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Red Moore & The Rhythm Drifters
Fat Rabbit, 1999
Red Moore's new CD is available. Red Moore and the Rhythm Drifters present a great selection of remastered Red Moore early recordings. The CD, "50's and 60's Rockabilly and Country Sounds," kicks off with the legendary track penned by Red himself, "Crawdad Song." That cut alone is worth getting this disc. The remaining tracks are country flavored vintage Red Moore.
Red Moore - In His Own Words:
I was born in Fort Madison, Iowa on September 24, 1933. The oldest of two sisters and a brother, we grew up with country music. I remember the first songs that got me hooked were Gene Autry's "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" and Bob Wills' "San Antonio Rose". I played the honky tonks in the fifties and though I was really in hillbilly heaven when I cut my record "The Crawdad Song" and got booked on a show with Ernest Tubbs, Skeeter Davis and Buddie Emmons on steel guitar.
I took my record to Nashville in hopes of getting it played on the WSM and I took it to California, to pass around and got a ticket for drag racing in Los Angeles. I was staying in San Diego at the time and went back to L.A. a couple weeks early to find out what my fine would be when I had my hearing. The Judge said you are having your hearing, one hundred dollars or thirty days in jail. When I never came out of the court house, my bass player who was waiting in the car came looking for me and was told that I was locked up. My folks and Western Union came through for me just as they were getting ready to transfer us to the county jail. Several hours under the back seat window and the hot California sun did a job on the stack of Crawdad song records that was tossed there making them more rare than they would have been.
In the early sixties I started a honky tonk joint called the Colt 45 in Keobuts, Iowa where I had played in and around for years. To say it was a swinging place would be putting it mild. Country and rockabilly was getting big and the most popular music around and we played to overflowing crowds. A minor was served one night when I was gone and the place got closed down. I had a different band and we booked into the Western Club in Gulfport, Illinois for two weeks and was still there eight and one half years later. I met my wife and best of thirty five years there and have been together ever since.
The club booked in a country music name every couple of weeks and we got to play and meet most all of the old timers of today and yesterday. After the big success of a benefit we played in Montrose, Iowa (where I was living at the time) with the help of the great Marvin Rainwater, the Chamber of Commerce asked if I would put together a country music show for the town. I got two of my old favorites, Lefty Frizzell and Carl Smith booked and Lefty later told me that I had got him out of retirement and got him started again. Sadly he cut a couple more records and passed away.
Mom is still a big fan of the rockabilly and country old timers as I am. I wold like to thank guys like Steve Kelem, Thomas Sims and Peter from Germany for bringing back and keeping my music alive after all these years and Bob Timmers for my induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. I Don't know if I'd want to do it all over again, but like they say now days, it was a trip.
Courtesy of Red Moore.
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