You’ll no longer have to attend a biker rally to hear Pawhuska’s “rowdy redneck rocker,” singer/songwriter/guitarist Curtis Moore.
Music from two of Moore’s CDs — “Ridin’ High” and “Hardcore” — was recently released to the independent music website, CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com).
“The site lets people to hear music by about 300,000 different artists from all around the world,” said Moore. “It also gives independent artists like me access to a worldwide audience.”
By registering for a free account with the site, visitors can listen to Moore and hundreds of thousands of other musicians — free of charge. Individual tracks can be downloaded for $1.29 and the entire album downloads cost $9.99. The offerings are available as MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.
Although both of the Moore discs were released in 2009, they contain considerably different musical selections.
“Ridin’ High” is a nine-track collection of original music, all written by Moore. The album describes itself as “two-fisted, redneck rock laced with southern-fried Oklahoma blues’ guitar.” Moore performs the vocals, as well as lead and rhythm guitars.
Two songs on thethe “Ridin’ High” album — “Southern Angel” and “Ridin’ High” — feature Grammy Award-winner Billy Earheart, the longtime keyboardist of Hank Williams Jr.’s Bama Band.
“Billy also was an original member of the Amazing Rhythm Aces,” Moore added.
The other album, “Hardcore,” is Moore’s all-original, unfiltered take on the raunchy side of life. The album includes eight tracks that “will appeal to rednecks, bikers, and degenerates who appreciate good times and great music,” the liner notes say. It also is described as: “Uncensored, X-rated, rowdy, hell-raisin’ music. Southern rock meets biker country.”
That last note may have local origins, as Moore was a main performers at many of the Osage County Biker Rallies held near Pawhuska from the late 1980s until about a decade ago. Moore is lead vocalist/lead guitarist of The Curtis Moore Band — which has been referred to as “the best biker rock band in America” by articles appearing in nationally-published magazines Biker and Outlaw Biker.
Moore performed as the opening act for Lynyrd Skynyrd three times during the 2004 “Vicious Cycle World Tour.” He also has shared the stage with David Allan Coe, Molly Hatchet, Black Oak Arkansas and Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, as well as with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Leon Russell, the Marshall Tucker Band, southern rock legends Blackfoot, The Southern Rock Allstars and Country Music Hall of Famer Willie Nelson.
CD Baby reportedly was started in a Portland, Ore., garage. Since its founding in 1998, the company claims to have paid more than $250 million to its contributing artists. Advertisements say the company is “run by artists, for artists,” while insisting: “When you buy music at CD Baby, you’re buying directly from the artist.”
The company’s online record store lets artists set their own album prices and discounts. According to the website, CD Baby “has the most free-range, organic, grass-fed independent music in the world, with almost 400,000 albums and 3 million tracks in our catalog.”
The site offers 850 music “genres.” Moore’s albums ares listed under three of the website’s Rock Genres: Southern Rock, Blues Rock and Country Rock. CD Baby recommends his music for people who like listening to David Allan Coe, Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd and Stevie Ray Vaughn.