Andy Moore started her musical career in Provincetown after quitting her job as a bookseller in 2002. After a couple years of playing the shores, she became one of Cape Cods’ featured acoustic folk-rock artists.
She moved to Richmond with her wife after they married in Massachusetts and since, she has worked to bring her Americana music-styles to the RVA.
Moore just released her first record since 2004 with her EP, 5 In Common. This Saturday, at the Gay Community Center of Richmond, she highlights songs from the new release.
She chatted with GayRVA to talk about the new tracks and performing live.
GayRVA: Tell us about the new record.
Moore: It’s the first CD I’ve put out in six years, so I’m long overdue. 5 In Common is not necessarily the five most recent things I’ve written, but it’s five songs that have had the most meaning since my last release. They’re all in common time meaning they have a four-four time signature – it’s music jargon.
Why has it been so long since your last release?
It’s a hard thing to get into the studio and find music that’s worthy to record. I know there are artists that will write anything and release it to the public. There are so many different elements to bring a CD to fruition.
What’s that process like? You have to find the right studio, the right guy behind the soundboard and the right instrumentalist. It’s not just a girl with a guitar anymore. A studio album should be a big production. You’re capturing these songs and embellishing. If you’re spending the time and money to go into the studio, then why not trick it out?
What inspired the music?
These five songs are some of the highlights and low points of the time since my last release in 2004. The first cut on the CD is a song called “Chicago.” That was inspired when I met up with a long-lost friend in 2007. You know, one of those soulmates you haven’t seen in forever and you see them and it’s like you never missed a second.
We did all the touristy things in the city and it was fantastic… To take in the city together, it was kind of magical. When I came home, my wife said, “that’s the fastest I’ve seen you write a song.”
What can audiences expect at an Andy Moore show?
It’s going to be a reliving of the songs you hear on the CD but in a more stripped down and raw way. You’re going to find a clear melody and you’re going to hear that percussive thriving rhythmic guitar that underlies everything I write.
Andy Moore performs at the Gay Community Center of Richmond on Saturday, July 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door and in advance at http://gayrichmond.com.