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Moss Nicks Zep and ZZ in New Release

Blue Bella Records Blue Bella Records will release four new releases on March 16, 2010. Nick Moss returns with his eighth studio album, Privileged which pays homage to his rock influences, while The Kilborn Alley Blues Band offers up their third release on the imprint, Better Off Now. Blue Bella Records also announces debuts by two new additions to the label: Cash Box Kings with I-94 Blues and Matthew Stubbs with Medford & Main. All CDs will be distributed nationally by Burnside Distribution.

After seven traditional blues releases (along with two Blues Blast Music Award wins and sixteen 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 is stretching beyond the traditional Blues idiom. He has expanded his sound without losing his identity. That change can be heard on “Born Leader” as well as new originals “Privileged At Birth” and “Tear ’Em Down.” Those songs, combined with Moss’ 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,” according to a Blue Bella press release. Moss incorporates those topical songs with his more traditional side, represented by his cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Louise,” and his original tune, “Georgia Redsnake.”

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