about the music

"I keep looking for you in my old guitar strings..."

Anita performs indie-folk/country with wide-ranging vocals and a classic yet unique, intimate and heart-warming song-writing style.

She writes music born of her experience, desires, candle-lit darkness, nature and dreams, inspired by folk, classic country, jazz and blues.  Her voice is tangy and sweet; it comforts and can also bring you tears.  

β€œMusic saved my life and lifted me above abuse. I want to show the world, or at least my little world, that you can survive abuse and oppression and still come out with a smile and a story from which you learned invaluable lessons.”  

For Bookings: anitalorrainemusic@gmail.com

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Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/c/AnitaLorraineMoore

(I often play with my dear friend Bruce Horvath (pictured above we were playing in Durham at a street festival!)

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Songwriter biography:  From Alamance County, (NC) Anita was born a singer. She sang in the backseat, the bathtub, choirs and churches and started writing poetry in middle school. Songwriting started sometime in 2003 after having been introduced to John Saylor who hosted the famous First Tuesday open-mic at the Cave in Chapel Hill, NC.  Years later in July 2008, Ransom Hobbes and I were singing jazz standards together and vowed to record an album because the moment was so magical.  The microphone was literally tied to a mic stand while fireworks were booming in the distance.  The music that came from his national resonator and our voices changed everything…  Unfortunately, we were never able to make good on that vow because only a few months later, we lost Ransom in a brutal murder and fire.  Out of sorrow, I wrote a song.  It was my first real song, the “Changin’ Time Blues”  It was a love song, inspired by Ransom and an old tune my Grandpa used to sing, “Walk Through This World With Me” by George Jones. Music tells a story. I used to record the radio onto tape cassettes so I wouldn’t miss any new music when I was young. All I can say now is that we need to all keep our ears and hearts open to new music, brave, live music.  ❀    

This is a speech I gave to the audience before playing a show for Paperhand Puppet Intervention in 2019:  

Performance arts are SACRED to me!!

Who has ever been scared to talk, sing, or play in front of people??

It can be SCARY to put yourself out there; I’m shaking in my boots every time I play.

One of my hero songwriters, Jonathan Byrd says even HE has fears about performing!!

It is natural, normal and totally okay to be afraid and to doubt yourself. 

We can all be courageous though, and shine our lights in BOLD and CREATIVE ways! 

As a songwriter, I look up to Jonathan Byrd… it’s hard not to, he’s 8 feet tall.  

For him to admit a primal fear on stage, in front of EVERYONE, is exactly how I see our world changing for the better.  

Sharing our vulnerabilities…

COURAGE to stand up for what’s right, even if we’re scared!

So SING and PLAY your hearts out!

Music saved my life.  It can save yours too.  

“Patsy Cline meets Nancy Sinatra but with more sass”

– Tom Woodbury (http://www.tomwoodbury.com/)

Let’s make some music together.

PROPS! Here is where I give props to my special friends and influences:

RANSOM – My favorite blues man, still singing amongst all his loving and remembering earth angels. RIP Love. http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/news-record/guestbook.aspx?n=william-hobbs&pid=117521198

John Saylor Songwriter extraordinaire, open-mic aficionado, major inspiration for me for many many years http://www.afterbucket.com/
Phil Cheney’s Beautiful and Awe-Inspiring Arts of Yore! Love!! http://www.dynamicartgallerie.com/

Tom Woodbury – It is a joyous pleasure to play music with him, I’m honored to know him.. and laugh, & play… Oh look! A Shiny thing! http://www.tomwoodbury.com/

C.C. and her beautiful, hilarious One-Woman Amazing Show! http://theccshow.org/

The Usta B’s – part of my family, Ant and LuLu helped me record my first demo CD! http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Usta-Bs/146474058700297?ref=pb

Todd takes perty pictures. πŸ™‚ http://www.photophile.com

Rorey Carroll – Her voice enraptures me. www.roreycarroll.com

Lipbone Redding! https://www.lipbone.com/

The Ralph Roddenberry Band – A treasure of delight, fun, and heart – gods and goddesses weep at the sound of your guitar. I wept too. http://www.ralphroddenbery.com

Baby Gramps – Magical Whimsical Down and Dirty Blues Man of the World – Talk about Wobble Wobble Head on a Ghost Train! http://www.babygramps.com

Crystal Bright and The Silver Hands – Mama’s playin’ the squeezebox and Daddy’s up ALL night www.crystalbrightandthesilverhands.com

Violet Bell – The amazing duo of Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez – https://www.lizzy.net/