"Nick Moss is my favorite guitarist." - Ronnie Earl
The Nick Moss Band has been nominated for Band of the Year,Album of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Yearat the Blues music Awards!
16-time Blues Music Award nominee Nick Moss is one of the top draws on the blues circuit and one of the most exciting, dynamic performers working today. A gifted songwriter and storyteller, Nick is a walking encyclopedia of blues and music knowledge. His deep understanding of the Blues shines through everything he does. And on his new CD, "From the Root to the Fruit," with special guests David Hidalgo, Jason Ricci andSax Gordon, Nick has gone back to the future, expertly creating an album that feels like a career retrospective, but with new songs. He reaches back to his early days playing Chicago blues the way he learned it as apprentice to the legends. Equally remarkable is how he has pulled from his past and present without recycling old ideas. He and the band reach beyond Chicago, masterfully exploring Texas swing and shuffles while co-vocalist Michael Ledbetter’s voice drips with the kind of soul reminiscent of the Memphis greats. That nimble agility is deployed to similarly powerful results when the band cuts loose and synthesizes all these influences in searing extended jams that soar and explore without wandering. “People are always debating the blues; what it is and what is is not and should not be. There are purists who believe true blues cannot be played by people with long hair wearing holey jeans and tee shirts,” says Moss. “To me, a pure approach to the blues has more to do with the emotion the music evokes and the heart of the player; what someone looks like says very little about their musical heart.”
There has always been something rambunctious about Nick. While other artists settle into a genre, he has always been about discovering new sonic territory, new textures and new musical frontiers. His recording career spans decades and his albums are staples at blues radio worldwide, and are now in rotation at stations with jam and rock formats. It’s not just chords and progressions and songs that make up Nick’s music mentality, but his desire to elevate an audience; to evoke a feeling of euphoric energy between performer and listener; to capture sound as well as sensation.
"... his approach to this music makes him arguably the most exciting young blues player on the scene today. They play with fire and fury but also with control, constructing a brilliant set that never gets boring." - Blues Revue
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