Dallas Moore’s The Rain

One of the hardest working musicians in honky-tonk didn’t let 2020 slow him down. Following up 2019’s
Tryin’ To Be A Blessing, outlaw country singer Dallas Moore releases his new record, The Rain, on April 9th. Written during his pandemic lull in touring, Dallas found inspiration came easy “All of a sudden, eleven songs poured out in a three-week span. That makes The Rain different from anything I’ve ever done after all these years of constant touring,” Moore recently told The Boot.

Recorded at Nashville’s OmniSound Studios with producer Dean Miller, Moore’s “Honky Tonk Dream Team Band” consisted of guitarists Chuck Morpurgo, Tim Galloway and Guthrie Trapp, Jenee Fleenor on fiddle, Chad Cromwell on drums, Steve Hinson on pedal steel and dobro, Gordon Mote on piano and organ, Lex Price on bass, Sweepy Walker on harmonica and Perry Coleman on backing vocals.

“The Rain” opens the record as a high energy bar room boot scootin burner “Take me as I am my dear, and i’ll take you far away from here, and live that life we live out in our dreams.” The bounce of the bass with the soar of the fiddles and pedal steel are sure to get listeners moving, longing to get back on the dance floors.

Mr. Honky Tonk’s country growl anchors “Every night I Burn Another Honky Down,” sure to be another dance floor request in the making, playfully reflecting his nightly routine of his over 300 shows a year for the past decade.

The opening acoustic strum and warm pedal steep drops on the reflective “Better Days” puts a positive outlook on the trying times we’ve all found ourselves, “Some folks dream of yesterday, some folks think it’s gone away, some folks think we’ll see a brighter day…But i’m going to keep on keeping on, and i’ll die with my boots on. And i’m proud of this family i’ve raised.”

“Locked Down and Loaded,” finds Dallas searching for answers, while the warmth of “Ride Down By The River” seems to answer those questions. “California Highway,” a countryfied Glen Campbell vibe will be stuck on repeat, having you longing for summer road trips. As you ride “On Through the Night,” pray to “Blue Jean Jesus,” and find yourself with a lump in your throat on the beautiful “In My Last Days,” this record proves inspiration comes when least expected.

The Rain brings the positive, fun, honky tonk vibe most country fans are longing for after a year like 2020. As a kid, whenever it was raining and the sun was out, we would repeat an old saying that it means, “God was crying.” Dallas Moore’s The Rain feels like a warm summer rain with the sun peaking through, but this time God is smiling.

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Mark Lennon

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Mark, TJ's Managing Editor, helped build TJ Music from the ground up. From growing up in North Carolina to hiking the streets in Los Angeles, Mark now calls beautiful Buffalo, NY home. A true fan of classic country sounds, bluegrass and rock and roll.
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