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Winter Park / Live Music: One Moore Time for One Time

by Cyndi McCoy
Winter Park, Colorado

Through the face of great adversity, Grand County band One Time continues to entertain a growing fanbase.

More than a year has passed since the band lost keyboardist Craig Thompson to cancer. But members continue to rock on with him in their hearts and have found a new member to help fill the void.

Andy Moore, who plays electric guitar, now joins the ranks on stage as of this past July. Along with guitarist Matt Holliday, bassist Tom Camillo and rhythm guitarist Chris “Willy Williamson,” they offer what Williamson calls a three-guitar assault with Ian Morlock on drums.

“We are still working hard to deal with the loss of our dear friend, but the music has taken a more passionate turn and the band is tighter than ever,” Morlock said. The last five years, he said, have been the “real work years,” but that they “just rock harder these days.”

Their music is Southern-rock and jam oriented, incorporating anything from classic Johnny Cash to Snoop Dogg and favorites by Widespread Panic.

“It’s a real comfortable fit,” Moore said. “I’m glad that they opened up their band to me. They’re all really great musicians.”

Moore’s musical passion was fired up listening to his sister play Grateful Dead songs in their Indiana home. He also gains inspiration from the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, “and skiing powder.” (In fact, as long as his playing can accommodate his skiing, he’s pretty good to go, he said.)

His dad, stepdad and an uncle played guitar but “the Dead” was the first guitar band that really caught Moore’s attention. Soon after, Andy took lessons from several different teachers. Later on, he honed his skills at Indiana University and studied audio recording.

With a jam style all his own, reflecting a bit of his blues background, Moore started playing with Williamson during open mic night at the Crooked Creek Saloon. And while One Time was out guitarist Matt Holliday who was a ranch guide this summer in Meeker, the band became what Williamson jokes was “One Moore Time.”

“Andy adds a mellow rock tone that just fits well with what we are doing right now,” Morlock said. “He has a unique style that just fits. He is super talented and loves his guitar.”

Moore has also played with bands Filthy Mustache and Space Heater and the One Time band has played almost 50 shows this year (including at the New Orleans Jazz Festival). Performances opening for Bonorama at the Fox Theatre in Boulder and recently in Keystone were particularly memorable for Moore.

The band, which has been together since 2001, has about three new pieces they plan to showcase. Moore estimates he has about four or five originals he is working on. His favorites to play are Willy’s “Cinnamon Breeze” and “Jack and Jill.”

“Their style lends themselves to my kind of playing,” he said of the songs.

As always, their shows and their tunes encourage people to “just have a good time.”

“After all,” Morlock said, “there always is a surprise or two at a One Time show.”

On a side note, the band will be joined by several other local musicians for Craigstock West in the Denver area Nov. 9. Participants include Jed Henry, Stereomaid, Hunker Down, Jake Royall and the Empty Suits. Proceeds go toward a National Gene Test Fund to help fight cancer.

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