Sharon Kay Moore
Songwriter, Vocals, Guitars, Percussion
Sharon Kay Moore began writing and performing in her early teens in San Antonio and has since performed throughout San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Nashville and the Alabama Gulf Coast. Since moving to Alabama Sharon has performed for festivals, clubs and house concerts.
Chapters, an Acoustic Take on New and Old Songs is Sharon’s third CD. The project was recorded in Nashville and produced by recording artist/producer Buddy Mondlock. The disc features Sharon on all vocals, guitars and percussion, and stellar performances by Dana Cooper (harmonica), Charlie Chadwick (upright bass) and Tim Lorsch (violin and cello). The project was recorded and engineered by Tom Manche, owner of Nashville’s Studio X. Of the 11 songs, 10 are originals, and the final cut is a soulful rendition of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”. These are new songs mixed with reimagined versions of a few songs from her previous CDs: A Moment More, recorded at the Nashville studio of Michael Webb and produced by Charlie Chadwick, and Alive and Well, recorded at the Loxley, AL studio of Anthony and Savana Crawford a/k/a Sugarcane Jane. Chapters is available at www.sharonkaymoore.com, https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/sharonkaymoore and digital, retail and streaming services.
Prior to her three solo CDs, Sharon recorded “Particular People” with her uncle, deceased contemporary ragtime composer and pianist Donald Ashwander. Portions of that LP are included on Sunshine and Shadow, the double CD compilation on New World records. Sharon now represents Donald Ashwander’s print music and recordings (www.ashwandermusic.com) while following her own musical path.
Sharon Kay Moore
82 Plantation Pt., PBM 189
Fairhope, AL 36532
Buddy Mondlock writes songs so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith and Janis Ian, to name just a few. When Buddy's not on the road you can find him in Nashville but he grew up in Park Forest Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. His mentor was Guy Clark, who heard him singing one of his songs under a tree at the Kerrville Folk Festival and liked it. So Guy went back to Nashville, opened the door and said, listen to this kid, he’s good! A publishing deal and a U-Haul headed south soon followed. People were starting to pay attention. In 1987 he was a New Folk Award Winner at Kerrville and he released his first album called On the Line. In the next few years David Wilcox recorded The Kid on his first record for A&M. Buddy did some writing with this other new kid in town named Garth Brooks. Janis Ian heard him singing at the Bluebird Cafe and asked him if he’d like to write with her. Their song Amsterdam got recorded by Joan Baez. Nanci Griffith asked Buddy to sing on a show she was taping for Irish television. She ended up liking that song so much that she recorded Comin Down In the Rain on her Grammy Award winning collection Other Voices, Other Rooms. Garth became a star and Every Now and Then ended up on his album The Chase. Buddy was touring all over the country by this time playing coffeehouses and the occasional festival (he was a regular on the main stage at Kerrville by now). And there were trips to Europe too. In 1996 Peter, Paul and Mary recorded The Kid and then asked the kid himself to sing with them on their Great Performances TV special. He won a Kerrville Music Award for song of the year that autumn for The Kid too. In 1998 his third album, Poetic Justice, and it got picked up by EMI Records in Canada and Ireland and by Proper Music in the UK when British DJ Bob Harris began playing songs from it on BBC radio. In 2000 Buddy was approached by producer Billy Mann who had a unique project in mind. Buddy collaborated with the legendary Art Garfunkel and the wonderfully musical Maia Sharp. The three of them wrote and recorded an album together called Everything Waits To Be Noticed, released on Manhattan/EMI in late 2002 to critical acclaim. Buddy’s most recent solo recording called The Ugly One, has had him hitting the road performing and leading songwriting workshops, leading trips to Ireland while writing and producing.
