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Nick Moss has been at the forefront of contemporary Chicago blues for years. His muscular electric energy combines jaw-dropping guitar, impassioned songwriting and foot-stomping soul. –Living Blues
Nick Moss is at the top of the blues world. Ambitious and intense….He can play traditional blues with the best. –Blues Revue
Dennis Gruenling is the real deal – one of the best harmonica players in the world today. –World Of Harmonica
Alligator Records is pleased to announce the signing of famed Chicago-based blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Nick Moss. The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling will release their label debut, The High Cost Of Low Living, in March 2018.
Nick Moss is a bona fide bluesman to his soul with 12 solo releases to his credit, ranging from straight ahead Chicago blues to experimental blues-rock. The new album is a return to the classic Chicago blues ensemble sound Moss knows, lives and loves. But it’s no re-creation of old songs. Moss wrote nine memorable new originals and Gruenling wrote two, all rooted in the blues tradition.
Moss is a 30-year veteran guitarist who paid his dues gigging in Chicago’s rough and tumble West and South side blues clubs under the tutelage of some of the city’s greatest blues luminaries. He learned directly from, and toured with, blues giants Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Jimmy Rogers.
New Jersey’s Dennis Gruenling is considered among the very top blues harmonica players today. As a teen, Gruenling heard the Alligator recording Harp Attack! (featuring Junior Wells, Carey Bell, James Cotton and Billy Branch) and decided the harmonica was his calling. A self-taught player, his fat-toned harp work, soulful singing and raw-boned, untamed energy are a perfect foil for Moss’ hair-raising guitar playing and commanding vocals. Blues Revue called Gruenling “a leading light among a new generation of harp players…a true innovator.”
According to Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, Nick is a natural fit for the label. “It’s very exciting to bring an artist to Alligator who is so deeply rooted in the Chicago blues tradition, but creating fresh new songs to carry that tradition forward. He’s a thrilling guitar player, a gritty, honest singer, and his band is tough as nails. Dennis Gruenling is a blues harmonica master and a terrific showman, and he brings another world class talent to Nick’s band. These are artists that any fan of the blues has got to love.”
Moss is equally thrilled, saying, “I am extremely excited and honored to be a part of Alligator Records’ legacy. It was 35 years ago I got my first Alligator recording – Blues Deluxe – and 30 years ago I saw my first Alligator act, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, in person. My life has never been the same!”
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