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Big George Moody

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  1. Thecaliforniakidd

    Thecaliforniakidd

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    IN THE 1980'S I was living in Moose Jaw I worked at the Royal Hotel. I WAS A TRANSPLANT from California. Thus the stage Name The"Californiakidd". I DID ALL THE jams in Moose jaw and played out anywhere and every where I could.Havibg Cerebral Palsy was not a great calling card to get hired in a band lol but Moose jaw was good to me .Big George was one of the most amazing guitar players I knew and taught me so much about loving life and not sweating life. Most oeople didnt know that Big George also played fiddle and raised with lenny Breau ( lonepine). GEORGE WASNT impressed with fame but knew who and what he was.he without knowing it gave me and a few others a mentor to learn not how tobe flashy but to be entertaining and make everything that you did flow easy. HE NEVER BRAGGED HE JUST SHOWED YOU LOL. Many times I would get muscle spasms because of the cold weather while playing and George would take over the playing and I would just sing.
    He was my Hero as he was to redd Volkert.GEORGE got us started in long careers. Thanks George!
     
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  2. guitarman2

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    I brought this up a few years ago on the Telecaster forum and started a conversation there with Redd Volkaert, reminiscing.
    Unfortunately my time with George Moody was short.
    I was travelling alot out West with bands in the mid 80's when, while playing the town of Swift Current Saskatechewan, where George was living at the time. He got up and played with us at the Big I (think it was called the Imperial). I'd shoot some fancy licks over then he'd counter with much more. Wasn't a style he couldn't play. He invited me to jam at his studio and that was where I spent most of my week. There was another local young guy at this jam that he was mentoring We'd play and jam for about 3 to 4 hours a day then he'd abruptly say "I'm tired, time to wrap it up". I think at the time he had to be about 90. I only had that one week with him as well as a couple other visits when I passed through but he impressed me with lessons for a life time. He really seemed to enjoy mentoring and showing to those who took interest.

    My thread on the Telecaster forum: Big George Moody



     
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  3. High/Deaf

    High/Deaf Gold Member

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    Growing up less than an hour from Speedy Creek in the late 70's, Big George was well known to us. Amazing player and amazing guy. Made me realize how much talent was out there, when a guy like him settled into a city the size of SC.

    One of the young guys he mentored was from my home town, a great player named Dave Gunn. He really got that thumb and finger picking thing nailed. Wished I woulda pursued that style, but I was already so locked into a flat-pick. Years later, I did evolve to hybrid picking, but I think back to what those guys could do and just cry.

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane, @Thecaliforniakidd !
     
  4. Crystal M. Dunlop

    Crystal M. Dunlop

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    I have been researching George Moody for some time now considering I have two children with and married to one of his daughters son! His son Ralph has big talent as well...I remeber many nights listening to him and his buddies jam! Its very exciting to tell your children that your great grandfather was such an amazing talented man! So glad I came across this form! They also have one on my side...their 6th great grandfather George Catlin...well known for his Indian paintings, but thats not for here! Please keep the stories coming and thank you so very very much on keeping his memory alive and well!
     
  5. guitarman2

    guitarman2 Gold Member

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    I wish I had more stories to tell. I feel fortunate just to have the time with George that I did.
     
  6. Rozz

    Rozz Gold Member

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    Cool thread. I have never heard of him, but he has a really interesting style; great player. Thx.
     
  7. Carl Stretton

    Carl Stretton

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    Hey People, I'm new to this forum. The reason I joined is that someone gave me a cassette tape of George Moody titled "1979 Basement Recording", about 45 min of George playing with a band. No idea where or who he's playing with but there 's some great singing and guitar work. I've been cleaning and mastering it. Then what? Is there anyone out there that wants to hear it? I'm not sure where to go with it... I am going to make a CD and have MP3s posted for listening somewhere. Any interest? Hit me up! Thx
     
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    Carl Stretton

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  9. guitarman2

    guitarman2 Gold Member

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    I would love to hear George Moodys playing. Would bring back some good memories as I got to jam with him every day for a week up in Swift Current Saskatchewan back in the 80's.
     
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  10. Carl Stretton

    Carl Stretton

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    I'm new to this forum. The reason I joined is that someone gave me a cassette tape of George Moody titled "1979 Basement Recording", about 45 min of George playing with a band. No idea where or who he's playing with but there 's some great singing and guitar work. I've been cleaning and mastering it. Then what? Is there anyone out there that wants to hear it? I'm not sure where to go with it... I am going to make a CD and have MP3s posted for listening somewhere. Any interest? Hit me up! Contact Carl Stretton on Facebook! Thx
     

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