Blues rock singer and guitarist David M’ore says he is married to music. He treasures his collection of vintage guitars and amps like they’re his family and pays a premium to take them on the road with him wherever he goes. Now he’s taking his “family” to Calaveras County for a special performance at Howard’s Mystic Saloon in Avery.
The unique bar and music venue open during the pandemic and brought a steady stream of artists to the area with regular concerts, pool tournaments, comedy and open mics.
M’ore will perform at Howard’s Mystic Saloon on Saturday, March 26 beginning at 8:30 p.m. This will be M’ore’s first time to the area, although he has performed at venues like The Saloon and Boom Boom in San Francisco, Empress Theater in Vallejo, The Pocket in Santa Cruz and others throughout California. M’ore has spent his life traveling the world, touring Europe and South America extensively, and moving to a new country – twice.
M’ore was born in Argentina, lived in Brazil, and eventually came to the United States, where he lived in Sacramento and Los Angeles and is now settled in Marin County. With a mixed heritage of Armenian and Italian grandparents, then immigrating to Brazil and the United States, M’ore grew up surrounded by the sounds of the Italian, Castilian (Spanish), and Portuguese languages. Now he speaks English, but says he “could never get rid of my accent”.
Like his distinctive accent, M’ore says his music is “a bit like soup”, nuanced by the cultural influence of classical and flamenco music amid more obvious blues and rock themes. M’ore studied classical music at the National Conservatory of Music as a child and says he was able to “incorporate some of the classical music into rock” thanks to his unique style.
M’ore plays several guitars but his “number one” is a custom black Fender Stratocaster, or “Strat”, and he still uses vintage Marshall amps made in the 1960s. analog recording methods to achieve a more organic and “lively” sound, rather than the digital computer practices used by most artists today.
While M’ore’s true love may be playing the guitar, he also sings, with a gravelly voice he uses to make guttural, heartfelt calls over his wailing electric guitar in songs like “You Said You Love Me” and “Right Back On You”. .” M’ore’s most recent album, “Passion, Soul and Fire”, has received positive reviews from outlets such as National Rock Review and Nashville Music Newsamong others.
M’ore’s current project, an album yet to be released, has kept the musician busy in the studio since Covid put a halt to his touring and world travel. M’ore told the Enterprise that this new project may be his best yet, as recording at home has allowed him to take his time, sometimes deleting entire recordings and starting over until he get the perfect sound.
“Now when you have a whole year without touring…no gigs, no shows, and you can roll out of bed in your pajamas and walk into the studio and do it however you want…it’s a totally different experience. , “M’ore explained.
While the guitarist says he cherishes all the time spent with his guitar, M’ore also enjoys playing. At his next show in Avery he will be playing solo, although M’ore will perform with different musicians while touring different locations and doing studio recordings. Lately he has toured with Ray Manina on bass and Chris Greeney on drums. M’ore relies on their professionalism and ability to improvise during performances, saying “these guys are fearless”.
Audience connection and reading is essential for M’ore, who takes his job as a musician and artist very seriously. M’ore told the Enterprise that he defines success as when he hits that last note and knows he’s given the audience “1000% everything I have with passion, soul and fire. “. M’ore says the goal of every show is to give the audience everything they can, so that “they feel like they’ve never seen anything like this before.”
Chances are Calaveras County has never seen M’ore before. He is, after all, a twice South American immigrant from LA to the Bay Area transplant, classical/blues/hard rock guitarist, with long hair and the raspy voice of a smoker. two packs a day twice its size. In fact, M’ore is a rarity in many ways. Unlike some musicians, M’ore is sober and touts a life of discipline, which he says allows him to continue to “work in a positive direction” and set an example for others. He swims every day, doesn’t have a television, prefers to tape with vintage gear, and practices his guitar for five hours a day most days.
Additionally, M’ore devoted his life to music, rather than getting married or having children, and he found happiness and love in his work.
“One of the most beautiful things in life is when you do what you really love, what you really love doing,” M’ore said. “It’s been a very tough road…but I don’t regret it. I would do it again and I wouldn’t change my passion for music for something else.
Catch M’ore live Saturday, March 26 at Howard’s Mystic Saloon at 4529 CA-4 in Avery. The show starts at 8:30 p.m.