Makin' Tracks: Niko Moon Blends Country, Hip-Hop and Apple Pie Moonshine in ‘Good Time’

The bone-rattling synth bass tones and the ricky-ticky sound of programmed snare in Niko Moon’s debut single, “Good Time,” are sure to rouse the ire of country traditionalists. And Moon knows it. But the prospect of a pushback doesn’t faze him.

In fact, it draws a laugh. He points to a 1944 Grand Ole Opry incident when Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys moved drummer Monte Mountjoy’s kit from behind the curtain to the front of the stage just before the band’s set, a moment that defied a ban the Opry had applied to percussion.