It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since LeRoi Moore “gave up his ghost” to complications from a tragic ATV accident on his farm in Virginia. Although LeRoi’s physical form left this Earth on August 19th, 2008, this spectacular saxophonist’s spirit lives on in the live recordings and studio releases that bear witness to his profound talent. Those of us who were lucky enough to see him play may remember his shy but powerful presence on stage. A true horn whisperer, LeRoi spoke through the magical sounds that he made with his instruments. To this day, countless fans find it almost impossible to keep a dry eye while listening to tunes like “Stolen Away,” “Loving Wings,” “41,” and, to Live at Piedmont Park’s “One Sweet World,” where the band sings happy birthday to this soulful musician. Whether through our favorite Roi jams, or the dedicated, “Why I Am,” it remains clear that this is one wind artist who will never be forgotten. To us, LeRoi will always be "right here, lying in the hands of God."
A prayer in honor of LeRoi:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May the Lord hold you in the palm of his hand.