Three Rivers Commercial-News | Robert Tomlinson, Staff Writer
THREE RIVERS ― The Riviera Theatre Bar in Three Rivers will be welcoming two unique Midwestern guitarists to their stage at the end of this month.
Singer-songwriter and blues rock guitarist Eric Paul and bassist/vocalist Christine Moad, who goest by the stage name Miss Christine, will take the stage with their musical stylings starting at 8 p.m. on Aug. 30.
Both have been touring as a duo since late 2018, and both said in interviews with the Commercial-News they enjoy performing with each other.
“I’ve always liked to play with people who are better than me, because it pushes me to want to become better,” Paul said. “I’ve never played with a bass player whose precision is pin-point. Her acumen is fantastic. It’s a lot of fun to perform with her.”
“We’ve been touring together since last September, and it’s fun singing with him,” Moad said.
Paul, who is originally from Centerville, Ohio, said he grew up around classic rock. His primary inspiration was listening to Jimi Hendrix as an 8-year-old.
“When I first heard him, I was like, ‘whoa, I want to be able to play to express myself like that,'” Paul said. “It really inspired me to want to express myself in an authentic way.”
Paul credited his dad for getting him into rock music, telling the story of playing a “Name That Tune” game with his dad and his sister, identifying the artists that came across the radio “from the time we could speak.”
“My dad raised me on classic rock music, and in all honesty, I’m proud of him, because if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t know Hendrix or any of the other bands that pretty much started me off,” Paul said.
Mood is originally from Allison, Iowa, located two hours north of Des Moines. She said she has been playing bass since she was 12, and said her main influence was listening to the Beatles, her “favorite band of all time,” and their legendary bass player, Paul McCartney.
“I love Paul McCartney and his bass playing and singing. He is definitely my biggest influence,” Moad said. “I also really like The Police, Led Zeppelin, and a lot of 70s rock.”
She said the appeal of those bands were multi-faceted.
“I like how a lot of the songwriting has a lot of harmony, and for the Police, I really liked their rhythm,” Moad said. “Overall, bass players that can sing are a big influence to me, since that’s what I do.”
Mood released an album two months ago, titled “Conversion,” and she said she enjoyed the process of recording it in just one day.
“It still feels surreal that it’s been out for two months now, but it’s been really awesome and really fun process of recording and touring,” Mood said. “I’ve been touring promoting the album since last October, and it’s been a lot of fun.”
Both said this will be their first time performing in Three Rivers, and they are looking forward to sharing their music, especially Paul, who said his favorite part about touring is meeting new people.
“One of the things I’ve enjoyed while touring is seeing all different walks of life, yet the thing that really astounds me is how much we all have in common and how much we all go through similar struggles,” Paul said. “I’m looking forward to connecting with new people and spreading mis sound and expressing myself, but I’m also hoping that will be a connection for the audience and for me.”
Both said to expect a “high-energy” show from the two of them.
“It will be an energetic show, with lots of harmonies and fun sing-along moments,” Moad said.
“People should expect a genuine, musically emotional experience,” Paul said. “Who I am on stage is who I am off-stage. There’s no smoke and mirrors from me. It should be very high-energy and be all electric.”
Admission to the concert at the Riviera Theatre Bar is free.