Blind Buddy Moody is a native Floridian and a veteran of the southern juke joint circuit. He has appeared on bills with George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Sammi Smith, Kenny Price and Ernie Lee.
Buddy is a past winner of Florida state championships in vocals, harmonica, dobro and flatpicked guitar. Blind since birth, he has formal music training only on violin and is otherwise a self-taught musician.
You can learn more about Blind Buddy Moody, and hear some of his music, by visiting his Myspace page.
Wicasta Lovelace had this to say about Blind Buddy Moody on his blog Wic's Blogs:
"I'm sitting here trying to think of words to describe the man and his music, but I just keep thinking that somehow when I was listening to him I was experiencing genuine, living, breathing Americana. It was a distinct pleasure to experience the music of a man who has walked that long road and who paid his dues in full a long, long time ago."
Editor David Warner of Creative Loafing said some kind and encouraging words on page 26 of the August 26, 2009, issue. Partial quote, "At a moment when ignorance is being aggressively defended, Deep Carnivale still respects our intelligence. Imagine that."
Esther Martinez, in a story at The Florida Book Review" says she knows "Deep Carnivale will be 'A Celebration of Words' and not a Bourbon Street bacchanal."
"But logophile that I am, I reason I'll get drunk on language. With over 70 writers and artists scheduled [for the 2008 Carnivale] to perform or read from their works, my beaded necklaces will be strung with verse. I imagine haiku shooters..."
"It is just before 10am when I arrive at the corner of Palm Avenue and 14th StreetóDeep Carnivale ground zero. About a dozen vendor tables are lined up around the Hillsborough Community College courtyard where a band of teenagers [Next Exit] are setting up their instruments."The vendor tables sell books by local writers, HCC publications and baked goods. I grab a Cuban favorite, papa rellena, a potato stuffed with savory ground beef. Belly satisfied, I cross the street and enter the historic Circulo Cubano. A nearly 100 year old neo-classical building of ionic columns and marble staircases, it served as the Cuban Social Club and remains the oldest building of its kind in the country."
"When I look back over 2008, my visit to the second edition of Deep Carnivale was a
highlight. You and your staff did a great job and I loved being part of it, again.
I am sure there will be bigger festivals to come. But maybe not better!!!"
– Darrell House, children's book author and 2008 Deep Carnivale presenter.