Pint-sized Moore Bros. make full-sized sound

Article Published: Jul. 1, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Pint-sized Moore Bros. make full-sized sound

Jacob Moore, 12, and his brother Isaac, 8, headline the Moore Brothers Band, hitting Son's Light Coffee House Friday, July 9.

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As Jacob and Isaac Moore move their fingers over the strings, you'll be too busy toe tapping for it to sink in: Add both their ages together, and they still couldn't rent a car.

The Moore Brothers (, critically acclaimed bluegrass virtuosos, are, after all, only 12 and 8 years old, respectively. Don't tell that to their fingers.

"My dad would take me to festivals and places like that, and he would get me really excited, and I wanted to play," 12-year-old Jacob said.

And play he did - mandolin, fiddle and guitar. He's been playing fiddle and mandolin for four years, a third of his life. To Jacob, it's all about the bluegrass.

"I like it, because it's up tempo and it can be that, and it can be slow, and I just like it," he said.
He, like his 8-year-old brother, Isaac, knows it's what he wants to do forever.

"It's just fun to play it for all the people in the crowd, just have a fun time on stage," Isaac said.
He plays mandolin and guitar and has been picking for about a year to the delight of his friends.
"They think it's amazing that I can do that," he said.

One person who isn't surprised? Their mother, Patti. After all, it's what they grew up with.
"Their dad plays the guitar and the banjo, so when they were just little, like 3 and 4 years old, we had them a little mandolin, and they would just carry it around ... it was kind of just part of who they were, even from the beginning.

"My oldest one (Jacob), when he was 2 years old ... he would stand there, and when the music came on the television, he would stop ... my parents have one of those old floor lamps ... and he would go over to the floor lamp and play it like a bass," Patti said.

Since they've graduated to real instruments, Patti and her husband have been supporting their career, homeschooling the kids so they can play 70 to 80 shows a year.

"It's an awesome experience, because they meet new people, see new places and new cultures, and it's just been a really wonderful experience for all of us," she said, and not one without recognition.

The duo was selected last year for a program called "Kids on Bluegrass," hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Association, allowing them to perform at Fan Fest in Nashville, Tenn. This year, they were asked back.

"It's just a great opportunity," Patti said said.

The High Country gets its own great opportunity to watch the Hickory-based duo perform at Son's Light Coffee House Friday, July 9, headlining second the installation of Son's Light's first bluegrass series.

Money raised goes toward Son's Light Ministries and something organizers are particularly excited about: Son's Light Records.

"We're looking to put together a nonprofit studio," organizer Megan Anderson said.
Son's Light Ministries is a local group active in everything from working with area homeless to tutoring area kids, Anderson said.

Performances, which happen at Son's Light Coffee House (174 Boone Heights Drive in Boone), start at 6:20 p.m. and last through 8 p.m. An open jam commences from 8 to 9 p.m., and ministry donations are accepted at the door.

For more information on Son's Light, visit

July 9 - The Moore Brothers
Aug. 13 - Kevin Carter and Full Assurance
Sept. 10 - Son Road Bluegrass Band
Oct. 8 - Boone Trail
Nov. 10 - Carolina Crossing
Dec. 10 - Christmas Party and Jam.

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