It was June 1970. Wilmore, Kentucky was sleepy and warm as usual. Small town, Small college. I had just come back from exile in Seattle due to a problem I caused with the disciplinary committee of the Wilmore college. My high school best friend and bandmate Doug Southworth had moved to be near me to see what music we could do. We jammed and wrote in the basement of a big church in town. I had just bought my own recording equipment after spending lots of money on my first album with my brother Bill. ("Lo and Behold" 1969.) The songs here are very personal, and heartfelt. We recorded some of the songs in my apartment in Wilmore, some at the church, and some at a Bluegrass studio in Lexington called Lemco which would be my main studio for the next album and where I helped produce Mark Heard's second album. The album is named Wilmore because this small town, and the people in it influenced the music so strongly. The cover art by friend Gary Montgomery is an old paint store in downtown Wilmore. Gary dropped out of the small Bible college and lived downtown in this store. He had had a hard time with the school, as he was a free spirit and an artist, and they were not. He got in trouble for running around campus with the local pack of dogs, and jumping over hedges with them whooping. Troublemaker. So the word Paint on the cover, and on the store, had the letter "T" partially removed so the word Pain was showing. We all had our pains, loves, and creative moments; our poetry, our nights in the moonlit fields with our girlfriends, our spiritual journeys, and our friends.
Review: Jeremy in the U.K. wrote in "Flashback" in 2013
(Airborn Records, US, 1971)
Born'n'bred in Korea to missionary parents, Ron returned stateside for college and formed a harmony folk duo with brother Bill, employing the skills gained from high school bands in Seoul before stepping front-wise solo. Named for the Kentucky city where his college laid, this LP stands as manna on high with little more than sublime, deftly plucked acoustic, flitting from the sacred to the secular from the outset sounding akin to McCartney at his broodiest with the fragility of Neil. Later offerings are a wee more overtly faith-based, but also let the sun shine in pop-wise, and there's much joy to be had on throughout with my man Moore. (JC)
Recommended track: "Montana, Michigan"
released June 9, 1971
Ron Moore words and music, vocals, guitars, Doug Southworth lead and rhythm guitars, vocals, organ, bass, Roger Hughes drums and percussion.
Ron Moore writes poetry to music, his heart sings colours. Professional from the age of 16, Ron has played from Bulgaria to
Korea, from Alberta to Equador. Mostly in the USA and Canada, Ron's concerts bring fun, humor, and an artistic sense to the stage....more