Nashville musician returns to roots for performances

Monday, September 22, 2003
Hunter Moore

SIKESTON - A former Southeast Missouri resident will provide the music as Sikeston celebrates its cotton heritage.

Hunter Moore will do a public performance at the Malone Street Grill on Sept. 27 and workshops in area schools during this week's Cotton Carnival. Workshops for students are planned in Sikeston on Wednesday, Charleston on Thursday and New Madrid on Friday.

Terri Matthews, administrator for Sikeston Missouri Arts Inc., which arranged Moore's performance, said the visits by the songwriter-performer is just one way for the organization to fulfill its mission. "Sikeston Missouri Arts is all about bringing arts to the people," said Matthews.

"Hunter, of course, was born locally, in Charleston - I think it is good for students to see someone who has been taught in the local area and gone on to make a name for himself," she said, noting he has written and recorded with some big names in music. "When students can talk to someone first hand that makes an impression to them."

As a songwriter, Moore's songs have been recorded by Ricky Skaggs, Alabama, Kathy Mattea and others.

As a performer he has released three albums, "Departure," "Delta Moon" and "Conversations," all of which received air play throughout the U.S. and abroad. The albums generated excellent reviews in Performing Songwriter, The Nashville Scene, Dirty Linen and other publications.

Many of his works from these albums will be played by Moore during his concert which will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Malone Street Grill's conference room. There is a $5 charge with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to performing in his hometown, Moore has taken his music on the road, performing in coffeehouses and concert halls across the U.S. as well as touring in Europe.

Moore's songs during his performances draw deeply on his seventh generation Southeast Missouri roots for inspiration. Many of the songs present vignettes of rural Southern life with characters who are both proud and ambivalent about their surroundings.

Described as "country/folk with a groove," Moore's music borrows from country, folk and blues to create a contemporary sound powered by his rhythmical approach on acoustic guitar. Also contributing to the craft in his songs is a decade spent on Nashville's Music Row working with some of Music City's most highly respected and successful songwriters, including a two-year stint with Songwriter Hall of Famer Bob McDill. In a review by Music Reviews Quarterly, Moore was praised for his vocals and his performance on his acoustic guitar.

"Moore's voice is very pleasant and it rides along the edginess of the melodies again in perfect sympathy with the simple frustration being presented in most of these stories," wrote Music Reviews Quarterly.

His lyrics also received high marks from Michael McCall, writing for Nashville Scene. McCall called Moore's songs "careful, deliberate folk-pop tunes about the importance of moral values and the quiet inner struggles that make or break them ... Delta Moon, Moore's second album, reveals how he's developed into one of Nashville's most precise and eloquent songwriters."

McCall also praised Moore for the emotion contained in his songs as well as the freshness of his works.

Residents will have the opportunity to buy signed copies of Moore's CDs and hear him play following Saturday's Cotton Carnival Parade when he is at the SEMO Music Center on Front Street beginning at 3 p.m.

For more information about Moore and his music, his Website is

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