Haunting lyrics, soaring harmonies and dazzling instrument proficiency -- that's how the duo Moors & McCumber describe their sound and style. On March 9 they'll take the stage at the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center for an evening of music showcasing their newest album "Acrobats."
One song from "Acrobats," "Nothing is Free" embodies the emotion and direction the duo takes with their art. The lyrics comment on social equalities and the struggles of the lower class while blending the melody with guitar and plenty of cello. According to James Moors, one half of the team, the song is one of his favorites they've produced.
Kort McCumber, a Colorado native, completes the other half. Each are singer-songwriters gifted at playing multiple instruments such as the bouzouki, guitar, mandolin and ukulele, which they'll feature in their March 9 performance.
The two started playing in 2005 after meeting at a festival. Prior they'd been solo artists but after several concerts the audiences began requesting records of the two, not just one or the other.
"We love singing together," said Moors. "After we sing that first note we become completely engaged and immersed in the bliss of performing."
Before performing, however, hours go into crafting their songs and perfecting them for the stage. Moors often finds himself waking up with melodies and being inspired from something they're doing. McCumber has a knack for arrangements and bridges. Together the two go in-depth with multiple instruments and as a result, "get into the magic of the Moors & McCumber sound."
To pinpoint an exact style for the two would be difficult. Listening to their music folk is an evident base but hints of pop and indie emerge.
While based in Superior, Wis., Moors & McCumber aren't strangers to the Western Slope. In recent years they've performed in Grand Junction and Montrose. A few people suggested to Moors and David Starr, vice president of the Arts Center board of directors, that the duo would be a good fit for the Arts Center.
"Their seamless harmonies are what stood out to me," said Starr. "I think people will also enjoy the versatility of the two as they use different instruments in their show."
Particularly unique to this duo is their devotion and connection with their fans. Five of their seven albums were funded by Kickstarter. Four times a year the two travel to Ireland with a group of fans. Recently they started hosting rafting trips with fans in Idaho.
Moors said the connection comes from performing in intimate venues of 100 seats or less, like at the Arts Center. "We're proud of our community and they're what keep us going," said Moors. "We're fortunate to have people come back to concerts again and again."
Tickets for the March 9 concert are still available and can be purchased online at https://www.grandmesaartscenter.com/events or by calling Starr's guitars at 970-856-2331. General admission is $20 and the show starts at 7 p.m.
"I really want to thank people for their support of the shows we've had so far and can't wait for the rest of the lineup we have this spring," said Starr.