Though R. Stevie Moore’s upcoming performance at Exit/In won’t be the first time he’s rocked Nashville, it will likely be the most monumental of his local appearances. Backed by the young Brooklyn garage band Tropical Ooze, the iconic lo-fi legend and “former ex-Nashvillian,” as our own Steve Haruch recently described him, is blazing through Music City on his inaugural tour — despite having issued his debut Phonography during the Ford administration.
Indeed, after three decades spent writing and refining the DIY playbook — Moore has self-released over 400 albums through his eponymous Cassette Club, most from a single bedroom apartment in Montclair, N.J. — the son of an Elvis sideman is hitting the road with a documentary film crew “in the hopes of getting picked up by a label and never having to Kickstart again.” I think we’re supposed to laugh at Moore’s statement of purpose here (his legend has in part been enhanced by the industry’s consistent refusal to grant him the credit he’s due), but not without a tacit acknowledgment of his influence, which this pioneering army of one rightly holds close to his chest. This night will be bizarre, comedic and perhaps never repeated — don’t miss it. Tropical Ooze and locals Action! open.