BRET MOSLEY has toured tirelessly across the U.S.—200+ dates per year—for most of the past decade. His unreservedly original, deeply authentic sound has garnered an audience ranging from cowhands to bankers, from rastas to cops. Mosley played on NYC subway platforms for 10 years before making his first record, where a fan once said Mosley was “dead center between Hank Williams, Sr. and The Ohio Players”.
Rarely could an artist be said to transcend, yet include, the most raw and real elements of hill country blues, roots rock, folk, soul and funk. Nevertheless—with bone-deep authenticity—that’s exactly what Bret Mosley does, wrestling deftly with longing, belonging, and world-weariness...on the way home to hope & grace.
Bret's critically-acclaimed debut album, Light & Blood, was released in Dec '07 on Woodstock MusicWorks, and hailed as "a heart-felt masterpiece" by NeuFutur Magazine. The album's thirteen tracks were recorded in two days in March '07 by Pete Caigan (Bad Brains, Tony Levin) at Flymax Studio in Woodstock, NY. The record was mixed by Grammy-nominated engineer Roman Klun (Sarah McLachlan, Joan Osborne, Spin Doctors). Every track was performed live with no overdubs or punch-ins.
The result is at once lean and lush...a smoldering confessional work...soulful Americana laced with a driving groove. Light & Blood's SRO release party at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock was listed in the Top 5 Live Shows of 2007 by New York's Times-Record—just behind Jack Ingram, Ted Nugent, Queen Latifah and Bob Dylan.
Just after the release of Light & Blood, Mosley was playing a downtown NYC show. The venerated, archetypal musician’s musician Jerry Joseph was in attendance. That night changed the whole game for Bret.
“I met Jerry and sat in with him later that night…Jerry has invited me to tour and record with him off and on ever since. He opened up the entire U.S. to me as a touring artist.”
In 2008, Bret released Charge with Jerry Joseph and drummer Steve Drizos on Joseph’s Cosmo Sex School label.
Opening for George Porter, Jr., Trombone Shorty, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, the Subdudes, Patterson Hood, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jackie Greene, Good Enough For Good Times, Junior Brown, Donavon Frankenreiter, Jackie Greene, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Kaki King, Kelly Joe Phelps, et al—comparisons have included Chris Whitley, Xavier Rudd, Richie Havens, Van Morrison, Ben Harper and Taj Mahal.
Mosley's latest studio effort, X-ING, was released October 29, 2013 on his own Out Of The Park Records. He has begun production on his next record at Quarter After Blue Studios in Tupelo, MS. The project will feature guest appearances by several prominent Mississippi artists.
Mosley was recently married and finally came home—to a place he’d never been before—now living in the Perth Hills of Western Australia with his wife, celebrated cellist/songwriter/arranger Guenevere Measham-Mosley…and their new band, Darlington.