Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-moe.
Back in the old days, it wasn't enough to have to have the standard record releases by groups like The Grateful Dead and Little Feat. So I used to buy bootleg live recordings by those groups. That's not necessary in the digital age but there's no question that as a jam band in that tradition, moe. would have thrived in that era. They are a very popular live act and release a lot of live CDs. The band is from Utica, NY and they all met in 1989 a the University Of Buffalo. They started out as a trio led by bassist vocalist Rob Derhak, guitarist vocalist Chuck Garvey and drummer Ray Schwartz with other rotating members. They were originally called Five Guys Named Moe but then shortened it to moe. While playing the local bar circuit, they recorded demos and added guitarist Al Schnier. By the time they released their debut CD Fatboy in 1992, Schwartz was replaced by Jim Loughlin. He left to join Yolk in 1995 and was replaced by Mike Strazza and then Chris Mazur. They started touring nationally in 1995 and Mazur was replaced by Vinnie Amico. They signed with Sony in 1996 and Loughlin was brought back to play percussion. Things didn't go well for moe. at Sony. They were dropped in 1999 and started their own Fatboy label. And they've been releasing their own CDs ever since. Wormwood is a 2003 CD released through Artist Direct. They took some 2002 llive tracks and enhanced them in the studio. It's a good intro for newcomers to the band. You can get plenty of live CDs too. And they do a lot of music festivals including Bonaroo. Remember when Grateful Dead fans were called Deadheads. moe. fans are called moe.rons. moe. is certainly worth checking out. Here's moe. performing Kyle's Song at the Fillmore in Denver Apr. 2, 2006.