By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – The Emporium Stage in downtown Woodville is hosting country singer/songwriter Randy C. Moore, who has become a regular at the venue.
Moore will perform on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. The gig is being dubbed the “Woodville Winter Holiday,” and he will be joined by local singer/guitarist “Wild Bill” Spurlock. Spurlock, the namesake proprietor of Wild Bill’s Grill in Woodville, hosts Moore frequently at his restaurant.
Moore, who is based in Lufkin, identifies as a country artist, but his sound and tastes come from a variety of places.
A veteran of the music industry and Nashville, Moore can rattle off seemingly esoteric facts about everyone from Neil Young and U2 to the late, great Carl Perkins, in a way that makes for fascinating storytelling.
Onstage, Moore can impersonate several artists, including Johnny Cash, vocally, and he covers songs from a variety of sources, but at the end of the day, Moore’s own sound is tempered with a warm, friendly vocal cadence and an intimate identification with the songs – whether they came from his pen or others’.
“An artist is someone who takes something that feels right for them and can deliver it to an audience,” he said.
Since he relocated to Texas, he and his wife used the pandemic-stricken year of 2020 as a time to resettle and move, or “Texas-ize,” as he calls it.
He released a couple of albums, Lufkin and Hwy. 59, since moving back to Texas, both of which are filled to the brim with his heartfelt lyrics and inescapable melodies. Such songs as “I Sold a Lot of Beer” and “Big in Texas” have gotten radio play.
His latest project Luckenbach, has received critical acclaim and radio play, both home and abroad. Along with his streak of recording projects and steady schedule of live gigs to keep him busy working, Moore was recently inducted into the European Country Music Hall of Fame, alongside fellow American act and pop country superstar Carrie Underwood.
Tickets are $25 for reserved seats and general admission is $20. For tickets and other inquiries, call 409-283-3822 or 409-200-4759.