Nick Moss and the Flip Tops & Chris Duarte

Posted Aug 27th, 2010 by Banan AlKilani  Category: Arts & Entertainment


There’s a ‘Renaissance Man’ revival in the music industry these days, and Nick Moss has taken advantage of it. Unprecedented upheaval in the entertainment field has thrown open the doors of opportunity for artists with vision and courage to take advantage of it. The release of Nick’s eighth album, Privileged, is proof he has both.

After seven critically-acclaimed traditional blues albums, Nick has widened his focus on Privileged in order to absorb song forms and influences beyond the scope of those heard on his previous albums.

Nick’s schooling began in earnest when he got the call to play bass with the great Chicago guitarist Jimmy Dawkins. Shortly thereafter, he hooked up with the Legendary Blues Band, featuring Muddy Waters Blues Band alumnus Willie “Big Eyes” Smith on drums.

Live at Chan’s, released in 2006, was nominated for Album of The Year, Traditional Blues Album of the Year, and saw Moss nominated as Guitarist of the Year at the 2007 BMAs.

As much a fan as a musician, Duarte also takes some cues from his heroes, peers and pals. “101” salutes the jams of Jimi Hendrix in Duarte’s own distinctive fashion, while “Like Eric” pays fealty to his friend and fellow Austinite Eric Johnson (and nods to history in its title, inspired by John Coltrane’s song “Like Sonny,” written in the spirit of Sonny Rollins). “My My” was cued by the sonic bursts of Jon Spencer, while “Mr. Neighbor” is informed by Duarte’s admiration for the writing of Elvis Costello and, in the final passage, the melodic spirit of John Lennon. As he has on all four of his albums, Duarte uses the blues as a launching pad from which he explores a solar system of musical modes and realms.

He was named “Best New Talent” in Guitar Player’s 1995 Reader’s Poll, and finished fourth in the magazine’s “Best Blues Guitarist” category behind legends Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King.

Venue: The Clazel Theatre 127 N. Main St Bowling Green, OH 43402 419-353-5000
Event: Levee Town wsg: Rod’s Collision
Date/Time: Friday August 27, doors @ 7 / show @ 8pm
Cost: Tickets $10 Advance / $12 DOS

You can purchase tickets now at Finders in BG M-S 9 to 9, Culture Clash in Toledo, or The Clazel Th-S after 5pm.

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