Dianne & Steve Moore
We’re The Cranberry Merchants, a husband & wife rock duo out of Atlanta, GA. We are writers and producers of all of our own material, and even produce our own music videos, filming to editing. While our musical style is simplistic, it’s full of hooks, energy, and touches on some rather unconventional subject matter; everything from history to hypocrisy.
Our debut EP “In The Blood” has quickly found its way onto a number of indie radio programs, and is in regular rotation on many college and internet radio stations in the USA, Canada, Europe, Africa, South America, and Australia. Our song "The Black Maria" has begun gaining particular traction on indie radio and YouTube, with over 11k views.
We are recent silver winners of the prestigious 2019 International Singer Songwriter Awards (ISSA) for Band Single of the Year for our song, "The Black Maria." We also have 3 nominations for Rock/Metal Duo, Music Video of the Year (for "In the Blood), and Fans' Choice Duo in the Josie Independent Music Awards. In June, we were voted "Favorite Indie Band" by J-Man Radio in AZ
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the 2019 ISSA Awards, where I had the privilege to meet Steve and Dianne Moore, the husband and wife duo whose song “The Black Maria” won an award for Band Single of the Year. Apart from being charming and affable in person, the fact that just a scant few months ago they were not even on
anyone’s radar makes their victory all the more sweet. They really are a pair you want to root for.
Now to the track; Indie Star Radio received the single “The Black Maria” when it first came out, and my impressions then are pretty much the same now. The song has a classic vibe to it, like something Rodney Bingenheimer would pull out during one of his legendary shows. It starts with a classic recording of Thomas Edison describing his rotating film studio, the first of its kind, dubbed “The Black Maria”. What follows is a lesson in not only history, but in how to craft a track that rocks you in parts you never knew existed.
Steve Moores blistering guitar and matter of fact vocals are reminiscent of 80’s avant garde industrial slam. Dianne keeps the beat with a frantic percussion perfectly suited for the curated chaos within. While banging your head and tapping your feet, you’re infused with knowledge about the serendipitous time when people from around the world would come to West Orange New Jersey to become the very first silent film stars. Its like “Schoolhouse Rock”, only cooler.
After purchasing the track, I recommend you check their video out on You Tube. Its absolutely worth watching 2 or 3 times if for no other reasons than to watch Steve Moore channel his inner carnival barker, and catch some of the first movies ever created.
Alan Wayne, Indie Star Radio
The Cranberry Merchants are also one of the first Indie Bands on our Station. Both members are very nice, i love to work with them together and they are full of ideas like myself(me sometimes lol).
The music is a mix of a bit pure rick and ballad rock! I personaly love the rhythm of their songs, another band where i cant sit still on my chair! Also the guitar sound is amazing, in the combination with the voice even more catchy in my opinion!
I am very glad i have met you guys! Keep rocking like this!