Setting the Mood

| March 23, 2011
Dave Moody

Dave Moody

Dave Moody has made a name for himself locally as the bass player of Jefferson Tarc Bus, a popular rock band. But what most people don’t know about the 6-foot-5 musician is that he’s been Billy Ray Cyrus’ bassist for several years.

Moody recently returned from the first leg of the 2011 tour, which went successfully, he said.  “Everybody was glad to see Billy Ray getting back to doing what he does,” Moody said of the recent performances. “He’s very excited to be back and so are we.”

In May, they’ll head back out on the road and then possibly overseas in the summer or early fall. For now, Moody is sticking close to home, though he’s as busy as ever. Still, the gentle giant (“I’m a Sasquatch, really”) sat down with us for a bit to answer a few questions about life on the road and his love for Louisville.

Dave MoodyYou’re awfully busy and travel a lot, which means leaving your wife home alone. How do you make that work in your relationship?

She’s awesome, man. I don’t know anybody on the planet who could put up with me for as long as she has. She’s special. It’s hard to put into words and find the proper adjectives to describe what she is. She’s awesome. I’ve never seen a woman be able to take what it is that I do and say, “Oh, well. Whatever.” She handles everything in a graceful manner. She’s breezy. … She definitely greases the wheel. She handles it all effortlessly. I’m lucky to have her.

How are things going with Jefferson Tarc Bus, which features you and your fellow musicians Jack Brizendine, Wyndell Williams and Steven O’Reilly?

I’ve never been more proud of the band or the guys in the band than I am now. It’s the healthiest we’ve ever been. We genuinely get along, and we have a great time. We continue to move in a forward direction. … The band has really hit its stride. … A lot of what we do – from the standpoint of knowing that we’re blessed and grateful – we donate a lot of time (to charity endeavors). We step up in any situation and we’re more than happy to do something like that. We feel that’s our responsibility because even though times are tough and money is tight, we have such a loyal fan base. I just want to thank our fans for their support and let them know we’re going to be there for them as much as they are for us.

Billy Ray Cyrus and Dave Moody

Billy Ray Cyrus and Dave Moody

What’s your favorite Billy Ray Cyrus song?

Man, there’s so many. It’s hard for me to pick just one. I like “Burn Down the Trailer Park.” His new songs are fantastic. He has a new album (“I’m American”) that’s all military songs. He has one song called “I’m American.” It is a balls-out rock ‘n’ roll song. It literally is.  … He’s fired up more so than I’ve seen him in a really long time. He’s in a really good place now.

What else are you up to?

I’m doing an original project with Todd Whitener of Days of the New and Tantric. Todd is an exceptional, exceptional writer and an incredible talent. Keep an ear out for us. I’m very excited about that. (Laughs) I do have too many things going on, don’t I? But I juggle them all pretty well.

You could live anywhere – particularly closer to Billy Ray – yet you choose to remain in the River City. Why?

I absolutely love Louisville, Kentucky. It is my favorite place on the whole planet. There’s truly no better place than Louisville. It is the most awesome city. My family is here. My friends are here. People are kind. People are nice. People are willing to lend a hand. I’m grateful I was put here. I’m two hours from anywhere. I won’t see a better place than Louisville. I never have, I never will. I genuinely do love this city.

Where can people find out more information about you and Jefferson Tarc Bus?

Facebook. Look us up on Facebook. We’re playing at Steinert’s in New Albany this weekend. Steve Clark, our former lead singer, is going to be singing with us because Jack Brizendine is getting married. We’re also playing down at the Derby Festival Chow Wagon on April 29 at 8 p.m.

Dave Moody Q&A

Family: Wife Mary Moody; a 10-year-old black lab named Dot; a “12 or 13-year-old Hurricane Katrina rescue,” Bonnie, an English pointer; and a black lab shepherd mix named Conway Twitty, 4. “He’s our special dog. He’s very, very special, if you know what I mean.”

Residence: We live in Bullitt County just outside of the city-county line, but I live in Louisville, too.

Out ‘n’ About: I love most places that we play in. Phoenix Hill, Ri Ra Irish Pub in Fourth Street Live, Louisville Billiard Club, Dutch’s Tavern, Golden Nugget, Texas Roadhouse, Outback, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Taco Bell. Subway, of course, is always great. We like your standards. Every now and then we’ll do the Ruth’s Chris or Jeff Ruby’s, but a steak’s a steak. Throw it on there and let’s eat it.

Movie: “The Rite.” Me and the wife like movies about the devil and serial killers. It’s just interesting, man. We like to have the crap scared out of us. Especially serial killers. I’m like, wow man, these guys are crazy. It’s just interesting how their minds work. We also saw “The Social Network.”

iPhone Apps: I’m so old, I have to get my wife to show me how to work certain things on my iPhone,  but I’ve got a few apps. I’ve got Madden, Angry Birds, ABC News, Miss Pac-Man. I’ve got Frogger on there, Steeler Nation, Facebook.

Tune In: I’m old – but I’m informed. I don’t listen to radio anymore, but I do  listen to Terry Meiners and Mandy Connell (on 84WHAS). I just listen to people who will talk to me because they’re the only ones who talk to me (laughs). I really like Terry. At the end of the day, that’s what I want people to understand about me, too. I actually care about the community. I want people to do good. I want people to succeed. That’s how Terry is. And he also makes you laugh. He’s so silly.

