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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 4:01 PM
"Conversations," my musical play, had a second stage reading in March at the Centennial Park Black Box Theater (Nashville). The reading was well-attended and I was happy with the results. A ten-minute play of mine, "Here We Go," was selected for a festival in East Nashville earlier this month. It was the first play of mine to be performed "off book," or without scripts. Since my last update I've received my masters from Vanderbilt University, which included taking several theater-related and creative writing (fiction and non-fiction) courses. I'm still very interested in exploring the intersection of roots-based music and theater.

I plan to update this site soon and include my song lyrics. Most of my songs and albums can purchased via iTunes and heard via Spotify (you'll notice there is another artist named Hunter Moore whose music is very different than mine).
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 11:08 AM
What a year! Our son James married Sara on a beautiful weekend in September of 2011. It was a wonderful time of family, friends, and celebration. I fell from a ladder while making home repairs in November severely dislocating my wrist. I was in a cast for three months and was unsure if I would ever play guitar again. Thankfully I am playing again and will perform pre-show music with my old friends Roy and Zach for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's production of Much Ado About Nothing later this week. I continue to work on Conversations, my "song play." I've been working on a masters degree at Vanderbilt one course at a time, taking classes in fiction writing and drama over the past year.
 
I've also been writing music reviews this year for Glide, an online music magazine, something I haven't done since high school. It's been a blast. To date I've reviewed new albums by Billy Joe Shaver, Joey Ramone, Fela Kuti, Joe Walsh, Patti Smith, Heavy Cream, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Bob Mould, and reviewed a great book about Atlantic Records mogul, Ahmet Ertegun. If you want to check any (or all) of them out, you can go to glidemagazine.com and search by the artists' names.
Saturday, August 6th, 2011 11:25 AM
In February 2011 I had a first reading of my musical play Conversations in our home with Mike Baum reading the part of Richard and Kim Britton as Beth. Based on feedback I'd received on the previous all-sung version I added spoken dialogue for this version. The actors simply read the script and sang the songs to pre-recorded tracks loaded on a laptop computer. I had a feedback session afterward. The response was positive and there were some useful suggestions.
 
In late July 2011 I put on a staged reading of the play at a venue here in Nashville, Bongo Java After Hours Theater. Brooke Bryant played Beth and directed, Sam Whited played Richard. For the staged reading the actors moved around and interacted on stage, using a few props, more than I originally anticipated. It was great to see the play up and moving around! For this version I moved a couple of the songs and scenes. I also tried several of the intro's and "outro's" spoken over music rather than sung. After making revisions based on the staged reading I hope to interest someone in doing a full scale production.
Monday, August 30th, 2010 11:15 PM
I've recently completed making the first round of changes to my song play "Conversations." I've also recorded the female vocals with the help of singer-songwriter and friend Sally Barris as "Beth." I've gotten copies of the music and script to several people who have professional writing and/or theater experience and solicited their feedback. The next step seems to be working with real live actors toward a reading sometime this fall for a small, but live audience, to get their input and to give me a better idea of how it is working. The process all seems new, strange, but also familiar, like trying out new songs in public for the first time as a songwriter, and very exciting.
Saturday, February 27th, 2010 6:10 PM
I finished a first draft of the musical in December and, on the advice of professionals, put it away for six weeks to "cool." I also gave copies to a few friends and family for feedback. I've collected the feedback (which has been generally positive) and I'm getting ready to start on rewriting. In the meantime I've seen several plays and musicals including "Carousel," "John and Jen," and "The Past Five Years." The last two are both two character musical dramas so they were of particular relevance to my creation.
Monday, September 14th, 2009 10:52 AM
I'm working on a musical drama version of my 2001 album project "Conversations." I hope to have a first draft completed by the end of September.
Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 5:49 PM
All's well on the Moore home front. Not many changes and not much new to report on the music front. I made a pleasure trip to Italy in late July (Florence, Lucca, Venice, Assissi, Rome) with my two 20 something children. What incredible art and architecture.
Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 11:32 AM
Since last fall I've been appearing locally, aside from a few weekend dates in Indiana and Illinois. I volunteered and performed informally at the Folk Alliance conference in Memphis in February and plan to do the same this year. I thought the way in which the conference was set up in Memphis this year was the best ever with performances by some of my favorite writers like Danny O'Keefe and Jesse Winchester. You can get more info at www.folk.org. I spent ten days at the Kerrrville Folk Festival in May and June volunteering on the main stage security krew and playing around the campfires at night.

Something new for has been hosting a weekly writers night in Bellevue Wednesdays in October at a spot called Notable Bistro on Sawyer Brown Road. I plan to continue through November.
See "dates" for more info or at www.notablebistro.com. It's been fun to meet some new writers and create an environment for original songs and people of differing styles and abilities, having participated in so many of these nights in other places over the years.

