Who is R. Stevie Moore



He’s the best musician ever and of course he’s unknown. Are these things a coincidence?

Ariel Pink

Genius, seminal, lo-fi legend, grandfather of DIY music, cult icon: all are words frequently used to describe prolific American musician R. Stevie Moore. And yet after 40 years of making music and an output of more than 400 albums, he has consistently failed to gain mainstream success, instead becoming one of the icons of the alternative music scene.

Born on January 18th, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee, he is the oldest son of Bob Moore, veteran Nashville A-Team bassist and a long-time sideman for Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and many others. R. Stevie almost certainly inherited some of his musical talents from his father, but abandoned the country music scene, instead focusing on pursuing his own uncompromising aesthetic and sound, inspired by musicians such as Frank Zappa, The Beach Boys and The Beatles.

RSM's body of work epitomises diversity - a concept he vigorously preaches - and his music spans multiples genres including pure power-pop, post-punk, indie rock, electronic avant-garde and even hip-hop. For many years these were almost exclusively available on tape via mail order through his home-based label R. Stevie Moore Cassette Club, but the advent of the internet exposed his work to a new generation of fans.

He’s enjoyed critical acclaim from sources such as Rolling Stone magazine, Trouser Press and Wire Magazine and has gained a cult following, collaborating with Ariel Pink, Tim Burgess, The Vaccines, members of MGMT, XTC and many others. Despite his prolific musical output and influence on others, commercial success has eluded R. Stevie, making him one of the most overlooked composers, songwriters and performers of the past decades.