The wind whipped through the pines at Casey Jones Park
Pavilion all day; then just before the concert, it settled into
a gentle breeze. So began the magic of the two acoustic
musicians taking the stage. On May 26th Coyote Creek
Concerts presented Moors and McCumber. James Moors,
Kort McCumber, several acoustic guitars (6 & 12 string), a
Tenor banjo, a mandolin, a dobro, an odd 8-string
instrument called an Irish Bouzouki, and a harmonica
named Fred make up the group, Moors and McCumber.
I'd liken Moors and McCumber to the harmonies of the
Everly Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, or Seals and Crofts.
Vocally they stand in the same caliber as those performers,
but this duo also brings a unique intimacy to their music.
Listening to their songs is like sitting by the fireplace and
hearing a friend spin tall tales, over a good scotch. The
effect is very mellowing, like a cleansing rain after a long
Listening closely, I could not detect a single orphaned note
the entire night; the strings and voices intertwined,
following each other's minutest variation in perfect
balance. Considering the range of tempos in the various
songs, especially involving the upbeat banjo licks, that was
quite an accomplishment.
This is acoustic music at its finest; audiences can actually
"hear the words" rather than being assaulted by overhyped
volume. With acoustic music, individual notes ring true
rather than being swallowed in a clutter of noise. While the
"live" Moors and McCumber experience is preferred, their
CDs also eschew the temptation of over-producing their
artistry into a bland mass-produced electronic goulash.
What you hear live is surprisingly close to the recordings --
a quality one hopes they do not lose in the future.
The music of Moors and McCumber reflects many
influences; a little blues, some blue-grass, a little Smokey
Hills, and a skosh of Celtic to round out the mix. Tossed
together you get Americana styling's made exceptional by
the blend of their excellent harmonies and exquisite
instrumentation. This ain't your daddy's jug-band, these
guys are talented and brilliant
Review: Moors and McCumber at Coyote Creek Concerts
musicians who are definitely worth following. As
songwriters, vocalist, and instrumentalist they've got the
If you missed the concert it is truly your loss. Buy a CD
(www.moorsandmccumber.com), have a glass of wine,
and chill out for awhile.
Coyote Creek Concerts continues a fine tradition of
bringing outstanding "live" music to Elbert County. Kudos!
By Mike Phillips