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"Flemmish Web Review"


“Get So Little”

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Rice Moorehead is naar onze mening wat al te bescheiden geweest bij het verzinnen van een gepaste titel voor zijn zesde worp onder het pseudoniem Amberjack Rice. “Get So Little” doopte de man die plaat, maar wat je hier voorgeschoteld krijgt is eigenlijk net het tegenovergestelde. Als Amberjack Rice serveert hij immers opnieuw een king size portie moderne rootsmuziek op haar best. Een lekker rammelende clash van stijlen als blues, roots en country. In een gedeelde productie met zijn vaste rechterhand Thomas van der Brook neemt hij zelf naast de zang ook de gitaar- en de baspartijen voor zijn rekening en mogen Sweet Rae Craig en Mike Fonseca hun duit in het zakje doen met respectievelijk gezongen en geklapte bijdragen en drum- en percussiewerk.

Opvallendste nummers zijn de gezien het actuele politieke klimaat in de States geknipte eerste single “Presidential Blues” (“It takes three things - if you wanna be the president – I don’t have number three – You got to be a white man - With lots of money… ;-), het retestrakke “Memphis” – dat klinkt als Creedence Clearwater Revival na een meer dan gezonde dosis spierversterkende middelen, het gemeen op een authentieke Bo Diddley-beat voortjakkerende en hoogst verslavende “Filled Up”, de Cash-eske country van “Paula And Fred”, de Canned Heat meets Billy Joe Shaver-opstoot “What Will It Be” en het melodieus rockende en rollende “It’s All Because Of You”.

Net als de hier eveneens zeer gewaardeerde Canadees Joe Fournier verstaat ook Moorehead met andere woorden als geen ander de kunst om uit een karrenvracht aan invloeden toch steeds weer een hoogst oorspronkelijk en nagenoeg onweerstaanbaar muzikaal brouwsel te distilleren. En dat verdient ons respect. Verplicht luistervoer dan ook dit!
- Ctrl. Alt. Country

"Reviewed by Richard Oliver"

Amberjack Rice, “Get So Little” (Indie Release) 4 TCB’s

This album has got all the “stand up and shout” of a Sunday camp meeting, all the “hard work and hard times” of a delta sharecropper and all the “slow dancing and steamed up car windows” of a fifties high school dance all rolled into one. Rice has a sound just raw enough to it pull it off without sounding cheesy or mocking. This guy truly does love the different rural styles of American music showcased here and it shines through on every track. It’s like the Blasters playing gospel, country and blues instead of rockabilly. Highly recommended.
- Ear Candy


2004 "Get So Little" CD ARR-007
2004 "4-Track Blues" CD ARR-006
2002 "New Roots" CD ARR-005
1998 "Thanksgiving Single" 45 ARR-004
1997 "Bicycle Vigalante" CD ARR-003
1995 "Doug" CS ARR-002
1994 "The Death Of Amberjack Rice" CS ARR-003


Feeling a bit camera shy


Amberjack Rice (Rice Moorehead) plays American Roots Music inspired by the country, blues and soul his parents listened to when he was a child. At the time, of course, they had no inkling as to the depth of an impression their listening habits would have on their son.

Rice began performing while still in high school in Knoxville, Tennessee, playing harmonica and guitar every weekend in an illegal speakeasy known as JB's Hideaway. The band would play four or five hours every Friday and Saturday night and were paid with liquor made in the basement of this
colorful dive.

While still a minor in the eyes of the law, Rice soon became a regular around town, moving on to more respectable clubs. He not only led his own band, but started playing with other local favorites like
Scott Miller (V-roys/Sugar Hill Records).

A couple of years later, Rice felt a change was in order and Austin, Texas seemed like the place to be. After his arrival he began writing a steady string of songs, while increasing his musical fluency, adding the language of the electric and upright bass to his list of instruments. It was then he began performing as Amberjack Rice and started his tenure as a bass man with Bigfoot Chester and Texacala

After several hundred late and smoky nights, Amberjack Rice has
evolved into a musical chameleon. On any given evening, it is common to hear a mournful country ballad followed by an evil, gritty blues. And you might see Rice solo, with a drummer, or leading a trio. Each version of the act has its own unique arrangements of his original songs-but no matter the medium, Amberjack Rice stirs up a formula music lovers can't resist.

In 2004 Rice released his sixth and seventh recordings (4-Track Blues/Get So Little) and showcased for the sixth time at the internationally famous SXSW music festival in Austin TX.