Nick Moss and Rick Estrin to Bragdøya Blues

nickmoss_l.jpgThere will be some top class American blues at this year's blues festival outside Kristiansand. Among the big names coming to the south of Norway, are Nick Moss, (pictured), and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats. This is the fourteenth time that the Christiansand Blues Club and the Bradgøya Kystlag join together to hold a blues fest on the idyllic island of Bragdøya.


Nick Moss is one of the of the most interesting artists coming out of the Chicago blues scene these days. As far as we can tell, this will be the first time he and his band, the Flip Tops, are in Norway. Nick Moss has had a number of good CD releases these last years, and his new CD, "Privileged" ( Blue Bella Records - ), is coming out in March.

nickmoss_hel.jpgNick's schooling began in earnest when he hooked up with The  Legendary Blues Band, featuring Muddy Waters Blues Band alumnus, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, on drums. The next deep-blues learning period for Nick, who had switched over from bass to guitar, was three years with Jimmy Rogers in the mid -90's.  Rogers, a major figure in the story of blues, taught Nick all about the special ensemble sound of authentic Chicago blues, i.e.,  the importance of listening closely to, and reacting to, his fellow musicians on the bandstand.
Towards the end of the 90's he formed his own band, The Flip Tops, touring frequently and releasing several albums. He has been nominated for blues awards many times. His 2006 release,"Sadie Mae", recieved two Blues Music Awards nominations, including "Blues Album of the Year". His next CD, "Live at Chan's", was also nominated in two categories.

Nick Moss is an "up and coming man" in international blues - he is pictured on the front of the American Blues Revue's last issue.
Nick Moss will have the guitarist Lurrie Bell, son of Carey Bell, in the band for his concerts in Norway.

Another band to look forward to is Rick Estrin & The Nightcats ( ). They should be well known to the Norwegian audience, since our own Kid Andersen has replaced veteran Little Charlie as guitarist in the band. Showman Estrin and his band have managed the restructuring well, and they are better than ever with the Kid's outstanding guitar work! The band is also nominated in several categories at the Blues Music Awards this May in Memphis.
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, from left Kid Andersen, Rick Estrin, Lorenzo Farrell og J Hansen.


Other bands appearing at Bragdøya Blues are Smitty's Corner Blues Band with Gro Gahre & Oddvar 'Sol' Solheim, Jimmy Jazz, Captain Knut and his Cabin Crew and Danish Blue Shot. The previously announced, Fernando Noronha & Black Soul, will not be appearing this year after all. (RE)