March 8, 2014
Fort Worth, TX USA
Review by Michael Insuaste
Photos by Donna Lynch
Ian Moore and The Lossy Coils
Ian Moore, Still Kicking That Ass!
The last time I saw Ian Moore was June 7th, 1996 at Deep Ellum Live in Dallas, TX. President Clinton was chasing intern skirts at the White House, the Sex Pistols announced their 20th anniversary tour and some Brit chicks called The Spice Girls were big news in America. It has been a long time since 1996, but one thing that has not changed is that Ian Moore is still kicking that ass!
At Lola's Saloon in west Fort Worth, Ian Moore and The Lossy Coils came out of the gates blazing with some new numbers that carried a Beatles-like vibe filled with thrills and a high beat melody. I'm not a big Ian Moore fan. He caught my attention in the mid-90's with some of his more commercial blues numbers, but I seem to have lost interest somewhere down the line. Even so, I can honestly say his new material shows a real improvement of his style and songwriting abilities. Unfortunately, I couldn't name any of his new songs if I tried. The first familiar tune I could name was "Harlem," a track from his 1993 debut LP, followed by "Let Me Out" another fan favorite from his 2011 LP Color Of The Blues.
As I stood there close to the stage watching the band play their hearts out to a small room of dedicated followers, I couldn't help but see and feel the intensity Ian and this band pour out, song by song. "Satisfied" is a great example of how Ian gives it 100%. Love that song!
There is no doubt Ian Moore is a fantastic musician. I cannot understand how he is so underrated. Something is wrong with the music business when an act this strong goes without notice for this long. I overheard a fan say, "Ian doesn't know how to handle success." But then again, how a musician handles success is different from one to another. Most fans cannot comprehend that thought!
As he began to wind down his set, he whipped out a Freddy King classic, "Me and My Guitar." That alone was worth price of admission. It was simply amazing. He then followed right into his biggest commercial success, "How Does It Feel?" The show wasn't over until he played another fan favorite, "Blue Sky," which I was told he played a bit differently from past tours.
It was a small crowd, but a huge performance. Ian Moore and the Lossy Coils played another great show for the books at world famous Lola's Saloon! Can't wait for them to come back and do it again!