Traditional bluesman branches out
Nick's blues schooling began in earnest
when he got the call to play bass with the
great Chicago guitarist Jimmy Dawkins.
Shortly thereafter, he hooked up with the
Legendary Blues Band, featuring Muddy
Waters Blues Band alumnus Willie "Big
Eyes" Smith on drums. "That was one of
my favorite bands," he recalls. "I still love
Willie. He is like my second father."
next deep-blues learning period for Nick, who'd switched
over from bass to a six-string, was in the band of Chicago
blues legend Jimmy Rogers for three years in the mid-'90s.
From Rogers, he learned all about the special ensemble sound
of authentic Chicago blues, coming to understand the importance
of listening closely to and reacting to his fellow players
on the bandstand. "Listen to early Muddy Waters stuff with
Jimmy and Otis Spann and Little Walter," says Nick of the
original model. "It almost sounds as if they're playing on top
of each other, but they're staying out of each other's way. It
almost sounds like they're all soloing at the same time."
With his blues graduate studies completed by the late '90s,
Moss launched his band, The Flip Tops and Blue Bella
Records. Their first album, First Offense, was followed by Got
a New Plan in 2001 and two years later a third album, Count
Your Blessings. The latter two received W. C. Handy award
nominations, and Count Your Blessings included ace contributions
by Nick's friends Sam Myers, Anson Funderburgh,
Willie Smith, Curtis Salgado and Lynwood Slim. June 2005
saw the release of fourth album Sadie Mae, named after his
beautiful baby daughter. Sadie Mae was nominated for 2006
Blues Music Awards as "Album of the Year" and "Traditional
Blues Album of the Year." Since that time, Nick has continued to branch out, filling venues and recording albums culminating in his latest release, Privileged.
Nick Moss plays a Category 5 Tempest and JB Custom 50.
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