Ian Moore, the Seattle-based, Austin, TX-born guitar player, singer and songwriter makes the proverbial renaissance man look lazy.
Coming on the heels of Strange Days, his most successful record since his eponymous debut and despite a never-ending cycle of touring, Moore offers a new record of bright, blazing rock-n-roll that combines his legendary guitar prowess with radio-friendly songs that showcase his elastic, soul-inflected vocals. He also founded the artist’s healthcare alliance SMASH (Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare) and has joined the board of NARAS for the Pacific Northwest as governor and head of the advocacy committee.
As always, Ian has his eyes on the challenges faced by musicians of every stripe, having experienced the spectrum of artist successes and tribulations over a nearly 30-year career. “Its a very different climate right now. When we hit a city, it doesn’t matter that i have 14 records, radio hits, etc. The only thing that matters is if we can really show up and leave the people feeling they saw something amazing. Its keeps me hungry, and i like the challenge” says Moore.
You might have been surprised to hear Moore’s songs popping up on major network shows on prime time television this past year; several selections were prominently being featured as performances on both American Idol and The Voice (“Satisfied” and “Blue Sky”).
Moore’s story is often told and probably familiar to most critics; his initial record on Capricorn propelled him to national tours with the Rolling Stones, ZZ Top and Bob Dylan, acting in the acclaimed indie feature “Sling Blade,” and having Ice Cube direct the video for his track “Harlem.”
Moore deviated from his initial blues-oriented guitar sound on subsequent records, touching on graceful pop songs and the psychedelic as well as British pub rock and deep Americana. The Toronto record and its 6 tracks represents those influences in such a way that they have informed his songwriting, but is likely more recognizable as a strong collection of the kind of guitar rock his core fan base would respond to immediately.
Xanna Don’t & The Wanted
After studying operatic vocal performance at Boston Conservatory in the late 1980’s, Xanna Don’t made a name for herself in her hometown’s music scene; that name, according to The Boston Herald, was “The Country Queen of Boston.” She has toured with Southern Culture on the Skids and The Oak Ridge Boys, opened for Devo, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Old 97’s, The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, The Bottle Rockets, Dave Mason, The Del Fuegos, and Lucinda Williams, and played CBGB’s and The Bitter End in NYC. In 1994, Xanna moved her award-winning act to Austin, Texas, where she showcased for SXSW (1994, 1997), and appeared in indie films, including “A Slipping Down Life” (Sundance/SXSW) and the cult hit, “Office Space.” Booking bands for Austin’s Gay Pride led to her proudest accomplishment: the creation and co-production of SXSW’s first all-gay music showcase, selling out Austin’s largest gay venue in 2001.
During 8 years in Atlanta, Xanna served as a board member for their gay film festival and on Atlanta Film Festival’s screening committee, taught voice lessons, published her own ‘zine, and performed with her quintet. She was Entertainment Editor for Atlanta’s lesbian magazine, served as Interim Editor of ATL Free Press, and wrote the music preview for Atlanta Pride’s official guide distributed to 250,000+ attendees in 2011.
In 2012, Xanna and her wife of 24 years, a former CNN Network Editor, relocated to the Pacific Northwest where she has served on the screening committee of Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, coordinated the festival’s Opening & Closing Nights’ Parties in 2013, and in 2014 was a guest judge for Seattle Pride’s singing competition, Pride Idol. In 2015, she became and is currently Contributing Editor to Seattle Gay Scene.
In 2016, Xanna reunited with the Boston line-up of her band, The Wanted—Peter Phair/lead guitar, Kevin Patey (aka Jittery Jack)/guitar, Bill Hoar/bass, and Jay Arcari (Moving Targets)/drums—for Chetstock, a music festival honoring the late owner of Chet’s Last Call, a venue that gave many prominent Boston acts their start. Xanna Don’t & The Wanted’s performance and her interview are featured in its documentary film, Chet’s Last Call: A Story of Rock & Redemption, which debuted at Wood Hole Film Festival in August, 2018, and is currently making the independent film festival circuit.
Some of Xanna’s press quotes include:
BOSTON HERALD: “The Country Queen of Boston” // GIRLS-WORLD: “The Grande Dame of Austin Music” // AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN: “Austin’s Underground Country Queen” // “Miss Xanna Don’t does. Sing great, that is.” / “…fiery twang vibe that has won fans over from Emo’s to Cibolo Creek Country Club to gay pride rallies.” // AMERICAN AIRLINES AMERICAN WAY: “[Mike] Judge [director of Office Space] was looking for the fabled ‘Texas big-hair look’…Miss Xanna was perfect.”//
BOSTON GLOBE: “[one of] Boston’s most respected musical minds.”