Moore & Moore
We are very happy to bring Moore & Moore to our event this year for the first time! You are going to love them!! They will perform for you at both concerts – Friday and Saturday night.
The best performances come from people who work well together. That would be a major understatement for twin sisters Debbie and Carrie Moore. Having sung together all of their lives, there is something really special about the close-knit harmony they create. Adept at working with an audience and making them part of their performance, Moore & Moore give the all out kind of show that only comes from the heart.
Debbie and Carrie hail originally from Belton, Missouri. It was easy to see that these two were destined for musical careers. As young girls, they were shy performers, resulting in hiding behind the family couch when relatives tried to coax them to perform. To see them on stage today, you would never guess that they would ever do anything else. They grew up listening to old records and would memorize all the words. By the time they were teenagers, they were performing in their church choir, at weddings, talent shows and in numerous school groups. They wrote their high school graduation song and were voted “Most Talented” by their senior class. “We sang our senior class song at the Kansas City Music Hall for graduation. After hearing the applause and seeing how we could touch people through our music, we knew from that moment on…. we were put on this earth to sing!”
After playing clubs all over the United States and Canada, Debbie and Carrie made the move to Nashville, Tennessee. “We were told that a lot of people go back home after giving Nashville only a few months. We had been living in an apartment about that long when a light bulb went out in the ceiling. When we had to stack suitcases to change it, we knew it was time to bring down the furniture and become Nashvillians.”
It was a good move for Moore & Moore. In 1991, they released their first single, “Out With The Old” which stayed at #1 for seven weeks on the Independent Charts. This is still the longest running #1 debut single in Independent Chart history. The accompanying debut video won Video Challenge five nights in a row on The Nashville Network’s Video PM. There have been four Number One singles since that release: “Steal Me A Heart”, “Don’t Come Knocking”, “Break Down the Walls” and “I Surrender”.
From 1991 to present, Moore & Moore have received several awards and nominations from Indie Bullet, Airplay International, TNN/Music City News Awards, BMI, NSAI and NATD. Their success has prompted appearances on WTBS’s Roots of Country with Robert Oermann, The Sally Jessy Raphael Show and TNN’s Nashville Now, Video Morning, Video PM, Country Beat, Miller and Company, Music City Tonight, Club Dance, Wildhorse Saloon Show, TNN Country News, The Statler Brothers Show, and Prime Time Country, and various shows on CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, GAC and CMT.
In 1994 they were asked to go on tour as the opening act for the legendary Statler Brothers. In 1995, they were honored to make their first appearance on the world famous Grand Ole Opry. Moore & Moore toured with Jerry Springer in 1995 and were featured on his country album, “Dr. Talk”. In 1996, they performed in Korea and Japan for the military and received the Award for International Duo of the Year. In 1997 they toured Europe with the Bellamy Brothers and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In 1999 they toured Australia and Europe. Debbie Moore co-wrote the song “Wish You Were Here” with Bill Anderson and Skip Ewing recorded by Mark Wills on Mercury Records. It went to #1 on the Billboard, R&R and Gavin Charts in April 1999. Today, Moore & Moore continue to tour all over the world (Scotland and England in 2012) and have received numerous awards, including “Country Duo of the Year” and “International Entertainer of the Year”. Their previous album, “Meant To Be” was nominated for the 2007 “Country Album Of The Year” by the Independent Music Awards. Moore & Moore’s single, “Find Me A Man Like Goober” received rave reviews, including Music Row Magazine’s Robert Oermann claiming, “Their twin-like vocal harmonies are absolutely perfect, and the bopping song is as cute as the dickens”. The accompanying video, featuring George “Goober” Lindsey and cameos of 17 legendary artists, has been added to country video outlets worldwide. Moore & Moore’s previous CD, “The More I Get, The More I Want” included a feature “Listen Up” article in Country Weekly magazine, and a free download of the song, “Wild Women Don’t Get The Blues”.
Hosting duties are on the agenda for Debbie & Carrie as filming has begun for a new show with the working title of “Show Me Your Country”, which is also the title cut of their brand new CD just released (June 2012)!
They have worked with Alabama, Marty Stuart, Little Jimmy Dickens, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Jerry Reed, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Gatlin Brothers, Smokey Robinson, Mark Chesnutt, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, Donny Osmond, The Temptations, Sam Moore, Tom T. Hall, Johnny Rodriguez, JoDee Messina, Doug Kershaw, Holly Dunn, Ricky Van Shelton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Michael Peterson, Chad Brock, Terri Clark, Randy Travis, Porter Wagoner, Jeannie Seely, Ricochet, Ty Herndon, Confederate Railroad, T.G. Sheppard, Wanda Jackson, Jack Greene, Clay Walker, Aaron Tippin, Gene Watson, George Jones and many others.
With a career that is always on the move, great things are most certainly around the corner. The musical blend of voices that were born to sing together, the sense of humor that only a sibling could get away with, complimented by the best in upbeat country songs make for a really great show. With Moore & Moore, you really want more and more!
We are thrilled that Sourdough Slim will be back with us this year. He has been with us two other times in our 10 years and the audience always enjoys him. Some say they hurt after his performance from laughing so much…but they always want more! Sourdough will be performing for you at both Friday and Saturday concerts.
Last Of The Vaudeville Cowboys. One of the most original and beloved Western entertainers of our time, Sourdough Slim is a hoot to say the least. The moment this award winning Western showman steps into the spotlight, it’s apparent to everyone that they’re in for a rollicking good time. Ten gallon funny-man Sourdough Slim, transports us to a whimsical world where vaudevillian camp and cowboy lore intermingle to produce grins galore.
Slim, aka Rick Crowder, is a well traveled veteran of stages ranging from The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering to The Lincoln Center’s Roots of American Music Festival and the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival. His fast-paced stage show finds him crooning Western classics, playing accordion, guitar and harmonica, dancing a jig, twirling a lariat, dishing out hilarious comedic sketches and letting loose with his absolutely mind boggling yodeling. His truly astounding yippie-ti-yi style won him the Academy of Western Artists 2001 Will Rogers Award for “Yodeler of the Year” and 2009, 2010 and 2011 nomination for “Entertainer of the Year” from the Western Music Association.
As Cowboy Magazine editor Darrell Arnold puts it, “There’s no one else out there like Sourdough Slim. An accordion playing, yodeling, tongue-in-cheek, cowboy-dressed entertainer deluxe. Catchy, uplifting, irresistible, jolly fun.” The Allentown Morning Call proclaims him to be a “One-man Western extravaganza!” The East Bay Express calls him “The most entertaining cowboy singer-yodeler-accordionist extant!” The Newport News Review brandishes him “The W. C. Fields of Western Entertainment” and Via Magazine heralds him “Entertainer extraordinaire!”
Born in Hollywood, California, Rick Crowder spent much of his childhood on a family cattle ranch in the Sierra foothills. But as he explains, “my true calling as a cowboy was not on the range but rather, on the stage.” A childhood cut-up, he developed his comic character, honed his musical and yodeling skills and garnered the nick name “Slim” while performing in several traveling western bands in the 1970′s and 80′s. Sourdough Slim emerged in 1988 when he came up with the idea to meld his experiences into a solo act based on a comical accordion playing yodeling cowhand. He has never looked back.
His seasoned gift for connecting with audiences from the Autry Museum to The Kennedy Center is a true testament to the irrepressible talent and dedication of this unique entertainer.