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Moore, Spencer / Spencer Moore
Album:Spencer Moore Collection:General
Artist:Moore, Spencer Added:08/2007
Label:Tompkins Square 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2007-12-24 Pull Date:2008-02-25 
Week Ending:20 Jan6 Jan30 Dec

 Recent Airplay
1.May 21, 2009:Death Row Radio
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3.Jan 02, 2008:Baptism of Solitude
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2.Jan 14, 2008:Emphysema For Emphasis
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4.Dec 26, 2007:Baptism of Solitude
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Album Review
Reviewed 2007-12-26 
SPENCER MOORE - "s/t" CD (Tompkins Square)
Pure and honest folk / old-time / country singing from this 88 year old. Minimal, simple guitar and slightly off-key signing of songs mostly from the 20s and 30s. MOORE still plays and has been since the 40s/50s. It's just him and his guitar and a lot of the lyrics tell a story. I love the way his old voice sounds, scratchy and rough. A lot of the tracks sound the same but the difference is the story/lyrics. The liner notes are great.
1. Sounds like he's having trouble hitting the notes. A CHARLIE POOLE hit from 1925
2. Medium paced with a few screw ups. Funny
**3. I like this track for some reason. Simple and just asking for a place to sleep and explaining why he needs one. Also from POOLE and 1925.
**4. Spoken intro. Written by MOORE'S wife when their boy died.
**5. An original written about going off to WWII.
6. Rambles a bit.
7. Faster and sounds like its bluegrass influenced. Liner notes say it was a dance tune.
8. Lamenting.
9. Old old song which the liner notes claim was written in 1860 and later made popular in 1928 by the CARTER FAMILY.
**10. Another old song. Funny. He messes up the rhythm a bit.
**11. The song doesn't sound dark but the lyrics are. About a guy who murdered his six kids and wife on xmas day in 1929.
12. Instrumental
13. Another pre-1900 tune.
**14. Speedy with speed variations. He makes funny vocal noises. All about sheep. Fun.
Good stuff. -mph

Track Listing
1.Don't Let Your Deal Go Down 8.Great Speckled Bird
2.Refro Valley Home 9.Wildwood Flower
3.May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight, Mister 10.Burglar Man
4.Our Baby Boy Is Gone 11.The Lawson Family Murders
5.In The Year Of '41 12.Little Betty Waltz
6.Three Little Babes 13.Little Rosewood Casket
7.Cumberland Gap 14.Jimmy Sutton