Ron & Bill Moore

Lo And Behold PRP 1969
Rare prehistoric folk artifact from Ron and brother Bill looking fresh out of high school (or perhaps still in high school). Surprisingly this is quite listenable even though it's mostly cover songs with a propensity for Simon and Garfunkel, as well as 'Get Together', 'Hymn', 'Look To Your Soul', etc. Four originals: 'Buffalo', 'Think of You', 'I'm Nothing I'm Nobody' and 'Simple'. Backing the two guitarists are Jimmy Boyle on organ, Roger Hughes on drums, and Alan Moore (another brother) on bass and additional guitar. Ron's Airborn label co-head Ed Kilbourne also had a slew of albums on this label. KS

Wilmore Airborn 1971

Airborne Airborn 1973
Wilmore is a simple and straightforward acoustic album with that essential long-haired feel. At times the trio of Ron Moore, Doug Southworth, and Roger Hughes recalls the stark yet beautiful sound of early Bruce Cockburn, at other times the easy-flowing hippie folkrock of Wilson McKinley. Resonant acoustic guitars, phased electric, piano, light organ, and simple percussion all combine to achieve a definite highpoint for the style. Airborne is equally good, sticking more or less in the same format despite a personnel switch which now includes Ron's wife Kerry, Ed Kilbourne, and Mark Heard. Both these were re-issued in 1979 on Hartsong, but only these originals have the large fold-out lyric inserts. KS

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Silence Is Music Airborn 1975
Another homemade lp from acoustic rocker, receiving more exposure than the others by being picked up on the Creative Sound label. Whereas his Wilmore debut was folkier and guitar- dominated, the piano is prominent on Silence Is Music. Assisted by the usual Airborn cohorts Alan Moore and Scott Roley, Ron and crew concoct a rather gentle mix of ballads and light pop numbers for this outing. The choppy acoustic/country of 'Seek His Kingdom' (recalling Neil Young's 'Heart of Gold') and the blaring folkrock of 'Don't Scorn You Eyes' are exceptions. KS

Death Defying Leap Airborn 1978
Seems like the male solo albums can be the hardest to describe. Ron covers a variety of styles on this one, playing acoustic and electric guitars, piano, bass, percussion, synthesizer, and harmonica. There are a few ballads but overall the tunes are peppier than on Silence Is Music, such as 'Surfin' All Day', 'Old Mother Winter', and 'Rationalizer'. There are elements of folk, rock, pop, and country in here. Lots of players involved including Mark Heard on vocals and Pat Tarry on lead guitar and vocals. A couple of tunes from Silence Is Music are re-done. 'Angel War' is an excellent uptempo acoustic instrumental. Interesting cover illustration of Ron in colorful samurai garb. KS