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Songs from 1st Samuel 16:16-23 by T Moody

I’ll tell you: When I first went to this artist’s Web site, I thought I mistyped the URL! The Web site talks about how T. Moody’s sound so resembles that of the classic rock and country rock/southern blues rock heavyweights like Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Mellencamp, the Outlaws, and one of my early rock favorites (being a fair guitarist myself), the lil ol’ blues band from Texas, ZZ Top. There’s a reference to his guitar riffs being influenced by Hendrix, among others! Well, let’s set this much straight: Moody has notable skills and plays very, very well. There’ll be no doubt about his acoustic guitar mastery once you’ve heard him. That being said, you are in for one surprise if you first listen to the CD sampler and then go to his Web site (or vice versa).

This is a major retreat from his earlier aspirations and associations, based on what I read. Nothing here reminds me of rock. Well, maybe the strumming has a slightly intense feel, especially for such a light, somewhat mellow recording, and maybe I do hear some hints of the styles of the Outlaws and, perhaps, Mellencamp. Nope, I don’t hear ZZ Top or Hendrix or Skynyrd.... but then, the sampler’s title suggests that maybe we’re not supposed to hear them. This sounds like it may be a new journey for Moody. After all, his bio does mention that his music chronicles his trips through hard times ("My songwriting stems from the extremes of my personal life. From reckless living and excessive partying to getting clean and sober. From living in hopelessness and desperation, to casting off all fear and chasing my dream.").

This is quite conceivably the latest chapter in his book of life. That’s very commendable! The four-tune sampler contains tunes that are, at first "glance," nicely melodic. However, they get to be a bit long and somewhat monotonous, especially when you consider that there’s not another instrument or voice present throughout. Overall, I truly appreciate Moody’s efforts and understand his laudable motive, if I understand it correctly. Truncating the tunes a bit might help enhance this otherwise noteworthy effort.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: T Moody
  • CD Title: Songs from 1st Samuel 16:16-23
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Self-recorded
  • Tracks: Quest, Peace, Moonlight, Reflection
  • Musicians: T. Moody (acoustic guitars)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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