Easing your mind with Dave Moore
In my haste to get to work this morning I did my usual CD selection prior to my departure. I usually drag a wide array of music to keep me going through the day. Easy going in the morning, more rockin’ for the afternoon. For whatever reason I dug out my copy of Dave Moore’s 1999 release Breaking Down to 3. Dave is one is one of Iowa’s most beloved songwriters with clever, gritty, easy-going songs. They have a wise and grizzled edge and are delivered with a lazy-Sunday attitude that puts your troubles at ease. In our crazy lives, Dave’s songs are the kind of salt-of-the-Earth remedy that we need to remind us what its all about. While listening to the album you can’t help but slow down. That’s all you can do. That’s……. what…….. I’m…….. doing.
Aside from being one of Iowa’s most renowned songwriters he is also a astounding harmonica and accordion player. I saw him last summer in Avon, MN playing at a quilt shop. While letting the harmonica slip almost completely into his mouth, he pulled off a growling harmonica solo with a master’s ease. Seamlessly popping it out and cruising into the chorus without missing a beat.
Anyway, Breaking Down to 3 is a one of those forgotten treasures that you pull from your music collection and can’t stop listening to. It happens all the time, but when you least expect it. Songs you didn’t like before become your favorites and songs you fell in love with essentially just become your friends.
If you’re in the Minnesota area on August 1st you can catch Dave Moore at Blues at the Barn in Red Wing, MN. An afternoon of some of the best in acoustic/roots blues. I’ll post the song “Let’s Take Our Time and Do it Right” from Breaking Down to 3 so if you’re unfamiliar with Dave’s music you can get a taste. This is a slow summer-time song that eases even the beastliest of beasts. Enjoy!
Visit www.redhouserecords.com for more info on all of Dave’s catalog as well as our other fine artists. You can also purchase tickets to Blues at the Barn (with Pieta Brown, Ray Bonneville, Dave Moore, The Pines, and Steve Kaul).
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