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September 18, 2008

Rising country act shoots CMT video on local farm

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If you should happen to turn on CMT sometime in the near future and see scenery that looks like Pulaski County, it may very well be just that.

Moore & Preston, a rising act in the world of country music, are getting noticed more and more. Their songs, like “Guitar Man,” are getting more and more play on the airwaves. And in a couple of weeks, they’ll be opening right here in Somerset for chart-topping band Exile.

But that won’t be the first time Moore & Preston have been in town: The group filmed their soon-to-be-aired music video on the farm of Russell Bastin located just off Ky. 39.

Moore, from Beattyville, Ky., teamed up with John Preston, an Ohio native with eastern Kentucky roots, to form — what else? — Moore & Preston, which released its album “On the Border” last year. The sound of the band is what Moore describes as a thoroughly modern mix of country and rock sounds, born out of the eclectic radio line-up he listened to as a kid.

“Before XM, you couldn’t really pick up a lot of stations,” said Moore. “I grew up listening to the radio (and) could pick up a little station out of Jackson that just played all kinds of different things. It might be the Rolling Stones, Loretta Lynn, Creedence Clearwater Revival — I didn’t get locked into one influence.”

Moore & Preston took that wide appreciation of different sounds and used it to blend styles. Moore describes radio favorite “Guitar Man” as “really bringing the electric guitar to the front,” and the track “Moonshine” has a “really good twin guitar attack on it.” There’s also slower songs with acoustic bass and “a nice harmony,” as Moore puts it.

“You can cover a lot of bases and still be able to retain the country label, which I think is a good thing,” said Moore.

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