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Nick Moss Earns 16th Blues Music Award Nomination for 'Here I Am'

Many of you may know by now, but Nick Moss has once again been nominated for a pristigious Blues Music Award. This makes 16 nominations since he was up for "Best New Artist Debut" back in 2003 with his release, 'Got A New Plan' (Blue Bella 1002)!

From The Blues Foundation website: The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the nominations for their annual Blues Music Awards, which the international organization will present at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, TN, on May 9, 2013. The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded musicians and songwriters in Blues music. The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for Blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world. The focus of this celebration is to recognize superior achievements in Blues performance, songwriting, and recording while honoring a rich cultural tradition.

This year, Nick Moss is nominated for "Best Blues Rock Album" for 'Here I Am', his ninth release on his own Blue Bella Records label. Featured songs on the release include, "It'll Turn Around" (an inspirational track featuring the powerful vocals of Michael Ledbetter), "Candy Nation" (a song poking fun at America's pharmaceutical craze), and "Why You So Mean?" But the ENTIRE CD is just killer. It debuted at #2 on the Relix/Jambands Radio Chart, and at #6 on the Living Blues Radio Chart! Even guitar great Jimmy Thackery offered his praise: "Nick is at it again here, pushing the evolution of his music, stylistically as well as sonically. The tunes are genuine and intense."

Remember, you must be a member of the Blues Foundation in good standing in order to vote. If you're not already a member, you can join for as little as $25! Visit www.blues.org for more info.

“With a perfect mix of tradition and innovation, Here I Am is another grand slam for Nick Moss.” —Elmore Magazine

Nick Moss to Welcome Curtis Salgado in Chicago - June 8-12!

May 13, 2011 -- Blue Bella recording artist Nick Moss welcomes his friend and colleague Curtis Salgado to perform with his band, The Flip Tops (Travis Reed, Nik Skilnik and Patrick Seals) for a string of Chicago performances centered around the 28th Annual Chicago Blues Festival.

Singer/songwriter/harmonica player Curtis Salgado’s illustrious career spans decades, and he has played a major role in the evolution of the modern blues scene. He was the inspiration for John Belushi's creation of The Blues Brothers. He coined the phrase “Master of the Telecaster” for Albert Collins. He sang lead vocals and played harmonica with the Robert Cray Band, was frontman for the national blues act, Roomful of Blues, and toured for a summer in '95 as vocalist and harmonica player with Santana. Winner of the 2010 Blues Music Award for “Best Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year,” Salgado now tours the world with his own stellar band, but is taking the weekend off to make this special appearance with his friend, Chicago's own Nick Moss.

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Don’t miss your chance(s) to witness this incredible pairing of blues talent!

Wed, June 8 - Buddy Guy's Legends (Chicago, IL) NARAS Blues Festival Kickoff Party - 6pm to midnight

Thurs, June 9 - Chuck's Southern Comfort Cafe (Burbank, IL) - 8:00 pm

Friday, June 10 - House Of Blues / Back Porch Stage (Chicago, IL) – 9:30 pm

Saturday, June 11 - Buddy Guy's Legends (Chicago, IL) – 11:00 am

Saturday, June 11 - Windy City Blues Society "Street Stage" - 4:20 pm

Saturday, June 11 - Rosa's Lounge (Chicago) – 10:00 pm

Sunday, June 12 – Annual Jazz Record Mart Brunch (27 E. Illinois, Chicago) – 10am to noon

Sunday, June 12 – The 28th Annual Chicago Blues Festival – 1:00 pm

Detailed list of dates & more info available here: http://www.facebook.com/notes/nick-moss-the-flip-tops/nick-moss-to-feature-curtis-salgado-on-string-of-chicago-dates-june-8-thru-12/10150200092906785

Nick Moss Wins 2nd Place in the Blues Category of the 2010 ISC!

May 12, 2011 -- The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), the world's preeminent global songwriting event, is pleased to announce its 2010 winners. Called “the songwriting competition to take note of,” by the New York Times, ISC was established in 2002 and awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes to amateur and professional songwriters around the globe. Winners are selected from over 15,000 songs submitted from 115 countries worldwide.

