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.
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.
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.
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 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.