By Corrie Glanville
After years as a musician and songwriter, Alabama native Chauncey Moore embarked on a solo career as a singer in 2008 and took on the coveted role of Music Director of The Lyric Stage Company’s production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill last April. Come out to see this thrillingly talented performer as he accompanies Robbie McCauley in Sugar.
After seeing Robbie McCauley perform in 1979, musician/composer Ed Montgomery approached her about collaborating. The Sedition Ensemble, with its unique blend of performance and politics, was born. Check out one of their original performances, Congo New York, taped by Portland PBS in 1988 here, and their “Digression on Triangles” here.
In Sugar, Robbie McCauley reflects on the musical influences in her life including the Rolling Stones’ 1965 hit “Satisfaction”. Originally rejected by mainstream radio stations for its suggestive lyrics, the song was covered by Otis Redding for his album Otis Blues in the same year. Redding admitted he didn’t know the lyrics that well and chose to make some of them up on his version. Along with covers of Sam Cooke and B.B. King, Redding also included an original, “Respect,” which went on to be the signature song of Aretha Franklin.