A man of many talents

A man of many talents

Keith Moody brings his unique blend to South Park Tavern

By Zach Rogers

Music today can sometimes feel like a constant barrage of sound, and it’s often hard to pin down an artist to one specific genre. The trick now is to see who can gather these influences correctly and make something worth listening to. Keith Moody and his band are out there putting this theory to the test, creating a great blend of music that grabs from the worlds of rock, country and blues. Recently, Moody was nice enough to sit down and discuss his music, and here’s what he had to say.

First off, let’s talk about the music. A lot of people say the way your songs mix together different elements is one of your biggest strengths. What would you say is the best thing about having this sort of broad scope? Has it ever been an issue for you when creating new music?

It has never been a concern as far as creation. Jason and the team at the studio are with me in the vision of making each track its own part of the garden. The issue you run into is more the desire of marketing people who want you to fall into a bin, whether it’s country, rock or whatever. Now that people have the ability to essentially program their own stations in their phone or MP3 player, music returns back to a place it used to be and should always be. It is now about the quality of the composition and its production, not whether it fits onto a chart. –Keith Moody

There’s been a lot said about your triple-threat attack of singing, playing guitar and writing your own songs. What do you enjoy more, and when it comes down to it, what would you want to be remembered for the most?

Probably the songs, those are what really touch people. I have fan emails telling me how a lyric changed their mindset and inspired them, and no matter what I play or sing I’m not sure I could do that without my songs. -KM

After years of being on the road, has it gotten any easier for you, as far as putting a tour together and traveling around for extended periods of time?

Yes and no. Some things wear on you more, but overall it becomes an essential part of your existence. I enjoy my breaks more, but after eight days or so I’m ready for a hotel and some asphalt in front of me. I guess the gypsy thing I’ve heard in rock n’ roll songs is really true. I love the feeling of rocking a venue and then waking up in a different town the next day. -KM

I know your music is a melting pot of different influences, but at the end of the day what kind of person is Keith Moody? Is he a soaring rock ‘n’ roller, a down-and-out bluesman, a country twanger or simply a pop craftsman?

At heart I will always be a rock ‘n’ roller, though more one from the ‘60s than one born in 1981. The music of the classic rock era is my heartbeat and what got me into this insanity. -KM

I heard that you and your guitar have a pretty serious relationship going on. Exactly how long have you had that same guitar, and what’s the best story you’ve got involving you and the instrument?

I’ve had “Blue” my PRS McCarty since 2001. It took my entire summer wages plus some birthday and Christmas money to pay for it, but it was worth it. It was the first real instrument I ever owned and still my most used guitar. The best story is probably how she got the first nick of many. When I was playing in my old band back home, I had the instrument for a few days and one of my bandmates somehow got startled by a dog bone left on the couch. He jumped and sort of flung the dog bone across the room and knocked a little nick out of the lacquer. In hindsight it wasn’t a bad thing, but after having saved up for so long and having waited for months, I wanted to kill him. However, after it happened I really started digging the guitar and developed the rapport I have with it. -KM

I heard you’re an Alabama college football fan, which is COMPLETELY alright in my book! Have you ever had the chance to see a game played at Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium? If so, you’re damn lucky, but more importantly what are the odds you can hook me up with some tickets on the next go-around?

Actually, I have season tickets, so let me know when you are down here and you have a seat. Bryant-Denny is one of sports’ greatest cathedrals and a must-see on game day for any serious sports fan. In fact, Tuscaloosa as a whole on game day is quite the experience, with all of the great food, the quad, the elephant stomp, the Bryant Museum and the Walk of Champions, I feel everyone should go to at least one ‘Bama football game. –KM

Keith Moody will perform on Saturday, Nov. 3 at South Park Tavern, 1301 Wayne Ave. Also on the bill are Giant Steps. Doors at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 for all ages. For more information, visit keithmoody.com.

 Reach DCP intern and freelance writer Zach Rogers at ZachRogers@daytoncitypaper.com

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