Music » Music Etc.

Moore assured



Ian Moore

Over the last decade, Ian Moore has quietly redefined himself

Ian Moore is a case study in how easy it is to misjudge a musician. In 1993, when Moore released his self-titled debut album for Capricorn Records, he looked like nothing more than the latest in a tiresome line of aspiring Texas blues-rock guitar heroes. With his label pushing him in the Southern-rock direction, Moore seemed instantly antiquated in the era of grunge. It was easy to write him off.

But over the last decade, the Austin-based Moore has quietly redefined himself, rejecting the baggage of a guitar hero in favor of a career as a poetic singer-songwriter. Along the way, he's made it clear that he feels much more of a kinship with the work of indie eccentrics like Neutral Milk Hotel than the traditional jams of the Allman Brothers.

In a way, Moore has run the same gauntlet as another Austin guitar phenom, Charlie Sexton. While Sexton started out as a failed David Bowie clone before claiming his rightful place as a genius sideman, Moore has been only too eager

Current Choice

Ian Moore
9pm Friday, August 27
$10 (advance); $12 (at the door)
Sam's Burger Joint
330 E. Grayson, 223-2830
to play down his considerable chops.

Moore's latest album, Luminaria (Yep Roc Records), finds him reaching a new peak of creative command. His first self-produced disc, it was primarily recorded on the road in hotel rooms, houses, and radio stations. It's a rustic, largely unplugged affair that emphasizes Moore's sweet, Jeff Buckley-esque vocals (e.g., the falsettos on the chorus of "Caroline" ) and the melodicism of his self-penned, self-critical ruminations. It's the sound of a confident artist who's learned how to be himself. •

By Gilbert Garcia

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.