On Thursdays this October and November I'm appearing at the same club with my trio. Having a residency like this has been beneficial in several ways. It's allowed us as muscians to improve our ensemble skills, listening to each other, improvising based on what we hear each other doing. It's been exciting for me as a writer and performer to find new life in songs I've been performing for 20 plus years. I've lately been inspired by the freedom that jazz players have to improvise, but wondered how a singer-songwriter like myself could do something similar. I've found that I have a lot of freedom in how I phrase my words and melodies along with the subtle, but creative changes that the musicians make when they are "into" what they are playing and really listening to and being inspired by each other.
Monday, November 13th, 2006 10:24 PM
Looking way back to May, my trip to the UK was a lot of fun. I bought a rail pass that allowed me to travel on trains anytime and anywhere which guaranteed that there would be less stress and more enjoyment of the countryside. The trains in the UK have been improving everytime I've gone, more people riding, more on time, etc. I really miss having that option here in the states (going just about anywhere). I've played locally, other than the trip to England. A couple of dates have been with my son James who has become an excellent writing and recording artist just about overnight, at least from my perspective. You can find his music at www.jamesharrismoore.com. Other than that I am writing some new songs, considering a new recording project, and starting to book a few dates out of town. Have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas season...
Thursday, April 27th, 2006 2:16 PM
Geting ready for a two week trip to perform in the UK (see the "dates" section). I'll be exclusively in the Midlands this time bouncing around between York, Scarborough, and Hartlepool on the north and Birmingham to the south. I have a couple of regional BBC appearances which are always fun. I'll tape a live set for Radio York for a later broadcast. I'm also trying something new by performing a couple of dates with excellent sidemen: Gary Boyle, renowned jazz guitar, and Neil Scott or Dave Cook on percussion. These dates are in York on May 6 and Hartlepool on May 12.

I'll also be back at Kerrville Folk Festival this year for over a week beginnning Memorial Day weekend. I'm a volunteer on the Theater Security krew so if you are there you'll see me with a red security t-shirt guarding one of the entrances or the stage. I enjoy being on a krew and helping in a small way to keep things running smoothly. Of course, I'll also be playing the campfires at night and hanging out on Chapel Hill during the days (the only place where you can usually catch a breeze!).
Thursday, February 9th, 2006 4:25 PM
It's always difficult to remember what's happened since last time I wrote and really, nothing major has. I attended the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance conference in Austin in the fall, a smaller version of the national conference which is going on this month also in Austin. Next year the annual FA conferences will be in Memphis which, for me anyway, will be much easier to attend. I decided not to go this month as I'm planning a couple of trips to other areas including Britain in May and to China (yes, China) in April. Everything is hunky dory here on the home front. I'm playing some locally and thinking about the next music project. Stay in touch.
Thursday, September 22nd, 2005 7:13 AM
It's been a busy summer with both children at home, traveling, and helping start a new church thrown in for good measure. I haven't been performing much beside a couple of local dates here in Nashville (storing up energy and ideas for some new songs). I am going to be in Austin in October for the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance conference where I'll be playing for friends and people who book performers for venues in the area (often they are one and the same).

I am also doing a good deal of teaching artist work in the Nashville schools this fall working with students and teachers to prepare for a performance of Mexican folk music in November.

Stay in touch and don't forget to let me know if you change your e-mail address. The simplest way is to add my address to your e-mail address book so you can notify me when you notify everyone else. I'm at huntermo at aol.com (I put the "at" that way so the software programs that comb internet sites for e-mail addresses, called "spiders' ugh, couldn't read it!) The Lord be with you...
Tuesday, April 12th, 2005 10:33 AM
I'm in the Boston area staying at a friend's house while performing in the area. It's always great to be back and to see old friends and favorite places. The Red Sox had their opening day at home yesterday and whipped the Yankees. They also distributed rings for their amazing Series win last year. I drove by Fenway Park on my way to a radio interview during the game. I rolled down my window to see if I could hear the crowd (or catch a ball!). I'm a lifelong St. Louis Cardinas baseball fan, but I have to say I was excited for the Sox (I lived up here in the late 70's and went to several games-I even used to play at a bar across the street from the park!) It's beautiful spring weather here. Hope you are seeing spring wherever you are
Wednesday, February 9th, 2005 3:50 AM
Hello, I'm in Colne, Lancashire (UK) on the second week of a two week tour. I had a great night at Jim's Acoustic Cafe here in Colne last night. It was my third time here and many of the audience knew the songs enough to sing along and call out their faves. I'll be at the Carnival in Barton-upon-Humber tomorrow night, Glenfarg, Scotland on Friday and at the 12 Bar in London Saturday, then back home on Sunday. Whew!!! The weather has been very pleasant for February. I had three days on Holy Island-Lindisfarne for myself at the start of the tour and I also managed to get in a visit to the York Railway Museum between gigs. I'm already looking at the possibility of returning again in November.
Monday, October 11th, 2004 1:52 PM
My new CD "South of St. Louis" is out and is playing on a number of radio stations in the US. I'll run an updated list here soon. The best place to purchase one is through this website (go to the "music" page) either via credit card or mail. The album release celebration will be here in Nashville at the Bluebird Cafe on November 2 (go vote first) at 6:30 PM. Go to the "dates" page to get more specifics.
Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 7:50 PM
I'm always surprised how long it's been since the last time I wrote. I've completed that album I mentioned in my last missive in November. It's called "South of St. Louis" and should be out in the next couple of months. The project is made up of 18 songs I recorded here at home. The songs range over the last thirty years. There are several old favorites that have never been available like "Myrtle Marie" and "Mississippi Mud" as well as several brand new songs as well as some recording outtakes. These are all voice/guitar and voice/piano versions with no overdubbing. Exactly the way most of you usually hear me perform them.

