December 15, 1969 |
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Genres||Chicago blues, electric blues|
|Guitarist, harmonicist, singer, songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass, harmonica, vocals|
|Labels||Blue Bella Records|
|Gary Clark Jr., Warren Haynes, Blues Traveler, Gov't Mule, JJ Grey & Mofro, North Mississippi Allstars, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Widespread Panic, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Scott, Jimmy Dawkins, Jimmy Rogers, Gerry Hundt, The Legendary Blues Band|
Nick Moss (born December 15, 1969, Chicago, Illinois, United States) is an American Chicago blues and electric blues musician. He has released ten albums to date, all on his own label, Blue Bella Records label. He has played with Buddy Scott, Jimmy Dawkins, Jimmy Rogers and the Legendary Blues Band. More recently he has performed fronting his own group, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops until 2008 and then shortening the name in 2009 to Nick Moss Band. The music journalist Bill Dahl stated that Moss possesses "mastery of the classic Chicago sound."
Moss originally learned to play the bass guitar. He joined Buddy Scott's backing band when he was in his late teens. He played for Scott for two years. After that he played with Jimmy Dawkins. By 1993, he had joined the Legendary Blues Band and played bass on their final album, Money Talks. The band's frontman, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, suggested Moss should switch to lead guitar, and he spent over two years there before they split up.
Moss moved on to play guitar in the Jimmy Rogers band for three years, before he turned to a solo career. His debut album, First Offense (re-released in 2003), billed as by Nick Moss and the Flip Tops, included a guest appearance by the harmonica player Lynwood Slim. His next albums, Got a New Plan (2001), Count Your Blessings (2003), Sadie Mae (2005) and Live at Chan's (2006), were each nominated for a W. C. Handy Award.
Nick Moss and the Flip Tops recorded two live albums at Chan's, a Rhode Island club, the second of which included the harp playing of Gerry Hundt. Moss and the Flip Tops played at Memphis in May and the Ottawa Blues Festival in 2008. The same year Moss produced Magic Slim's album Midnight Blues. Moss later changed the name of his group, which became the Nick Moss Band.
Moss' band line-up has gone through many changes in the last decade. The current line-up includes Michael Ledbetter (vocals and rhythm guitar), Patrick Seals (drums), Nick Fane (bass and backup vocals), and Taylor Streiff (piano and organ).
The band released Live and Luscious on Blue Bella Records on October 30, 2015. It was their 11th album released after a successful European tour in April that year. Live and Luscious featured live versions of unreleased songs that will be introduced in the following studio album.
The 12th album is set for release on May 20, 2016 on Blue Bella Records. It will be 27 tracks in length and is a double disc studio album titled From the Root to the Fruit.