Last night at Hailey's, R. Stevie Moore really lived up to his reputation.
Firstly there were Hares on the Mountain, the Denton folk group that played right on the floor of the venue to the two dozen or so folks who showed up despite the lineup's unusually early start time.
There was an aura about the night not like most shows, where those in attendance didn't just enjoy the performer on stage, but genuinely respected and held in high regard the man on stage. And, despite it being his first real tour, Moore appeared a seasoned vet nevertheless, knowing exactly when to writhe on the floor, when to run out into the crowd or when to just yell at everybody to shut up.
From his very earliest songs, like "I've Begun to Fall in Love" to "hits" like "Sort of Way" and "Play Myself Some Music" Moore's fans were treated to louder, looser, janglier renditions of his tunes than they ever thought they'd witness as the sounds of his bedroom indie-pop recordings were finally given the live, garage-rock treatment.
After the final number, Moore went behind an amp and laid down, as if planking, and laid there for countless minutes while the crowd begged for an encore -- and yet the venue begun its weekly '80s Night staple, and the night went on without him nonetheless.
Personal Bias: Being a big fan of Moore's, I've been pumped about this show for some time. Given the amount of social media buzz I'd seen before the show, I showed up way early, sure it'd be a sellout. It was somewhat disappointing not only to find out how far it was from reaching capacity, but by how much of the crowd showed up after midnight for the '80s dance night that took place following Moore's set.
By The Way: Stevie's father, Bob Moore, was not only Elvis Presley's bass player, but he was a session musician that played on records for Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis and pretty much everyone else that recorded in Nashville during the '60s.