In the "Blues" Category, Nick Moss took 2nd Place Honors with "Georgia Redsnake," from his critically-acclaimed 2010 release Privileged...

BLUES WINNERS: First Place "Daddy's Little Girl" - John McAneney, Jesse O'Brien - The Johnny Max Band (Mississauga, ON, Canada)

Second Place "Georgia Redsnake" - Nick Moss (Elgin, IL, USA)

Third Place "Rock 'N' Roll Ride" - Thorbjorn Risager (Copenhagen, Denmark)

For a complete list of 2010 ISC winners and to hear the winning songs, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners

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The judges who selected the 2010 winners included:

Recording Artists: Peter Gabriel; Rihanna; Kings of Leon; Tom Waits; Ben Harper; Jeff Beck; Kelly Clarkson; Timbaland; Keane; McCoy Tyner; Ben Folds; Train; Robbie Williams; Joe Nichols; Michael W. Smith; John Scofield; Jerry Lee Lewis; Regina Spektor; Alejandro Sanz; Jeremy Camp; Terence Blanchard; Ray Wylie Hubbard; Montel Jordan; John Mayall; Craig Morgan; Jazmine Sullivan; DJ Tiësto; James Cotton; Sandra Bernhard; Robert Earl Keen; Baaba Maal; Wynonna; John Digweed; K'Naan; Adele; Black Francis (The Pixies); Robert Smith (The Cure); Chris Hillman (The Byrds); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; and Dan Zanes

Industry Executives: Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); Amanda Ghost (President, Epic Records); Rick Krim (Exec. VP, Talent & Music Programming, VH1); Brian Malouf (VP A&R, Walt Disney Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony/BMG); Ric Arboit (President, Nettwerk Music Group); Daniel Glass (Founder/CEO, Glassnote Entertainment Group); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Dr. Demento (Radio Host, The Dr. Demento Show); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music Records and Putumayo Kids); Lisa Ramsey Perkins (Sr. Director, A&R Sony Nashville); Kim Buie (VP A&R, Lost Highway); Douglas C. Cohn (Sr. VP, Music Marketing & Promotion, Nickelodeon); Leib Ostrow (CEO, Music For Little People); Brad Schwartz (Sr. VP/Gen. Mgr, Much MTV Group); and Tommy Morris (Talent Coordinator, The Comedy Store)

For more on Nick Moss, visit http://www.nickmoss.com

NEW CD, 'Privileged' - IN STORES 3/16/10!


CHICAGO, IL – After seven critically-acclaimed traditional blues releases (along with two Blues Blast Music Award wins and 16 Blues Music Award nominations under his band’s collective belt), Nick Moss is taking a fresh approach and heading in an exciting new direction on Privileged. As Blogcritic Josh Hathaway writes in the liner notes, “Privileged represents a change in direction but not inspiration. Before Nick met Jimmy Rogers, Jimmy Dawkins and Lurrie Bell, he met their musical offspring in the form of Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers, Free, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, Cream and other legends who drew their inspiration from Mississippi’s Delta and the immortal treasures that sprang from his beloved nearby Chicago.”

Moss has written some of the finest songs of his career, and by stretching beyond the traditional blues idiom, he has expanded his sound without losing his identity. That growth can be heard in the album’s first track, “Born Leader” as well as new originals “Privileged At Birth” and “Tear ’Em Down.” Those songs, combined with Moss’ stunning covers of Cream’s classic “Politician” and Stephen Stills’ “For What It’s Worth,” continue the path Moss began with his award-winning song “Mistakes From The Past” (from 2007’s Play It 'Til Tomorrow) to form a narrative that looks forward and back to assess current events. Perhaps Moss’ greatest achievement on Privileged is creating a musical universe diverse enough to incorporate those topical songs with his more traditional side, represented by his cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Louise,” and his original tune, “Georgia Redsnake.” And what Moss album would be complete without the instrumental that puts Moss’ skills as one of the top guitarists of his generation center stage? The eight-minute album closer, “Bolognious Funk,” combines his incendiary lead with one of the hardest grooves he’s ever recorded.