Rich Moore is well-known and well-loved in Colorado's acoustic music family and has lived and performed here for over 25 years. He made his reputation early on as bassist and guitarist with stellar local outfits like The Solid Senders, and in recent years has been the rhythmic bedrock for Pete Wernick's Live Five, Celeste Krenz, and with ensembles fronted by his wife, the internationally-esteemed vocalist Mollie O'Brien. He is guitarist of choice for folk legend Tom Paxton, who invariably requests Moore as a sideman for his Colorado shows.
Known primarily as a bass player, Moore showcases his formidable guitar chops on his solo recording "Steady State." His approach to the guitar might be thought of as “solo guitar ensemble”, though many of the album’s selections employ a wealth of Colorado talent including stand-out contributions from John Magnie and Brian McRae. He is a consummate picker -- meticulous, elegant, warm and witty. After years of collaborating with other musicians, he found that he was writing more and more of his own tunes, and required a solo project to contain his burgeoning catalog of originals -- the CD contains seven of Moore's compositions along with three tasty covers, including a Ray Charles-inspired "You Don't Know Me."
Legendary songwriter Tom Paxton says of Rich’s playing:
"Whenever I'm trying to work out a guitar arrangement I inevitably come to a point where I ask myself, 'How would Rich play this?' Then I laugh at my pretensions to greatness and go back to my usual plunk, plunk style. Fact is, Rich plays the way I hear it in my head. I just wish my hands heard it that way, too."
Rich’s shows are a combination of fine playing and first rate performance. His audiences are treated not only to his excellent guitar styling, but also to his quick wit and humorous observations. Don’t miss him.