The Moody Brothers

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The Moody Brothers
The Moody Brothers on the Grand Ole Opry (2006)
Background information
Origin Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Genres Country, bluegrass, folk, alternative country, southern gospel
Years active 1985-present
Labels Lamon
Members Carlton Moody
Dave Moody
Trent Moody

The Moody Brothers are an Americana country music trio who gained prominence in 1985 when they were nominated for a Grammy Award for their instrumental performance of the classic fiddle tune "Cotton Eyed Joe". This trio of brothers, Carlton Moody, Dave Moody, and Trent Moody were nominated for a second Grammy in 1990 and won three International Country Music Awards in Europe.[1]


During the 1980s, The Moody Brothers made numerous appearances on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN and The Nashville Network's Nashville Now, On Stage and other music programs. They also performed at the White House for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

In 1988, the Moodys recorded a historic album in Prague, Czechoslovakia with Jiri Brabec and Country Beat. The album Friends was the first such cooperative production between an American company, Lamon Records and what was then a communist state-owned record label Supraphon. The project earned critical acclaim and won the Moodys, along with the producers, engineers and studios involved in the project the Ampex Golden Reel Award.[2]

The Walt Disney Company offered the Moodys a featured concert performance role at Disneyland Paris in France when the park and entertainment complex opened in 1992.[3] The trio continued to gain international success with their music throughout the '90s.[4]

Since their time in France, the Moodys have mainly focused on individual careers in the new millennium. Carlton Moody is the lead singer and guitarist for Burrito Deluxe. Dave Moody is a Dove Award winning artist/songwriter/producer and indie filmmaker. Trent Moody teaches music in Indian Trail, NC and has a new fiddle album recorded with his father Dwight Moody. The brothers perform together occasionally, and have earned several Dove Award nominations for their recordings on their own and with George Hamilton IV.[5]


  1. ^ "The Moody Brothers". All Music Guide. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  2. ^ Morris, Edward "Moodys Play With Czech Mates" Billboard Magazine. September 1988
  3. ^ "Les Moody Brothers". Archived from the original on 2011-07-03.
  4. ^ Chelman, Chuck. "Lamon Records Moves to Nashville" Songwriter's Parade, October 2008.
  5. ^ "GMA Press Room Online". Gospel Music Association. Archived from the original on 2010-07-06.