Chicago's Nick Moss is a bona fide blues men -- heck, he's even played with the likes of Jimmy Rogers, Jimmy Dawkins, the Legendary Blues Band and other traditionalist favorites.
But Moss' upcoming "Time Ain't Free" completes a triumvirate that takes him from blues to blues-rock, with no apologies.
"This is my 10th CD, and the first seven were pretty much straight-ahead blues," says the 45-year-old singer, guitarist and harmonica player whose last album, 2011's "Here I Am," was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best Rock Blues Album. "I think the music I"m recording now is a little bit more accessible -- accessible to more people, I should say, instead of one core group of listeners, your hard-core blues fans and stuff like that.
"I'm proud of that, but I just didn't want to limit myself to a fan base of just one group of people. I don't want to exclude them, because those are the people who have supported me over the years. But I realized if I could make some music that was based off blues but maybe reach a little further in other directions, it would appeal to more people."
And, Moss hastens to add, bringing a little more rock into his sound isn't exactly a stretch. for him.
"I'm a product of the 70s and early 80s," he notes. "I grew up on all that rock music hat was coming up at the time. I have an older brother and an uncle who's more like an older brother, too, so I grew up listening to a lot of Blind Faith and Traffic and Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, all these blues-based rock bands.
"I got pretty hardcore into blues in my teens and learned how to play blues before I learned how to play rock. But going back and switching gear, sit was already there because of that music I heard growing up. I just never showed it before."
The Nick Moss Band performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets start at $12. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.
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