Talking about the music with Ian Moore

It’s hard to imagine what a singer’s voice will sound like without a rolling drumbeat or the strumming of guitar accompaniment.

The voice of Ian Moore defies explanation.

Inexplicably absent is the Texan drawl, which one would expect from a man raised in Austin, Texas. Instead Moore speaks with clarity, only slightly saturated with fatigue from his recent 10-day West Coast tour.

Moore began his professional career as a teen-ager playing for roots rocker Joe Ely in Texas. In his early twenties, Moore started his own band and expanded his style while opening for the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and ZZ Top.

“”The music industry is a weird industry,”” said Moore, who ran into conflict with his record company, Capricorn Records, early on in his career.

While Moore characterizes these troubles as “”something that everyone in the industry goes through,”” the resulting creation of his own record label enabled him to explore himself as an individual artist.

“”It has allowed me to have more freedom. I like being able to do whatever I feel like,”” Moore said.

Today Moore resides in Vashon Island, Washington. However, Moore maintains his Texas connection through his band Action Company, which is still based in Texas.

“”It is easier to write moodier songs in a moodier place,”” Moore said, when asked about how Washington has influenced his most recent music. “”The environmental and regional difference has certainly played a role.””

Beyond everything, Moore is a songwriter. Despite having just released a new album, “”Via Satellite,”” with Action Company, Moore has hit the road solo. He is taking the opportunity to “”strip down”” his sound and bring something new to his audiences.

“”Dreamy”” is how Moore characterizes his performances, and fans that choose to attend his show at The Casbah will be in for a reverie of sound.

“”I just want to make really beautiful music,”” Moore said.

The Hiatus Calendar on page 14 has all the information on Moore’s upcoming show.

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