Nick Moss - Here I Am (2011)

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Nick Moss - Here I Am (2011)

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1 	Why You So Mean? 	7:43
2 	Blood Runs 	4:55
3 	Here I Am 	5:30
4 	Candy Nation 	4:50
5 	It'll Turn Around 	8:22
6 	Long Haul Jockey 	4:37
7 	Here Comes Moses 	6:34
8 	Caught By Surprise 	9:44
9 	Katie Ann (Slight Return) 	9:39
10 	Sunday Get Together 	4:59
11 	It'll Turn Around (Radio Edit) 	5:05

Jennifer Evans - Vocals (Background)
"Stumpy" Hutchkins - Bass
Michael Ledbetter - Vocal Arrangement, Vocals (Background)
Nick Moss - Arranger, Composer, Guitar, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals
Travis Reed - Keyboards
Shuree Rivera - Vocals (Background)
Patrick Seals - Drums, Percussion
Nik Skilnik - Bass 

 

Nick Moss follows his most critically and commercially successful album to date (Privileged) with the release of Here I Am, a record already drawing raves from peers and mentors like Jimmy Thackery. Moss has given guitar lovers plenty to sink their teeth into with extended songs and solos, but there's more to Here I Am than just great lead playing. Moss and his band again use a foundation of blues, rock, and roots as starting point, but take new and unexpected turns on these tracks. These 10 new originals combine to create the most diverse album of his career as he pushes his sound, songwriting, and lead guitar work further than ever before. ---Editorial Reviews, amazon.com

 

Nick is at it again here, pushing the evolution of his music, stylistically as well as sonically. The tunes are genuine and intense. --Jimmy Thackery

 

There's a baseball legend floating around about Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale, who is purported to have said the most important pitch he threw was the second knockdown pitch, so the batter knew the first one wasn't an accident.

Here I Am is the second knockdown, knockout pitch from Nick Moss. It's a bold declaration the risks he took augmenting his distinct brand of traditional Chicago blues on Privileged were no accident or passing fancy, but a new beginning.

Nick is putting his considerable skills to the test having made the choice to take the lessons he learned with Privileged and push further forward. Like the 'Man In The Maze' on the cover of this album (inspired by Tohono O'odham oral history), he tells us in the title track he's following a path to reach the place in his own maze where he is ready to stretch himself further than ever, challenging himself to take songs built on the foundation of Chicago blues, rock, and roots to places he's never gone.

He comes out firing with the opening salvo of Why You So Mean, Blood Runs, and the title track, pummeling listeners with the most punishing riffs he's ever recorded and some of his most scorching solos. With It'll Turn Around, the album's first single, Nick shows us he has more than just a great fastball. It's a soulful anthem, both timely and timeless, serving as a reminder Nick has grown as a singer and songwriter on his travel through the maze. It'll Turn Around is powered by soulful backing vocals from Michael Ledbetter, Shuree Rivera, and Jennifer Evans and features gorgeous keys work from Travis Reed and one of Nick's finest slide leads.

The extended jams of a Nick Moss gig are brought to the studio for the first time. Songs like Here Comes Moses and Katie Ann (Slight Return) scream to be played live before packed rooms as does the serious funk-jam workout of Caught By Surprise. All ten songs are road-ready and primed to be staples of future live shows.

He's been knocking listeners down since his 1998 debut First Offense and his fastball is more lively than ever. He didn't play it safe on those brilliant traditional blues records that forged the beginning of his career and on Privileged he kicked down a door and a whole new world of choices opened to him. Here I Am is the powerful continuation of a confident artist making exciting new choices. Be prepared to be knocked down once again. ---Josh Hathaway, BlindedBySound.com

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