• Update, October 28, 1999

    Red Moore's New CD is available. Red Moore and the Rhythm Drifters present a great selection of remastered Red early recordings. The CD, "50's and 60's Rockabilly and Country Sounds," kicks off with the legendary track penned by Red, "Crawdad Song." That cut alone is worth getting this disc. The remaining tracks are country flavored vintage Red Moore. Contact: or Red Moore, 17237 N. Hwy 71, Mountainburg, AR 72946. The Rockabilly Hall of Fame has a few copies available, but for airplay, review or distribution purposes only! Contact


    I was born in Fort Madison, Iowa on Sept. 24, 1933. During the dust bowl and the great depression, the good old days. The oldest of two sisters and a brother, we grew up with what is now called country music. I remember the first song that got me hooked laying on the floor in the thirties listening to Gene Autry sing "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" and Bob Wills "San Antonio Rose" were my favorites, I liked them all and spent most of my paper route money on a record player and records. I couldn't make up my mind between Hank Williams, Hank Snow and Ernest Tubb until Lefty Frizzle came along. I played the honky tonks in the fifties and though I was really in hillbilly heaven when I cut my record "The Crawdad Song" and got booked on a show with Ernest Tubbs, Skeeter Davis and Buddie Emmons on steel guitar.

    I took my record to Nashville in hopes of getting it played on the WSM all night show and remember Ralph Emery telling me it was a good record but would never do anything because I was outside the Nashville circle and didn't have big backing, a lot like it is now days for the old timers who were in the circle back then. I took the record to Calif, to pass around and got a ticket for drag racing in Los Angeles. I was staying in San Diego at the time and went back to L.A. a couple weeks early to find out what my fine would be when I had my hearing. The Judge said you are having your hearing, one hundred dollars or thirty days in jail. When I never came out of the court house, my bass player who was waiting in the car came looking for me and was told that I was locked up. My folks and Western Union came through for me just as they were getting ready to transfer us to the county jail. Several hours under the back seat window and the hot California sun did a job on the stack of Crawdad song records that was tossed there making them more rare than they would have been.

    In the early sixties I started a honky tonk joint called the Colt 45 (complete with swinging doors and all in Keokuk, Iowa where I had played in and around for years. To say it was a swinging place would be putting it mild. Country and rockabilly was getting big and the most popular music around and we played to overflowing crowds. A minor was served one night when I was gone and the place got closed down. An act that probably saved my life or at least prolonged it. I had a different band and we booked into the Western Club in Gulfport, Illinois for two weeks and was still there eight and one half years later. I met my wife and best friend of thirty five years there and have been together ever since.

    The club booked in a country music name every couple of weeks and we got to play and meet most all of the old timers of today and yesterday. After the big success of a benefit we played in Montrose, Iowa (where I was living at the time) with the help of the great Marvin Rainwater, the Chamber of Commerce asked if I would put together a country music show for the town. I got two of my old favorites, Lefty Frizzell and Carl Smith booked and Lefty later told me that I had got him out of retirement and got him started again. Sadly he cut a couple more records and passed away. We got to book in the club another favorite of mine, George Morgan before he passed away. I always thought that he was under rated. The club got to be the stopping off place for the country stars and we played to a packed house as no one knew who might stop by and sit in. Dave Dudley being an example and big thrill for one.


    Other Than the ones I've already mentioned, I'm glad I got to play with or meet some of the great entertainers such as Johnny Paycheck, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and Don Rich, Ray Price, Kenny Price, friend Jack Barlow, Little Jimmy Dickens, Bobby Bare, Del Reeve, Tommy Collins, Autry Inman, Billy Gramer, Cousin Jody Wynn Stewart, Freddie Hart, Gene Autry, Cal Smith, Curly Chalker, Portor Wagner, Hank Snow, Hank Locklin, Jeannie Shepard, George Riddle, Cody Bearpaw, Billy Walker, Tex Ritter and dozens of others. Wish I could have met Hank Williams, Bob Wills and George Jones.

    Mom is still a big fan of the rockabilly and country old timers as I am. I wold like to thank guys like Steve Kelemen, Thomas Sims and Peter from Germany for bringing back and keeping my music alive after all these years and Bob Timmers for my induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. I Don't know if I'd want to do it all over again, but like they say now days, it was a trip.


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