Nathan Moore Songs
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Feb
26

The art of storytelling is alive and well in singer/songwriter Nathan Moore’s repertoire, and in March the nationally-touring folk singer will be performing his award-winning live show in his home state of Virginia.  His schedule includes: 

March 12   Mockingbird, 123 W. Beverley St., Staunton VA  8:30pm .  Tickets: www.mockingbird123.com

March 20   Tidewater Friends of Folk Music Concert Series, Meyera E. Oberndorf  Central Library,
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 7:30pm. Tickets: www.tffm.org

March 26   “Nationwide & Countryfried” (Nathan Moore & Bryan Elijah Smith) Shenandoah Fringe Festival, Baja Bean Co., 9 W. Beverley St., Staunton, VA  9pm. 

 Called “…a musician in a constant state of becoming” (State of Mind), Moore has been praised for bringing balladry into the 21st century.  His ground-breaking writing and performing cause music writers to easily invoke the names Dylan, Van Zandt, Guthrie, Cohen and Cash when reviewing Moore’s work as well as lining him up with contemporary greats like Jeff Tweedy, Yim Yames, Conor Oberst, and M. Ward. 

 Nathan has logged a lot of road and frequent flyer miles since releasing his latest EP Folk  Singer in August 2009, toting his bag of tricks from coast-to-coast and giving thousands a peek inside.  He thinks the new album and show are feeding a deep need for people to connect during hard times.  Moore recently told an interviewer from TheWaster.com:   “Since the economy has turned and with the state of the world, people are looking closer to home for things to sustain us.  In that sense, the folk singer thrives…I seem to catch people off guard when I am performing, in how they are reacting to me.  I think people are poised.  Our culture is so accustomed to not having direct connection…people are just jaded enough to be pleasantly surprised by a little folk singer.  They come up to me after the show and say “I wasn’t expecting to feel any of that stuff, thank you!” 

In a career that has spanned nearly two decades, Moore has recorded nineteen albums and played hundreds of gigs alongside an impressive list of talented artists at hot venues and festivals all over the country.  He’s been in a jam band, a string band, a rock band and now is on the rise as a solo singer/songwriter.  After touring relentlessly in the 1990’s and co-founding a small independent record label in Santa Fe, NM in 2001, Nathan returned to his roots in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 2006 to launch a solo endeavor.  Moore’s 2007 solo album, In His Own Worlds, spent 21 weeks on the Roots Music Radio Charts, and his evocative one-man show that is an innovative combination of music, banter and magic has wowed audiences and garnered critical praise from coast-to-coast ever since.  Moore won the prestigious Telluride Troubadour Contest in 2008. 

In 2010 Nathan will continue touring Folk Singer nationally and record a new album. He will also be appearing on short tours with his rock band Surprise Me Mr. Davis. When not on the road, Nathan conducts a community-based educational and performing arts program in his home town in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and writes from his riverfront family home that he shares with his two brothers.  He is also forming a multi-media company focused on helping people tell their stories in new and innovative ways.  

For bios, photos and more information visit www.nathanmoore.org.

Oct
02

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Folk Singer Nathan Moore to Rally with Energy Activists

 Oct 1, 2009, Staunton, VA.  Nathan Moore’s new album Folk Singer has been praised for bringing balladry into the 21st century, and in October, the award-winning songwriter steps into another long-held folk singer tradition—he’s adding the music to the rally cry of social activism.  

Moore will appear Oct. 16-18 at the Carolinas Power Shift Regional Summit 2009 in Chapel Hill, NC, one of many such rallies across the country demanding bold action on climate and energy issues by President Obama and Congress in 2009.  The movement is gearing up to provide the President with a strong message of the American people’s commitment to lead the world towards a fair, ambitious, and binding global climate treaty during the Copenhagen Climate Summit in December. 

No stranger to energy issues and speaking out on causes, Moore has been a long-time advocate of reduce-reuse-recycle programs.  His band ThaMuseMeant toured in a bio-diesel bus out west in the late 1990’s, and this past August,  Moore headlined a Park City, UT Walk-Bike-Skate In concert that encouraged people to shed their usual transportation accoutrements and arrive for the show “Folk Singer Simple.”  Now living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Moore is particularly concerned about the effects of mountaintop removal coal mining on coalfield residents, their communities, mountain watersheds and streams, and the continuing damage the use of coal is causing the environment. 

