JamBase Questionnaire: Nathan Moore

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There's something beautifully broken yet unassailably indestructible about Nathan Moore. Perhaps it's because when he "lets it all hang out" you get the full boat of human emotions. Few artists of any kind live as close to the bone as Moore. One never doubts they're getting the straight dope when this singer-songwriter lays things out, which means we're forced to juggle the same ontological, feeling filled stanzas as the man who penned them. More so than most, engagement with Moore's work means giving something more of one's self. This is not passive entertainment and those that treat it as such will miss most of the golden ore hiding in the crags – and oh my, Nathan has some lovely, gnarled crags. It's easy to tick off the phenomenal ancestors he evokes – Dylan, John Lennon, Fred Neil, John Martyn, etc. – because he operates on the same rich ground of reality as these gifted forebears. There's the risk of overselling a fellow with that kind of praise but I dare folks to sit at his heel for an hour or two and not come away changed, charged and chomping at the bit for more. (Dennis Cook)

Here's what Nathan had to say to our inquiries.

Fest Nathan by Anne Stavely
Nicknames: Percy Boyd

Band Association(s): Surprise Me Mr. Davis

Instrument of choice: Baritone Ukulele

1. Great music rarely happens without…
Good ears

2. The first album I bought was…
Men Without Hats, recommended to me by the guy at the record store.

3. The last song or album to really flip my wig was…
The Barr Brothers first album

4. When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be…
A rock star

5. My favorite sort of gig is…
For people who already know and dig my songs

6. One thing I wish people knew about me is…
How hard I've worked for how long

7. I love the sound of…
The heater in my room

8. One day I hope to make an album as fantastic as…
Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks

9. The best meal I ever had on tour was at…
The Red Iquana in SLC

10. I always find the coolest audiences in…
Small towns

11. The worst habit I've picked up being on the road all the time is…
Staying up all night, even though I did that as a child.

12. The Beatles or the Stones? Por qué?
The Beatles because I can sing along to every song.

13. The craziest thing I ever saw was…
The flash flood at Desert Rocks last year.

Find a treasure trove of Moore-y goodness and home recordings here.

A petition to get Mr. Moore onto Jam Cruise 9 has been started here.

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[Published on: 7/20/10]

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