The Moore Brothers of South Bend (SB) are fans, composers and performers of traditional acoustic and electric roots music. They specialize in blues, Americana and other traditional styles including hillbilly, gospel, ragtime and rockabilly.
The brothers’ acoustic blues music is the kind one might have heard in southern juke joints, dance halls and street corners in the years before World War II. Their electric repertoire includes blues, swing and R&B from Memphis, Chicago, Texas, the West Coast and all points between.
Tom and Dave have the distinction of performing directly with blues legends Yank Rachell, Pine Top Perkins, Barrelhouse Chuck, George Thomas and Abbe Lock during the late 1980s up to 1990. Family and career obligations took them away from music until 2012 and into 2013. The brothers began to build and rehearse their song list, performing occasionally. Currently, the Moore Brothers create traditional acoustic blues as a duo and work on a variety of projects related to the music they love.
Tom Moore has been a mainstay of the South Bend area blues scene for more than 30 years. He is widely acknowledged in the Midwest as a strong vocalist and traditional blues harmonica player. Tom’s vocal repertoire includes hundreds of songs from a wide range of roots music genres.
Tom began his music career in the early 1980s after he moved to San Diego, California. He served as chauffeur, booking agent and emcee for local establishments, forming The Five Careless Lovers with area musicians. Along with The Bad Habit Horns, the group often served as the backing band for blues legends like Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Smokey Wilson, Big Joe Turner and Big Mama Thornton. Tom now makes occasional guest appearances with stellar bands and artists like San Diego’s The Paladins, Cleveland’s Blue Lunch Band, Cincinnati pianist Ricky Nye, La Porte Indiana’s Junior and The Igniters, Chicago’s Barrelhouse Chuck and Detroit area legends George Bedard and Steve Nardella.
Dave Moore’s electric guitar style comes from years of studying a variety of “old school” musical genres. Mainly influenced by traditional blues, Dave can inject elements of swing, rockabilly, soul and jazz into his playing. On acoustic guitar, Dave plays the finger-picking styles of such pre-war artists as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Big Bill Broonzy and Reverend Gary Davis.
Dave started performing in the late 1980s, sitting in on weekends with Peter Dames and his Rhythm Flames at the Ribs & Blues Club on South Bend’s west side. That band occasionally featured the great Eddie Taylor on guitar. Later, Dave joined brother Tom to form the first version of the Moore Brothers Band in 1987. Between 1986 and 1990, Dave performed from time to time with visiting blues artists including Barrelhouse Chuck, Big Time Sara, Pine Top Perkins, Abbe Locke and Yank Rachell.
In 2012-13 Dave rejoined brother Tom to form the Moore Brothers Band presented here. Dave recently filled in admirably for stellar guitarist Bob Frank with the Blue Lunch Band. Dave maintains a YouTube Channel (Old School Blues Guitar) where he presents free guitar lessons for both electric and acoustic blues music.