The folk singer is scheduled to appear at several events during the Summit weekend, with the main event scheduled for Sat.,Oct. 17,  9pm On the Quad of the Chapel Hill campus of the University of North Carolina.  More information on the Carolinas Power Shift Regional Summit 2009 can be found at  http://www.powershift09.org/ 

Nathan Moore Travelin’ On Tour Dates

October 1/Falstaff’s/Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

October 2 / The Note / West Chester, PA (w/AOD)

October 4 / Crozet Music Festival / Crozet, VA

October 15 / The Purple Fiddle / Thomas, WV

October 17/ Carolinas Power Shift/ Chapel Hill, NC

October 20/ Iota Club and Café/Arlington, VA (w/Trampled by Turtles)

October 28/Conneticut Yankee/San Francisco, Ca (w/Fred Torphy)

October 30/ Las Tortugas Dance of the Dead Festival/ Groveland, CA

November 13/ Bear Creek Music Festival/ Live Oak, FL

November 27/ Mockingbird/ Staunton, VA (w/Jesse Harper)

 For bios, photos and more information visit www.nathanmoore.org.

 

 

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Oct
02

The Choice of a New Generation

Singer/Songwriter Nathan Moore has put out a solo EP that has a brilliant sheen. There was a true calm quality on the recordings of Woody Guthrie. The songs were about the message he was singing and not about self promotion; Nathan has that same quality. They tell their stories by making the listener part of the story.

Moore plays acoustic guitar, banjo, and harmonica on the album. His harmonica playing is very fitting on the album. I always felt even Dylan and Neil Young‘s playing was too high in the mix most of the time and took away from the song. When a wailing harmonica screams louder than the song, it didn’t ever add to the song. Moore keeps the harmonica on an even keel with the guitar. It might get slightly louder as it takes a lead, but it’s still a cooler sound.

The writing is classic. The opening “Tombstone” has great finger pickin’ and some of the wittiest lyrics I’ve some across in a while. What a great way to start the album off. “Hard Times” sounds like it’s a cover off of Dylan’s Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan album. The fantastic line in the song is, “Now we got pirates in the ocean/ we got pirates in the AIG.” There’s also a bit about King Midas losing his touch that’s quite crafty.

“Travelin’ On” has more beautifully plucked guitar work with his gruff older Leonard Cohenish characteristic. The chorus is catchy and makes for some sweet movin’ music. My favorite song on the disc is “Everybody Dreams.” It has a rough rhythm that flows so smoothly and lyrics that makes one look at life differently. As he points out it’s best to never know what it’s like to walk in another man’s shoes. This is an outstanding song that should get airplay.

The closing track, “All I Can Do Is Dance,” is a fun light hearted song about just having a chance. Sometimes we need that chance to do what we want to and not just what we have to. The track is short at 1:42, but he does a fine job fitting the song together and making his point.

I have two gripes about the album. One is not enough songs, but this is an EP. And that means I have to be patient and wait for the next release. And two is no lyrics included in the packaging. Nathan has a talent for words, and I would like to be able to read along. On his website there are many lyrics posted. I did not see any of these songs, but I hope they make it up there.

With the onslaught of singer/songwriters out in the world there are not enough folk singers, so God bless Nathan Moore. He has a uniqueness that combines himself with the highlights of the major folk singers of the past and brings it to a modern era. This album will last the test of time along with Dylan’s early catalog although I have a feeling that a follow up full album will be even stronger than this outing.

Kyle M. Palarino is a contributing editor at BluesWax.

Sep
19

RELIX OCTOBER 2009.  On Folk Singer, magician and troubadour Nathan Moore is up to his old tricks, working his magic into this latest batch of folk songs about life, both his and yours, versus dreams, both broken and deferred. An EP on the heels of a recent full-length, Moore proves as proficient as Ryan Adams, as lyrical as Jeff Tweedy and as charming as a deadbeat carton character that wakes up, rubs his belly and leans into the day. The disc starts off ominously with the lyircal triple-hitter heaviness of “Tombsotne,” “Hard Times” and “Bending Spoons,” and then turns the mood around with the itnerant “Travelin’ On,” a tune that’s as much about the magic of music as it its about hte illusion of the magician.” – Benjy Eisen

Sep
19

Dennis Cook works his word magic once again!  “…this EP’s assortment could slot in next to any revered folkie classic out there, music full of sweet ‘n’ sour understanding of the human condition.”

FOLK SINGER review on jambase.com

Sep
11

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Sep
11

Sep 11, 2009, Staunton, VA. Songwriter Nathan Moore lives what he writes about in his award-winning songs, and his new EP release Folk Singer and his Fall 2009 Travelin’ On Tour are no exceptions. He hits the road for the third leg of his Folk Singer promotional swing in September declaring “Every song I’ve ever written started with just me and my guitar. It’s the point of origin and, in that sense, the purest form of my songs. My reality is, these days, I’m mostly touring alone and it’s great to have an album that represents this side of me.”