Out of the heartland of America, stomping grounds of Truman and Twain, “powerhouse” troubadour Dana Cooper dedicated himself to a life of music over 40 years ago. This song poet engages and inspires audiences around the world with his quick wit, insightful stories and commanding presence. He is the recipient of the 2014 Heritage Musician award from Pilgrim Center for the Arts in Kansas City, MO. He was also named the 2015 Spirit of Folk award winner by Folk Alliance International. He has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and the Kerrville Folk Festival where he was nominated for their Hall of Fame. Cooper’s songs have been recorded by top-notch artists such as bluegrass star Claire Lynch; Irish vocalist Maura O’Connell; and luminary songwriters Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner. Cooper’s mixture of flat-picking, finger-picking and percussive strumming style is legend among other guitarists. An expressive singer his voice is ageless evoking a rich lifetime of experience.
At 12 he sang, played drums, guitar and harmonica in local bands. By 13 he began writing his own songs and at 16 he performed regularly at the prestigious Vanguard Coffeehouse in Kansas City. His deep love and commitment to a life of music drew Cooper away from an art scholarship. Cooper took to the road touring midwest college coffeehouses for one year then sold an electric guitar and his entire record collection to buy a one-way ticket to Los Angeles. Four months later he was signed to Elektra Records where his eponymous first album was released in 1973. The record features such acclaimed players as Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel and Jim Horn.Years later he returned to San Francisco City College to study another great love, horticulture. Still he played whenever possible in clubs all over the Bay Area. Cooper’s diverse experiences as a taxi driver, warehouseman, nurse’s aid, gardener, waiter and touring musician continued to bring maturity and depth to his songwriting.
Cooper eventually moved to Texas writing, performing and recording with Shake Russell in the late 70s and with his own power trio, DC3 during the early 80s. Returning to his roots as a solo performer Cooper relocated to Nashville in 1988. He has become an integral figure in the Music City songwriting community collaborating with renowned writers such as Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, Kim Carnes and Don Henry. Cooper has been invited to participate in songwriting workshops from Belfast to Copenhagen to Austin.
His prolific endeavors have resulted in 28 albums. The critically acclaimed Miracle Mile on Compass Records was nominated for a Nashville Music Award as “Best Pop Album” and was chosen by Performing Songwriter magazine as one of the top DIY recordings for the year. Harry Truman Built a Road was named one of the best records of 2002 by The Tennessean and was also chosen as one of the top twelve DIY recordings for that year. Made of Mud released on King Easy Records in 2005 won Cooper the “Best Male Songwriter Award” by Indie Acoustic Project. Working with co-producer/guitarist Thomm Jutz, Cooper released his 27th album, Building a Human Being, in September, 2015.
Cooper and Jutz also coproduced his 28th recording, Incendiary Kid, which will be released October 20, 2017 on Travianna Records. Americana and Folk radio stations across the country are now playing the new CD in anticipation of its release. Robert K. Oermann in Music Row Magazine says of Building a Human Being “Nashville veteran Cooper wins the Disc of the Day prize. Highly recommended.” Add text
Charlie Chadwick is an American upright and electric bassist and recording engineer/producer living in Nashville, Tennessee, originally from San Diego, California. He is the inventor of the Chadwick Folding Bass, an upright bass made for travel. He has produced, performed and recorded with artists including Suzy Boggus, Jill Sobule, Steve Earle, Steve Forbert, the Grassmasters, and many others. Charlie produced Sharon Kay Moore’s first CD, A Moment More.
violin and cello
Tim Lorsch is a Nashville based producer, session player, arranger and songwriter. He has produced critically acclaimed records and played on thousands of recordings covering a wide spectrum of musical styles. He has made contributions to Grammy and Emmy Award winning projects, performed on TV and scored for the theater.
Artists he has performed and/or recorded with include Kris Kristofferson, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Pat Green, Ray Price, Percy Sledge, Lorrie Morgan, Andrew Gold, Joy Lynn White, Goose Creek Symphony, Mel McDaniel, Mary Gauthier, Hank Thompson, Jo-El Sonnier, Allison Moorer, Danni Leigh, Townes Van Zandt, The Kinleys, Keith Gaddis, Lucinda Williams, Rodney Crowell, Kevin Welch and Sam Baker.