Autumn Moore: TBS

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Meet Autumn Moore!

Tradition and Tomorrow's Bluegrass Stars

by Shelby C. Berry

The Music Melting Pot

When an energetic multi-generational community of bluegrass and folk musicians surrounds the upcoming artists, they begin to excel across all music genres. One such forthcoming artist is Autumn Moore.

Best known as the other half of the duo Buffalo Mountain Bluegrass Band with her brother Canyon, 20-year-old Autumn from central Pennsylvania first picked up the fiddle at age five. 

Experience !

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“These camps changed the trajectory of my musical journey,” said Autumn. “I didn’t like being tethered by notes on a page. Bluegrass provides many opportunities to be creative, explore the genre’s traditions, and connect with people.”

Classically trained, the violin quickly became the bluegrass fiddle after she attended the Montana Fiddle Camp, focusing on various genres from bluegrass and Appalachian to Cajun, Celtic, and even Western swing.

“These camps changed the trajectory of my musical journey,” said Autumn. “I didn’t like being tethered by notes on a page. Bluegrass provides many opportunities to be creative, explore the genre’s traditions, and connect with people.”

Over time, Autumn’s music has become a melting pot of bluegrass, gospel, Scottish, Irish, and Canadian music — coming alive on stage when she plays with her brother.

Impressing audiences with their fiddle, upright bass, mandolin, and guitar skills alongside their tight sibling harmonies, this duo has been playing together since 2009, starting like many young musicians — in churches and nursing homes.

“In the beginning, music was a ministry and a way to connect with our community,” said Autumn.

In the thirteen years since they started, Buffalo Mountain Bluegrass Band has grown into themselves as a sibling duo that connects others with what they believe.

Influenced in their creativity and showmanship by Celtic duo Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Autumn and Canyon focus on their stage presence as much as their harmonies.

“Canyon and I have different strengths, and when we come together, the musicianship gets even better,” said Autumn.

A student at Oregon State University studying Agricultural Sciences, Autumn is attending school online, allowing her to take two different RV trips across the United States. These countrywide road trips provided her with many opportunities to meet and jam with many other musicians across the country.

If That's Not Enough!

TBS Regional Director

Autumn is also doing her part to help the organization that has done so much for her as a musician — continuing to preserve bluegrass music with Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars.

Holding the position of Northeastern Regional Director, Autumn’s role is to organize events with the TBS youth in her region and motivate them in their musical pursuits. She also spearheaded the idea and directed the 2020 Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars Online Festival through this position.

“The organization is a place for the youth in bluegrass music, so I am excited for the leadership opportunity within the organization!” said Autumn.

Autumn connects to TBS members in ways others couldn’t.

“It is incredible to see how Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars has grown in the time since I joined. It’s an encouragement to know so many other people in our country who play and connect with them. It’s so special,” said Autumn.

And More!

But Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars isn’t the only way Autumn connects with others in music. 

Because of music’s role in her life, she is also an avid dancer. Alongside her brother, Autumn does competitive square dancing and coordinates Civil War balls. She also exposes others to the traditional and historical styles of music through her dance.

“Providing wholesome multi-generational events that bring people together, I sometimes think  I reach more people initially through dancing, bringing them to appreciate the music as well,” said Autumn.

Whether music or dance, Autumn finds a way to use her talents to connect with others— and that’s what it’s all about.

“I’m still not entirely sure where my musical journey will take me, but no matter where I go with my music, I desire to honor and glorify God through it,” said Autumn. “I hope my music will be something I am passionately and joyfully doing in a way that serves the Lord.”