Winter blues break ends Feb. 11

Feb 01, 2013
Joe Moss

Rockland — North Atlantic Blues Festival co-founder and local concert promoter Paul Benjamin has been in Memphis, in part to cheer on the Belfast-area Juke Rockets in the Road to Memphis competition. The band represented Maine in the annual blues challenge and acquitted themselves nobly.

“They played as well as I’ve ever heard them play,” Benjamin said via phone from Tennessee on Feb. 1.

Benjamin is heading back to the Midcoast to re-start the Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. First out of the gate Monday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. will be Chicago’s Joe Moss and his band. Admission is $10.

One of the hardest-working performers on the Windy City circuit, guitarist/bandleader Moss routinely works up to 28 gigs a month. His sound, a winning mix of blues and R&B flavors paired with original songwriting vision, can be heard blasting out of Chicago venues such as Buddy Guy's Legends and House of Blues on a regular basis, and his stinging guitar and accomplished vocal style have won him fans citywide.

A guitarist since age of 15, Moss was given his passport into the blues world by Buddy Scott, who noticed Moss at a jam session at Rosa's Blues Lounge on Chicago's west side. Soon, Moss was playing seven nights a week as a member of Buddy's Rib Tip band; he also toured Spain with Scott and recorded with him. Moss' guitar skills made him an in-demand sideman and he played gigs with nearly every bluesman and -woman in the city. Not merely a local hotshot, Moss backed these artists in Canada, Turkey, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, France and Germany.

Not content to remain on the side, Moss felt the pull to be his own man and lead his own band. With the Joe Moss Band, he is finally able to do things his way and express the music he has been writing. Not just an imitator of the music's glorious past, he strives to find his own sound and material within the styles he chooses to play. His band features some of Chicago's finest blues musicians.

Next up, on Feb. 18, will be JW-Jones, Canada’s top touring blues act ($10). For more information, visit the Time Out Pub Blues link at northatlanticbluesfestival.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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