Moore has logged a lot of road and skymiles since May, toting his bag of tricks from coast-to-coast and giving thousands a peek inside. He thinks the new album and show are feeding a deep need for people to connect during hard times. Moore recently told an interviewer from TheWaster.com: “Since the economy has turned and with the state of the world, people are looking closer to home for things to sustain us. In that sense, the folk singer thrives…I seem to catch people off guard when I am performing, in how they are reacting to me. I think people are poised. Our culture is so accustomed to not having direct connection…people are just jaded enough to be pleasantly surprised by a little folk singer. They come up to me after the show and say “I wasn’t expecting to feel any of that stuff, thank you!”

Reviewers are finding the simplicity and heartfelt nature of Moore’s song-crafting as compelling as his live show:

“Beautifully crafted, honest tunes” – The Hidden Track

“Instead of critiquing strike breakers or highlighting civil rights issues, Moore brings balladry into the 21st century with songs calling out insurance giant AIG, for example. It is leathery-voiced contemporary folk at its finest.” – Verbicide

“Less is more on singer/writer Moore’s simple — but not simple at all — eight-track EP Folk Singer…The closer you listen, the better Moore sounds.” – Goldmine

Nathan Moore’s Folk Singer Tour Continues:

Sep 14/Iota Club & Cafe/Arlington, VA
Sep 18/Clementine Cafe/Harrisonburg, VA
Sep 24/Paradise Rock Club/Boston, MA (w/ AOD/Emmitt Nershi)
Sep 25/92YTribeca/New York, NY (w/Marco Benevento Trio)
Sep 26/Narrows Center/Fall River, MA (w/Shemekia Copeland)
Sep 27/The Iron Horse/Northampton, MA (w/Emmitt Nershi)
Sep 28/Stone Church/Newmarket, NH
Sep 29/Langdon Street Cafe/Montpelier, VT (w/ Joe Adler
Sep 30/Parima/Burlington, VT (w/Bryan Elijah Smith & Joe Adler)
Oct 2/The Note/West Chester, PA (w/AOD/Emmitt Nershi)
Oct 4/Crozet Music Festival/Crozet, VA
Oct 15/Purple Fiddle/Thomas, WV
Oct 28/Conneticut Yankee/San Francisco, CA (w/Fred Torphy)
Oct 29/Las Tortugas, Dance of the Dead Festival/Groveland, CA
Nov 13/Bear Creek Music Festival/Live Oak, FL
Nov 27/Mockingbird/Staunton, VA

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“Instead of critiquing strike breakers or highlighting civil rights issues, Moore brings balladry into the 21st century with songs calling out insurance giant AIG, for example. It is leathery-voiced contemporary folk at its finest.”

-Verbicide

“…his songs possess a spirit that can have you smiling and laughing one moment and sitting in silence hanging on each and every word and image the next. Nathan Moore is indeed the real deal.” – The Velvet Rut

“Beautifully crafted, honest tunes” – The Hidden Track

Sep
06

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Sep
05

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Aug
21

Review of Littlefield CD Release Party, August 20, Brooklyn, NY from NYC Freaks:

What to say about Nathan Moore? He is a story-teller, singer, song-writer,
magician (literally), makers-swilling/makers-sharing, glass coming out of
his foot, harmonica-playing bundle of creativity and awesomeness!!!!

Littlefield, nestled in adorable [sic] Gowanus, is cool and comfortable,
nice bar, excellent drinks, lots of open space. Definitely has that
warehouse/BK feel to it. The room that houses the music is large and open,
dark … there were about twenty-chairs out, and the remainder of people sat
on the floor or stood around (kind of like old-school Tonic, but bigger and
cleaner).

The opener was a woman named Kamara, beautiful, sort of-husky-voiced but
sweet sounding singer-songwriter … she brought a female up to sing with
her who had the voice of an angel, then another (male) friend joined them to
close her set with a lovely tribute to Elvis singing Can’t Help Falling in
Love
. Their rendition was so touching that Nathan had to close his set with
it (and them) as well: Literally sang the same exact song, but this time a
capella.

As I was listening I kept thinking it was Nathan’s excuse to simply hear the
two women sing the song again! And that sums up this magnetic whimsical
generous energy that drips out of everything Nathan Moore does.

It was a lovely night, lots of laughs, hijinks, amazing lyrics, beautiful
accoustic guitar playing, & good times.

Next Wednesday Nathan is playing the Bell House as part of Surprise Me Mr
Davis and rumor has it that Marco may be joining in the fun as well!!!

You should go listen to his music at nathanmoore.org

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