Ian Moore finished his seventh annual Acoustic Christmas Tour with an energetic performance, with opening act Tin Man Travis.
It was unseasonably warm in December, Christmas parties were abounding, and there was a high school dance at every major hotel in Dallas. True fans don’t miss a chance to hear exceptional music, though, and they poured into Poor David’s Pub. They know how well David Card takes care of music fans by presenting well-known artists in an intimate setting.
The concert goers were ready to relax after shopping in malls and fighting traffic and got to the venue early. They were pleased to find opening act Tin Man Travis.
Travis treated the crowd to several songs buoyed by his outgoing personality. His repertoire ranged from light-hearted to love songs, all with his unique style. His “Deep Ellum Blues” featured solid guitar work, while a psychobilly song reminded the audience of New Riders of the Purple Sage. He played a Todd Snyder-type story/song about not changing and a ballad that captured the crowd’s attention. He finished with “Honky Tonk All-Star,” a true story set to music.
The crowd was restless, but David soon came out to introduce the star of the evening. Enter blues great Ian Moore with his acoustic guitar joined by Kullen Fuchs who would play several instruments in backing Mr. Moore.
Ian’s voice seemed stronger than ever, as evidenced by his first song, “Abilene.” His vocal inflections sounded like another instrument and accompanied his expert guitar work. Telling stories and telling the basis of each song gave the audience a chance to connect with him in a way not available at arena shows. The crowd responded to this closeness in “Angelyne.”
Moore’s mannerisms during “Paint Me A Blue Sky” were genuine and straight from his heart. Combined with exquisite fingering on acoustic, this was a fan favorite. “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter” was in true storyteller fashion and spoke of working through the process of life.
The deep meaning behind “Perfect Design” resonated well with Ian’s fans as it showed a vulnerable side of him. He laughingly said his wife challenged him to write a non-depressing song, so he came up with the lighter mood of “New Day.” His lone holiday song on his Christmas tour was “It Just Don’t Seem Like Christmas” with its theme of being alone at this time of year is difficult for many.
Moore told several inter-related stories of being in the movie Sling Blade, drinking with Harry Dean Stanton, and then getting into a fight with Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees. The crowd roared with laughter as he shared his honesty with them.
The musical direction changed again as Ian went back to his deep blues roots for “Paris, Texas.” A blues ode to his wife, “Joleen,” was preceded by two more intimate stories, showing that musicians are regular people, too.
The emotions again poured out as the singer/songwriter sang “Dublin Blues,” a tribute to one of his mentors, the late Guy Clark. He then ventured into the crowd and connected with the fans on an even deeper level as he played “Kangaroo Lake” and “Elephant Tears.”
Ian was having fun, and it showed. He crooned “Satisfied,” another of his hits as Angela, a member of Ian’s staff, told this reporter, “The ladies love this one!” The ladies loved it, as did the men, as his fingering on the guitar allowed his soul to shine through his music.
“Cinnamon” was darker, almost an anthem, with a sound and lyrics that mesmerized the audience. His emotions added an ethereal quality to “Today,” which Ian said was his favorite song. It kept building to a crescendo with its chord structure and soulful fretwork that was much more than just technical proficiency.
Moore’s final song lasted several minutes with its spontaneity and extensive jam session. He even included “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” to everyone’s delight.
Ian never even made it off the stage before demands for an encore made him pick up his guitar again. He showed his love for a wide range of styles by singing Paul Anka’s “True Love Ways,” a song he made his own.
Moore finished the epic night with “Carry On,” from his eponymous debut album. It turned into a singalong and continued until he absolutely had to leave the stage.
Ian Moore is so much more than a premiere guitarist and blues singer. He has many irons in the fire, and he enjoys the diversity of his many projects. He is currently putting together a new band and tour that will start in March 2017. It will be a show that is not to be missed.
Many thanks to David Card and expert technical work from Carlos on the sound board at Poor David’s Pub.
Special thanks to Tina Powell and Angela from Ian’s staff who helped make this night memorable.
Joe Guzman of National Rock Review was on hand to record the event.
Tin Man Travis
Event Date: 16-Dec-2016
Editor note: This article previously listed the owner of David’s Pub as David Carr when in fact his David Card. We have corrected the error and apologize to Mr. Card and our readers.