On the performing front I've been busy. I spent two weeks in New England in March and was reminded that winter was not over. I played twice in Nashville with my new ensemble made up of Roy on bass and Zach on percussion and it worked very nicely. We will be playing together more in the future if I can help it (Zach's getting married so his availability may diminish.) I will be playing in Texas, Illinois, and Missouri in the next month and returning to Texas for the Kerrville Folk Festival where I will lead a Ballad Tree session (festival goers get to play a song each and I do a short set). I am also working on plans to return to Europe and Britain in the next year.

I've been enjoying Holy Week and going to some of the extra services offered at our church. It's a great time to reflect on just how much God loves us and demonstrates it by giving up hIs only son.
Monday, November 10th, 2003 6:00 PM
In July I was a guest for one of Mike William's last "Pickin' Parties," a long running Nashville tradition. In September I attended the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference in Austin, Texas and performed several times for old friends and new. I've been staying busy this fall with training schoolteachers (my day job).

Later in September I had a great time doing a benefit concert in Sikeston, Missouri and a week of school appearances in the area including at my old high school. One of the highlights of the week was riding in the back of my brother's pick-up truck to promote the concert in the annual Cotton Carnival parade. I watched the parade many times from the sidewalk as I was growing up. My nieces and nephews rode with me and threw candy to the kids in the crowd. We had a boombox on top of the truck playing my "Delta Moon" CD. When the song "Home Again" played it was very poignant to me and I teared up. Lucky I was wearing sunglasses. I also played a few songs Sunday morning in the church where we were married long, long ago. I enjoy being able to play in a club on Saturday night and a church next morning.

I did get that recording gear and I'm beginning a new CD project which will be "solo," just me and my acoustic guitar. I plan to include some of my older songs that are favorites of those who have heard me over the years (a couple were written almost thirty years ago!), as well as some newer songs. I'm booking some dates for New England in March and have some ideas for appearances in the US and overseas later next year. Stay tuned...
Friday, April 4th, 2003 2:34 PM
Last night I was part of a benefit concert for my son's high school. The other performers were also parents of students at the school. Nashville's mayor introduced us.

In February I performed in a couple of shows during the national Folk Alliance conference which was held in Nashville this year. Some of the artists from Brambus Records including myself, Steve Gillette, Cindy Mangsen, Jack Williams, played at the Bluebird Cafe here in Nashville. I also taped a radio show with two other Brambus artists, Danny Santos and Kate McDonnell, which was broadcast here in Nashville last week and heard even in Munich, Germany by an old friend from college that listened in via internet!

In March I played a couple of shows in southeast Missouri. One was a birthday party for my brother. My son, my nephew, and I worked up some songs by The Police, Queen, and The Cars that were popular in his high school days to entertain him. A nice change of pace.

I've been looking at different types of studio gear toward the possibility of installing a home studio to help make future albums. The first thing I want to do is a project of voice and guitar versions of some old and new songs. I'll keep you posted.
Monday, January 13th, 2003 9:01 AM
I had a wonderful time in Europe on my tour back in October and November. Here are a few details.

I played in some great old pubs in northwestern England including one in the famous literary family Bronte's hometown. In Europe I played nine times in ten days in four countries. Fortunately I had a great sideman and driver in Ernst Eichenberger who could also translate making everything much easier with such a tight schedule. One of the great things about playing in Europe is that often meals and accomodations are included unlike the States. One night I stayed in a lodge with a view of the Alps after having played in a club featuring country music that was built out of logs and patterned after a Canadian lodge. The country fans over here are very dedicated often dressing in authentic western clothes right down to chaps and a six gun (not real, of course). I also played in a wonderful pub with an intently listening audience (and featuring three hundred different beers) in the Netherlands and the next night in an Irish bar on the oldest plaza in Antwerp, Belgium. As you can see I had a real cross cultural experience. The people were wonderful and there are new opportunies to explore next time I go back. Many thanks to Paul Rostetter at Brambus Records in Switzerland (www.brambus.com) and Adrian Melling at Planet Records in England for setting the trip up for me.
Monday, October 21st, 2002 8:27 AM
October 21, 2002

This month's benefit concert in Charleston, Missouri for the Mississippi County Historical Society was a great evening. I saw many old friends and neighbors from growing up in Charleston. The tickets proceeds went to the maintenance of my grandparent's home which is now owned by the society and used for community functions, wedding receptions, etc. See www.charlestonmo.org for more about Charleston.

I'll be heading off to Europe for a month of dates in England, Switzerland, and Germany. You can go to the calendar page to get the details. I'll write it up when I get back.

 


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