There’s still a few Outlaws left. And no, we’re not talking about 5’4″ guys signed to Big Machine Records, or stadium acts with Ray-Ban Aviators permanently affixed to their faces. We’re talking about the guys who believe the term “Outlaw” is synonymous with fierce independence. We’re talking about guys with door deal gigs and vans, not buses. True Outlaws. And chief among their small, but fervent ranks is singer, songwriter, and frontman Dallas Moore.
Dallas Moore has been around now for many years, mentioned on Saving Country Music many times, but has never had the spotlight squarely affixed upon his position in a dedicated fashion, primarily because heretofore, his recorded output was often met with mixed results. Please don’t take that as a dig at his previous albums. With fierce independence often comes a lack of resources, which presented themselves in some of his early records.
Outlaw artists like Dallas Moore often believe in writing their own songs, and sometimes producing their own records, which doesn’t always allow them the benefit from outside help to take an album or a song from good to great. There’s no major label dough being thrown around here. There’s no highfalutin’ managers to help open doors and secure fat cat underwriters. These are grassroots efforts. It’s of the people. It’s just Dallas and his posse, which at times in the past has meant sometimes things in the studio were a little messy. But they were always real, and they still resonated with lots of people. But you also knew that Dallas Moore was capable of more, and when he showed it, that would be the time to take the conversation with him more national.
Finally we have that record that when someone asks you, “Dallas Moore? Where should I start?” you have a solid answer. Produced by Dean Miller—who is the son of Roger Miller—Mr. Honky Tonk is Dallas Moore’s most refined, polished, and professional album yet, but without compromising any of the grit and attitude that has earned him such a dedicated following and the “true Outlaw” moniker.