Bill Moore

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Not to be confused with big names in R&B such as Wild Bill Moore, this chap is the author of a book on Ampeg amplifiers, a high-school English teacher, and a former bassist with a blues band that competed…
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Not to be confused with big names in R&B such as Wild Bill Moore, this chap is the author of a book on Ampeg amplifiers, a high-school English teacher, and a former bassist with a blues band that competed in the International Blues Talent Competition in Memphis in the late '90s. If anyone is "wild" in his family, it would most likely be his ex-wife, writer Liz Seymour, one of the spiritual heads of a radical dumpster-diving movement in Greensboro, NC. That town is also the home base of the Blue Smoke Blues Band, a combo Moore wound up joining after judging it in a blues contest circa 1997.

Not to blow smoke in the group's face, blue or any other color, but the name Blue Smoke Blues Band is also being puffed on by several other R&B outfits in Virginia and Mississippi. Moore's reputation on the music scene hardly rests on his involvement with this band, in which he was eventually replaced by Mark Ridge. Many musicians whose electric guitar cables may just as well be connected to their belly buttons know Moore from the book Ampeg: The Story Behind the Sound, co-written with Greg Hopkins and published by Hal Leonard in 1999.