This has been a pivotal year for R. Stevie Moore. After 40 years of producing and distributing over 400 albums, the influential godfather of home recording embarks on his first world tour, with his new band Tropical Ooze. On top of it all, R. Stevie Moore recently finished recording his first studio album Advanced that reached full funding by Kickstarter last February.
“Someone ought to right a human interest story on me as the man who never gave up.” Moore says. Advanced is impressive and is the perfect example of someone that is sincerely passionate about what he does. It’s about time Moore moves from cult classic to music legend.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, R. Stevie Moore was greatly influenced by his father, bassist and session musician, Bob Moore, who played with legends Elvis and Roy Orbison. Moore’s first song was recorded at the age of 14, and his first album Phonography, at 24. Recording for him began as a diary of sound – spanning a large range of genres from pop, punk, country, funk and rock to name a few. With little outside direction, Moore has embarked on a productive but lonesome road as a true “bedroom musician”. Allowed to stay true to his craft and explore whims without the outside voice of a label he says “There’s a lot of compromise if you want to get to the top of the pops.” In some respects, it may be best that it took this long for him to gain mainstream popularity. Now, decades later with the internet on his side, he has friends Ariel Pink and Dr. Dog to thank for the interest that has climbed exponentially over the last few years.
Hopefully with this new tour he’ll get the wide scale recognition he deserves. “The one thing I don’t tolerate is mediocrity. You have to add a twist- everything needs a little twist. I can’t stand mediocrity in all of the arts.” R. Stevie Moore is anything but mediocre. Visit R. Stevie Moore’s website HERE. Find his tour dates HERE.