In the early oughts (who doesn’t love saying “oughts?”), I got heavily into Willy Porter. I saw him as much as I could and I hunted down about 25 live shows of his from 1990 – 1998, back when he had an ass-kicking funk ‘n’ roll jam band featuring Biff Blumfumgagne on violin.
Porter has since embraced his singer/songwriter guitar playing roots and has slowed it down a bit. (In fact, since he’s had children, I think he’s been working on a children’s CD… Incidentally, did Sinatra ever do a children’s album when he had Nancy?)
Here he is performing probably his best known song (for good reason), “Moonbeam”…
Anyway, though I continued down different musical directions, the combination supremely talented acoustic guitar player/great stage presence vocalists have always caught my attention.
Which brings me to Nathan Moomaw. I was spending some time over at theworldforgot.com which is a blog written by Billy (unless you’d like to refer to him as Liam). His blog is purely about music, and I often find some great recommendations there.
Last Friday, Billy wrote about Nathan Moomaw, a psychedelic, song-writing guitarist from the Bay Area. Moomaw recently released a CD called “26.” The concept behind the album is that he wrote a song during every month of this 26th year on earth, and then released all 12 songs on this album.
The songs are all titled by month and each one has the distinct sound you would hope for and expect.
Here’s Moomaw performing “September” with a really tiny guitar.
And this is the very Howie Day-like performance of “October.”