Moss’ musical direction was formed in the crucible of the 60’s and early 70’s, when the struggle for Civil Rights and against the Vietnam War propelled him into the counterculture and a political and social awareness that continues to inform his music, “… if they bring this planet to its knees, it’s not a garden to tend, it’s a sponge to squeeze in a rich man’s world…” from Rich Man’s World.
He also brings a keen eye to relationships and articulates some of the more subtle yet powerful elements, “…if I pick you up every time you fall, if you never walk ’cause I don’t let you crawl, I wouldn’t call it love…” from I Wouldn’t Call It Love.
Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, the Doors and the Beatles are among his early influences. Bruce Cockburn, Jackson Browne and Steve Earle inspire him today.
Moss has recorded four albums, the last three with full instrumentation and backup vocals to create a complex and intriguing tapestry of sounds, incorporating a variety of influences. His voice is warm, strong and evocative. And his guitar-work ranges from the delicate finger-picking of Little Girl Dreams to the percussive drive of Justice Denied. Whether you call it Americana or folk rock, it’s music with an edge.
“Songs that speak to what’s real have always had a particular hold on me and that’s how I write. I address social and political issues as well as the bones of everyday life.” The magic of songs, poetry with melodies and rhythm, has always allowed us to share our deepest human experiences and his songs are bound to touch you in some way.
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