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Robert Steven Moore (born January 18, 1952) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. In addition to having numerous albums released on labels around the world, the prolific Moore has self-released over 400 cassette and CD-R albums since 1968, as well as dozens of home videos, mostly through the R. Stevie Moore Cassette Club, a home-based label. His eclectic work incorporates a variety of musical styles, both popular and experimental. From 1978 to November 2010, Moore lived and recorded in his apartment studios in Montclair, New Jersey, and then Bloomfield, New Jersey, before relocating to his native Nashville in December 2010. He is the oldest son of Bob Moore, veteran Nashville A-Team bassist, producer, and orchestra leader, as well as a longtime sideman for Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and many others.
In February 2005, newspaper writer Tammy LaGorce praised Moore, dubbing him a “lo-fi legend” in the New York Times.
Moore, born in Nashville, Tennessee, made his commercial recording debut inadvertently at age seven, an overdub session his father—legendary Music City session musician Bob Moore (not Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore, as many articles mistakenly claim) —set up, singing a duet with Jim Reeves entitled “But You Love Me, Daddy” in 1959. The novelty song went unreleased for 10 years, when it became a hit single in the UK on the RCA Victor label in 1969.
Moore is proficient on guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, and songwriting. In 1966, he began pursuing what would become his lifelong passion, home recording as a one-man band, using reel-to-reel tape decks set up in his parents’ basement in suburban Madison. In 1967, he formed a casual group with school friends, The Marlborough (a rock combo). He also began working for his father as a studio musician, and as an assistant at Mimosa Music, his father’s music publishing company.
After dropping out of Vanderbilt University in 1971 to pursue the lifestyle of a one-man band rock artist,] Moore later had built up enough material to issue his home-recorded 1976 debut album Phonography on his uncle Harry “H.P.” Palmer’s HP Music label. The initial run was limited to 100 pressings. New York’s Trouser Press magazine gave the album positive reviews, calling it “an outrageous collection of musical brain spewage” and “a true slash of genius” in its December 1977 issue. Moore moved from Nashville to New Jersey shortly afterwards, his uncle then releasing two further vinyl collections, the Stance EP, and second album Delicate Tension in 1978 (Moore’s prolific home tape releases continuing at the same time).
In 1996 “Phonography” was listed among “the fifty most significant indie records” in Rolling Stone’s Alt-Rock-A-Rama.
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