gatherings, making new friends and catching up with old ones! But the not so good news is, Jym's arm is not healing as quickly as had been hoped. His doctor is applying some new techniques to stimulate bone growth, but progress is slow. Jonnie has been playing guitar in the interim, but looks forward to the day when Jym can return full-time to the band (as do we all). As a result, our not-quite-finished CD remains on the back burner. We will keep everyone posted on project news as we know it. Until then, we look forward to seeing you at a show sometime soon!

Song list for upcoming Moxie Chicks CD - May 14, 2005

At our Coffee House show tonight (and if you missed it, you missed a lot of fun!), we were asked, "What songs are going to be on the CD you're working on?" Good question! The songs, in no particular order, are as follows: Genesis And Revelations (Chris Straw), Take My Time (Jym Mooney-Carol Lee Hopkins), Finding Your Way To Love (Straw), Must Be Love (Craig Siemsen), Like A Moth To A Flame (Mooney), Running Circles (Hopkins), If You Knew Who Walked Beside You (Jonnie Guernsey), Cross Me, Fool! (Straw), I Have Come To Take My Boy Home (Mooney), Last Call (Julie Kane), Down In New Orleans (Hopkins-Mooney), Wash Away/Talk About Suffering (Straw/traditional), Let Peace Prevail (Margaret Nelson), and Springtime In Ohio (Mooney). Stay tuned for more information as work continues on this exciting project!

Exclusive bonus track added to website - May 11, 2005

We've just added a bonus track to our Music page that is available nowhere else. It is the original 1985 recording of Jym's song "Blues For Stevie," featuring a full rock band arrangement with the Kanieski family.
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