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Hugh Moffatt

Country-folk singer/songwriter Hugh Moffatt penned several big hits for other country artists during the '70s and '80s before making his own critically acclaimed solo records. Moffatt was born in Fort Worth, TX, in 1948 and played classical piano and jazz trumpet during his teen years. While studying English at Rice University, he started listening to blues music, learned guitar, and went on to join a pop band called Rollin' Wood. He briefly moved to Austin, then set out for Washington, D.C., in 1973, but a detour to Nashville wound up becoming permanent, as he decided to try his hand at professional songwriting. Influenced by the literary-minded Kris Kristofferson, Moffatt found a mentor in Ed Penney, and in 1974 his composition "Just in Case" became a major hit for Ronnie Milsap. Moffatt landed a solo deal with Mercury in 1977, but after two flop singles, he was let go and returned to songwriting.

Moffatt's songs were recorded by a number of country stars during the '80s, including Dolly Parton ("Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle to You)"), Johnny Rodriguez ("How Could I Love Her So Much"), Lacy J. Dalton ("Wild Turkey"), and Alabama ("Words at Twenty Paces"), among others. In the meantime, Moffatt formed a band called Ratz, recording a five-song EP in 1984 titled Puttin' on the Ratz. He cut some solo sessions in 1986 and the following year signed to Rounder subsidiary Philo, which released his solo debut, Loving You. It earned generally positive reviews, as did the 1989 follow-up, Troubadour. For his next album, Moffatt teamed up with his sister, country singer Katy Moffatt; Dance Me Outside was released in 1992. The following year, Moffatt teamed with Memphis-based composer Michael Ching to co-author the one-act opera King of the Clouds. 1995 brought The Wognum Sessions, an album released on the Dutch label Strictly Country and credited to the Hugh Moffatt Trio. Follow-ups included 1996's The Life of a Minor Poet, on the independent Watermelon, and the concert album Live and Alone, on Brambus. He and Ching composed a second opera, Out in the Rain, which premiered in 1998. After some time away from recording, Moffatt finally returned with 2003's Ghosts of the Music, also on Brambus. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Live And Alone

1. When You Held Me In Your Arms

2. The Way Love Is

3. How Could I Love Her So Much

4. The Lord Don't Take No Prisoners

5. Carolina Star

6. Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You

7. Words At Twenty Paces

8. Somewhere In Kansas

9. Loving You

10. Last Night I Dreamed Of Loving You

11. I Get Lonely For You

12. Rose Of My Heart

13. Your Sweet Love

14. I Do

15. For Mary

16. I Always Turn To You

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Track List: The Life Of A Minor Poet

1. New Moon Light

2. Sugar Dream

3. Love Game

4. Somewhere Among The Briars

5. Money, Too

6. I Know The Difference Now

7. Be My Brontosaurus Baby

8. The Old Days

9. A Red Rose For Lisa

10. Angels

11. Another Road

12. The Life Of A Minor Poet

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Track List: Troubadour

1. The Way Love Is

2. Rose Of My Heart

3. I'll Leave The Rest To You

4. Somewhere In Kansas

5. How Could I Love Her So Much

6. Roses, Love And Promises

7. Hard Times Come Again No More

8. Last Night I Dreamed Of Loving You

9. Praise The Lord And Send Me The Money

10. The Devil Took The Rest

11. The Old Songs

12. For Mary

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Track List: Loving You

1. When You Held Me In Your Arms

2. Mama Rita

3. Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You

4. Words At Twenty Paces

5. Slow Moving Freight Train

6. No Stranger To The Blues

7. Loving You

8. Tomorrow Is A Long Time

9. Carolina Star

10. Jack And Lucy

11. Roll With The Weather

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It's amazing when someone can be so successful but not accepted as a singer. I'm listening to "The Life of a Minor Poet" and just love it.

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