Music: I’m all over the board. I go from Johnny Cash to Slayer to Frank Sinatra to KISS to Kris Kristofferson to Waylon Jennings to Willie Nelson. I love the Beastie Boys, Iron Maiden, Bruce Springsteen is on there, Asia, the Bee Gees, Billy Squire. Billy Ray (Cyrus). He’s my boss. I’ve gotta listen to him! David Lee Roth, The Doors, Dropkick Murphys, Faster Pussycat, Hank Williams Jr., Huey Lewis and the News, Judas Priest, LL Cool J, Men at Work, Night Ranger, Neil Diamond, Ozzy Osbourne, Queensryche, Quiet Riot.

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Angie Fenton
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.

Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.

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  1. Dawn Brownell says:

    Thanks for the great article on Dave Moody. He’s an awesome musician and has been a great addition to Billy Ray Cyrus’ band! Can’t wait to see you on “The Trail:, Dave!!

  2. Gail B. says:

    Dave, great that you like being with BRC and SlyDog because we love seeing/hearing you. Also, loved what you said about your wife. You are a great musician and are fun to watch…stay with us…

  3. Barb says:

    Great interview Dave.Good to see a happy man doing what he loves to do.I love your musical choices as I am all over the chart with my preferences,too.Yours sound a lot like mine.So happy that you and the Dawgs are back on the road with Billy Ray and sure hope to see you guys some where along the trail.Keep on rockin”

  4. Tammy Duddy says:

    Great article Dave!!! We all love you :)

  5. Deeno says:

    Dave Moody is one of the coolest guys I know. he is an awesome preformer and all around good guy. His lovely wife is a sweet as they get and Dave is a blessed guy. We catch as many local gigs as we can and had a blast the past couple of years in the Bud Tent at the KY state fair. We’ve yet to catch a Billy Ray show but hope to this year… Props to Dave Moody doing what he does and all the joy he brings into peoples lives day in and day out! Glad to call Dave and Mary Moody friends!! Deeno

  6. Shirley says:

    I love this article about Dave. Was lucky to see him a week or so ago in Fla when he took time from his band to perform with Billy Ray Cyrus. I enjoy seeing him perform. Hey Dave hope to see you lots more this year out on the tour with Billy Ray.

  7. Barb says:

    Good job,Angie.I loved your interview with Dave.You sound like you are a fan now,too.I can’t blame you one bit.Dave rocks!!

  8. Dhana says:

    Nice interview.One thing Dave failed to mention is he has been know to give lessons also when he has time.He is teaching my 17 year old son(Bret). Dave is very modest but the heart he has put in to teaching my son guitar is amazing.Bret not only gets great lessons but Dave has been a mentor. Inspiring our youth is something to truly be proud of. For such a busy man to find time for a young man who has the same love for music is a gift. We are greatful and glad to see Dave living out his dreams!

  9. Charma says:

    Thanks for this article about Dave Moody. I was able to meet Dave & Mary at one of Billy Ray’s shows, and they are very nice and a beautiful couple. I have seen Dave perform with Billy Ray and Slydog many times and enjoy his performance. He is a very talented musician and has a great smile. It is great to hear that Dave will be touring with Billy Ray this year.

  10. randell says:

    i have been fortunate enough to know dave for many years, and seeing him realize his dream of being a professional musician is awesome! i hope he stays in louisville for many more years because we really enjoy seeing him play with his friends here too. keep up the good work dave……..see you at the hill!

  11. Dana Lane says:

    It’s awesome to see Dave getting the attention he deserves! {Not that he’s ever hurting for attention! ;) } I’ve known him now for around 13 years, and he’s always been a laid back, cool as hell dude. If you don’t know him, you should!

    p.s. So psyched that you used my photo (the second one!) in your article!

  12. Jill Corbin says:

    Great interview Dave.we love him and his lovely wife they really have a kindred spirit.that is why we are and always will be there biggest fans.Love you guy’s.congratulations Dave.

  13. Jay says:

    There’s a lot that can be said about Dave Moody. I met him in ’99 playing as the bassist for a band called Two Pump Chump. We used to pair up with his band “White Noise” at the time (stil have the CD) and smash out the local scene as much as we could. I watched him play for such bands with names like “Raising Einstien” and of course our local fav JTB. Dave is very geniune as a musician and as a person, once you get to know him. Dave is the one that taught me to play every note like it was my last… and I still do… Or at least try to. ;o) I have him to thank for that. I am so glad to see he is still doing well and continue to enjoy watching his success grow. Rock on Dave! Jason Eldridge

  14. Ken says:

    Dave u rock!

  15. Mark Gunn says:

    I had the chance to sit in with Dave and the JTB last year at a local drinking establishment and it brought back very positive memories of my time as a perfomer ! Hope to do it again sometime soon !
    When you love what you do for a living you never work a single day of your life. Dave is one of those rare individuals that can honestly say that.

  16. Mike S says:

    back in the day Dave used to come out to the karaoke @ JT’s and sing Frank’s “The Lady Is A Tramp”

  17. carlisle says:

    Great article Angie! Dave rocks…no mention of Zoo Kings tho!

  18. Great interview, Angie! Dave is a really great guy. Fun to watch on stage, fun to hang around and chat with, and an entertaining, if slightly unorthodox, guitar instructor.

    Keep shining the light on our fine local musicians!

  19. Heath says:

    I am thrilled to see Dave get the recognition he deserves so much. I went to high school with him and have really enjoyed watching him tranform from a basketball player in bicycle shorts to the man he is today. No question he will always be a reference to my children about following your dreams and perserverance. Definitely a common man destined to do uncommon feats. U go bro!