(via Honky-Tonk Traditionalist Moe Bandy Ain’t Clowning Around)
A country-music traditionalist, Moe Bandy stands with guys like Johnny Bush and Johnny Paycheck as one of the true masters of the three veins of honky-tonk that matter most: loving songs, drinking songs, and cheating songs. If Bandy does a cover, he goes straight to the source code: Hank Williams and George Jones. The influence of both artists can be heard in Bandy’s vocal delivery, and was enough to gain him ten No. 1 country hits while placing 40 songs in the charts during his career.
“I’m a traditionalist,” says Bandy from his home outside Branson, Missouri. “I went into music wanting to sound like Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Ray Price, George Jones, the guys who set the bar for what I think of as country music. I just never saw myself venturing very far from those old-school artists.”
As younger men, both Bandy and his brother Mike had a strong jones for rodeo, but Moe eventually found himself…