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The Turner Moore Band

The Turner Moore Band is off to a serendipitous start. Four months ago, Danny Moore and Emily Turner met on a blind date. During their initial tête-à-tête, Turner mentioned that she had always wanted to learn to play bass. Moore happened to have an upright bass lying around.

The date was successful, and Turner turned out to be a natural bassist, and Moore a patient teacher.

"We started playing every night, and then the boys joined in," Moore says.

The boys, Aaron Alkire and Mikey O'Donnell, are Moore's roommates and members of the local country outfit Red Tail Hawk.

Once Emily was up to speed on the instrument, they decided to form a band. The timing was right. Red Tail Hawk's bassist was heading to California for the year so the band was going to take a break until he returned.

The Turner Moore Band, featuring Moore on acoustic guitar, O'Donnell on drums, Turner on bass and Alkire on pedal steel guitar, will make its debut at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Creekside Pizza Bistro, 92 N. Main St., Ashland.

Turner and Moore played publicly once before as a duet at The Playwright Public House. The couple emulate Johnny Cash and June Carter, alternating lead and harmony vocals.

The band plays early '40s and '50s country with elements of blues and swing, and even some bluegrass-style flat-picking. Alkire carries out most of the solos on his pedal steel guitar while the others form the rhythm section.

Moore came into the band with a catalogue of 30 to 40 original songs, and Turner, also a songwriter, has contributed about eight songs.

"She cranks out these songs that are just incredible," Moore says.

Whether in heartbreak or happily ever after, love is an obvious theme in the band's repertoire, as illustrated in the bluesy-sounding "When You Say," the call-and-response duet "Will You Think of Me Only" and the slow, melodic "Heart Forgetful."

The band has produced one EP, titled "Country Roots," and is wrapping up its first full-length album, recorded in "the boys' " home studio.

Everyone attending the concert at Creekside Pizza will receive a code for a free CD download.

Cover to the show is $3. Acoustic duo The Maybe Sometimes will open. For information, see www.turnermooreband.com or call 541-482-4131.

The Turner Moore Band, from left, Danny Moore, Emily Turner, Mikey O'Donnell and Aaron Alkire. - Photo by Austin Newfield