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Nick Moss Band: Time Ain't Free

Album Review

Already skilled in Chicago blues-cooking, Moss tries some new menus.

For his tenth album in 15 years, Chicago singer-guitarist Moss continues his project of moving house from blues alley into a more diverse neighbourhood, where the music coming out of the windows is less likely to be the 50s/60s Chicago blues that inspired much of his early work than the sounds of soul or Southern rock.

The only trace of older-times blues here is Son House’s Death Letter, rendered as a rock-blues workout with little left of House’s melody. The rest is a stew of soul, blues-soul and blues-rock, the vocals divided between Moss and rhythm guitarist Michael Ledbetter (a descendant of Leadbelly), who brings a polished voice to the soul ballad I Want The World To Know and the Faces’ Bad ‘n’ Ruin. As always, the ensemble playing is tight, impeccably so in the funky closer (Big Mike’s) Sweet Potato Pie

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