Keith Moody will be at the Gray Horse Thursday.
By Hap Mansfield
Alt-Country rocker Keith Moody will stop at the Gray Horse Saloon, 1904 RR12, Thursday as part of his current tour.
“I absolutely love playing in Texas,” Moody said. “The people are very friendly and are very supportive of great music, if only the rest of the world would be the same way.”
A native of Alabama, Moody hails from the same Chattahoochee River Valley that spawned the Black Crowes and Alan Jackson. Moody’s music reflects the region.
“Still to this day I’m very into that sort of glassy, essentially quintessential Southern sound, ” said Moody.
Learning about music from his grandfather’s record collection when he was just a child could explain why such a young musician (he’s 28) claims his influences as Hank Williams, Tom Petty, Waylon Jennings, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.
Said Moody, “I feel that my music is a great example of a place where rock, blues and country cross paths on the way to the listeners ears.”
After getting a guitar at 17 from his music-loving grandfather and spending some time in a band, Taxicab Armada, Moody devoted his time to song writing and found he had more than a little talent for it. His lyrics describe his life and feelings with a sharp eye towards honesty. His unflinching look at heartache and loss make his songs as moving as they are tuneful.
He is proud of his Paul Reed Smith McCarty guitar and he plays it with deft proficiency. His live performances are noted for their vitality.
“When people come to a show, I want to give them an energetic performance that not only entertains them, but makes sure they know the name Keith Moody as they leave, and there after,” Moody said.
Moody has two glowingly reviewed releases under his belt — 2008’s “The Only Ride You Can Get,” and a new EP, “Lines,” released this year. His reviews often note that he has proved to be a good producer, as well as a talented musician.
After he finishes his tour of Texas, Moody is on to the Midwest, stopping in Missouri and Indiana. Moody is delighted by the response he’s gotten on the tour so far.
“Nothing gets me more pumped than knowing I will get to meet new and old fans and play, play, play!” Moody said.
To hear a sample of his work, visit www.keithmoody.com.