“Moss’ muscular, electric energy combines jaw-dropping guitar, gruff, soulful vocals and impassioned songwriting. Gruenling is a contemporary harmonica master…impressive, genuine and fresh sounding.” – Living Blues
The Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation is proud to present The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling in a KXCI Presents concert celebrating their new Alligator Records release, The High Cost of Low Living. This event is another in the SABHF mission of supporting, promoting and presenting live Blues music and culture in Southern Arizona.
Chicago guitarist Nick Moss is a bona fide bluesman down to his soul, a 30-year veteran of the city’s take-no-prisoners Blues scene. Moss paid his dues gigging in Chicago’s rough and tumble West and South side Blues clubs under the tutelage of some of the city’s greatest Blues luminaries. Bluesman Jimmy Rogers (famous for his pioneering guitar work with Muddy Waters and for his solo hit Walking By Myself) hired Moss to join his touring band and became his mentor. Moss’ other influences include B.B. King, Freddie King, Earl Hooker, Magic Slim and other groundbreaking players.
New Jersey’s Dennis Gruenling is considered among today’s best Blues harmonica players. His high-energy, full-throttle playing has earned him comparisons to the late James Cotton. In addition to Cotton, Gruenling was inspired by blues harp masters Little Walter and George “Harmonica” Smith as well as by saxophonists, including Lester Young and Red Prysock. A self-taught player and a natural entertainer with seven solo albums to his credit, Gruenling’s giant, fat-toned harp work, raw-boned singing and untamed energy are a perfect foil for Moss’ hair-raising guitar playing and straight-from-the-shoulder blues vocals.
Now recording together for the first time, The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling make their Alligator Records debut with The High Cost of Low Living,” a dream come true for both musicians.
The High Cost Of Low Living is a tour de force of the classic Chicago blues ensemble sound Moss and Gruenling know, live and love. But it’s no recycling of old songs. Moss wrote eight memorable new originals and Gruenling wrote two, all deeply rooted in the blues tradition with a touch of old school rock ‘n’ roll. Produced by guitarist Kid Andersen and Moss and recorded at Rancho de Rhythm in Elgin, Illinois, the album is a joyous sonic blast of pure blues power.
This high energy and exciting show comes to Tucson at The House of Bards, 4915 E. Speedway Blvd on Sunday June 10, 2018. It’s an early show, starting at 6:00 PM. Advance tickets are available from the Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation website at www.azblues.org for $12. Tickets at the door are $15 with a $3 discount for SABHF and KXCI members.