Today, we are speaking with Randy C Moore. What’s happening in your life right now?
I just moved from Nashville, Tennessee back to my home in Texas. Playing a lot of new places here in Texas, meeting a lot of new people who are loving my music. Life is very good.
Can you give us a little background information about you (biographical and as a musician)?
I am from Humble, Texas, A small oil boom town circa 1904 just north of Houston. I was a student of art all my life and wanted to paint and draw pictures for a living when I got out of school. I was also somewhat of a silly boy, I’d sing funny songs for my parents.
I picked up playing guitar when my Mom decided that she’d rather I not become a rock n roll drummer. Her words were, “You are not going to play the drums, you are going to play the guitar like Elvis Presley.” I had a country rock band in junior high school (grade 7-8). Then by the time I was 14 I was playing, writing and recording country music. A Houston radio personality named Arch Yancey helped me make my first records and I was getting played on Texas radio by the time I was 16 years old. After I graduated high school I moved to Nashville to pursue country music professionally. It worked out pretty well for me. I’ve been a feature on The Grand Ole Opry and Midnight Jamboree twice, I’ve played the Louisiana Hayride, I’ve played on four different continents around the world in places like Monte Carlo and Shanghai and played shows with Bruce Springsteen, Joe Ely, Hank Williams Jr, and Lee Ann Rimes to name a few.
How did you ultimately come into creating music?
I started writing songs after my brother came home from college with a Willie Nelson album entitled “Shotgun Willie”. My dad got me a 4-track recording machine and I started learning how to create records on my TEAC A-3340s. Using this device helped me to hear myself and develop my own sound vocally; it also allowed me to make a ton of mistakes that I would benefit from when I started making records in a professional multi-track recording studio.
What does your recording set up look like (e.g. what do you use to record, what are your favorite tools)?
My recording gear today would have been considered science fiction back in the early days of my recording career. I have a simple multi-track digital post production recording set-up. I use the Apollo 8p for my mic-pre/ analog input. I record, mix, and master from my iMac using Avid Pro-Tools (ver. 12 point something), Ozone 8 mastering software, East-West orchestral sounds, a ton of other software, I go very easy on my plug-ins (my favorite being the UA LA2A), my vocal is all done with the Blue baby bottle and most of my acoustic instruments are thru my MikTek SN2132.
How did “Back In The Day” come to be?
“Back In The Day” is a song originally composed some 25 years ago with my good friend and BMG recording artist Jessie Hunter. The title was different and the entire melodic and rhythmic structure was vastly different from the track that appears on my 2021 album “Lufkin” (Highway 59 Records). But the lyrics and the narrative are virtually unchanged from the first version. The year 2020 was a strange year for most of us and I kept hearing the phrase, “back in the day” as a preface to people making a reference to how different things were in the recent past and what the outcome might have been given the current circumstances. For some reason, the whole thing felt relevant now, I could be wrong, I have been before.
Your new Lufkin is out now. What do the other tracks on the album add to your corpus of recorded work?
I created the album “Lufkin” (2021 Highway 59 Records) as a continuation of many of my own narratives I had begun on my previous album (HWY 59). The themes of fishing and spending time with my dad on, “Daddy, I Wanna go Fishin’”; my journey back to Texas on, “I Sold A Lot of Beer” and “Big in Texas” along with bringing some other personal stories to the table with songs like, “Old Grey Dog” and “Stars In Their Eyes”
Another track on your release is He’s Just A Cowboy. How is the overall sound of the song different from other fare on the album?
The song, “He’s Just A Cowboy” comes from a more folk/rock musical perspective. It has elements of the eagles “Ol 55’”, James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James”, and Michael Murphy’s “Desert Rat”. I feature my buddy Troy Klontz on the pedal-steel guitar and use my string arrangements to add to the overall cinematic feel of the record. It’s not so much a departure from my sound as it is more of another layer to what I’m making here.
How has the current pandemic changed your approach to creating music?
The pandemic has not changed my music in the least. I’ve been making records in the same manner now for the last five years…but the quarantine certainly afforded me more time to shape and mold the recordings into what I was hearing in my head.
How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of your music?
The best source for locating samples of my music and anything else that I consider relevant to my artistry can be found at www.randycmoore.com,my web site. The cover page has all my links. I have videos, just search Randy C Moore on You Tube. I have Facebook pages, Randy C Moore Music, Friends of Randy C Moore, Instagram, Twitter…it’s ridiculous to have to have all this stuff but somewhere I read it was vital.
Finally, do you have any additional thoughts about life and the universe for our readers?
To everyone who reads any of this or I have not put to sleep by this time I’d like to just say…
Be kind to your neighbours and you will have kinder neighbours, be kind to strangers and you will find kinder strangers. Don’t place your expectations on occasions and don’t let a day control you, you control the day. Lastly, enjoy your life, God wants you to be happy, so make up your mind to be happy, own it.