Nick Moss

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Nick Moss
Nick Moss at Buddy Guy's Legends in January 2011.
Nick Moss at Buddy Guy's Legends in January 2011.
Background information
Born (1969-12-15) December 15, 1969 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
GenresChicago blues, electric blues[1]
Occupation(s)Guitarist, harmonicist, singer, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsGuitar, bass, harmonica, vocals
Years active1990–present
LabelsBlue Bella Records
Associated actsGary 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 thirteen 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.[1] The music journalist Bill Dahl stated that Moss possesses "mastery of the classic Chicago sound."[2]


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.[1] By 1993, he had joined the Legendary Blues Band and played bass on their final album, Money Talks.[3] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[4] Moss and the Flip Tops played at Memphis in May and the Ottawa Blues Festival in 2008.[5] 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's ninth album, Here I Am, was released on November 22, 2011.[2] It was nominated for a Blues Music Award in 2013 in the category Rock Blues Album.[6] His tenth album, Time Ain't Free, was released in March 2014 and was voted by the editors at Guitar World magazine as One of the Top 50 Albums of 2014.[7][8]

The band released Live & Luscious on October 30, 2015. It was their 11th album released after a European tour in April that year. It featured live versions of unreleased songs that will be introduced in the following studio album. The 12th album was issued on May 20, 2016, and was a double disc studio effort, From the Root to the Fruit.

The High Cost of Low Living (2018) was a slight departure from the norm, incorporating a significant guest appearance from the harmonica player Dennis Gruenling, plus the release was via Alligator Records.[9]

At the 40th Blues Music Awards in 2019, Moss was named 'Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year'.[10]

His 2019 joint recording with Dennis Gruenling, Lucky Guy!, was chosen as a 'Favorite Blues Album' by AllMusic.[11] In May 2020, the Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling won two Blues Music Awards for 'Band of the Year' and 'Traditional Blues Album of the Year' for Lucky Guy!.[12]


  • First Offense (1998; re-released 2003)
  • Got a New Plan (2001)
  • Count Your Blessings (2003)
  • Sadie Mae (2005)
  • Live at Chan's (2006)
  • Play It 'Til Tomorrow (2007)
  • Live at Chan's, Combo Platter No. 2 (2009)
  • Privileged (2010)
  • Here I Am (2011)
  • Time Ain't Free (2014)
  • Live & Luscious (2015)
  • From the Root to the Fruit (2016) [2CD]
  • The High Cost of Low Living (featuring Dennis Gruenling) (Alligator, 2018)
  • Lucky Guy! (featuring Dennis Gruenling) (Alligator, 2019) [1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Torreano, Bradley. "Nick Moss – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Nick Moss Band: World-Class Blues Artist: 16-Time BMA Nominee". Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Legendary Blues Band / Money Talks". Allmusic. Retrieved March 6, 2010.
  4. ^ [1] Archived July 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ [2] Archived July 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Blues Music Awards Nominees – 2013 – 34th Blues Music Awards". Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  7. ^ ""Time AIn't Free" Among Guitar World's 50 Best Albums of 2014 | The Nick Moss Band Blog". Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  8. ^ Harmon, Rick. "Chicago blues great brings new band, new sound to city". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  9. ^ "The High Cost of Low Living - Nick Moss, Nick Moss Band, Dennis Gruenling - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "2019 Blues Music Awards Winners Announced". Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  11. ^ "Favorite Blues Albums | AllMusic 2019 in Review". AllMusic. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  12. ^ McKay, Robin. "BLUES MUSIC AWARDS". Retrieved May 4, 2020.

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