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Nick Moss and the Fliptops - featuring John Nemeth
-- by Shannon --

Nick MossTuesday, July 26th 2005
House of Blues, Chicago

I was told by my fiancé that he was playing w/ Nick at the HOB w/ John Nemeth. He said, "Babe have you heard of him?" I was too excited to answer. "Have I heard of him?" I said "he is fantastic-wait till you hear his voice!!" Well needless to say I marked my calendar and made sure I went with Willie to Chicago on Tuesday night.

I don't have to tell you all how fabulous Nick and his band are-this you should know! Nick is one of the greatest young Chicago blues artists. He has a passion and talent that is very unique. You know how you can just look at someone perform and think that they have that spark? Well, Nick is definitely that type of performer. There is never a dull moment when he is up on stage. The band is top-notch quality and is doing terrific while promoting their latest release "Sadie Mae".

Also, I was interested to see the new drummer that has joined Nick (for the time being), Wes Starr from Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets. I have seen this cat perform a few times with Anson and he didn't disappoint on this evening. You can tell Starr has been around dealing his brand of blues on the drums for quite sometime-since 1979 to be exact! He has been with Anson since 1991 and continues to tour w/ him extensively. He is currently on break w/ Anson due to Sam Myers recent operation. Sam is expected to recover shortly and the band will be back touring soon.

Then there was John Nemeth and his oh so tremendous voice. Not only does this guy play one mean harmonica, but boy can he sing his heart out! John has been doing the blues thing for over a decade now and is residing in the bay area. He has also toured in Canada, Scandinavia, and most of the US.

I feel that John is one of the brighter spots of harmonica/singing blues. He has been described as having a rich harmonica tone that easily brings to mind Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter." Be on the lookout for this cat and many good things to come from him in the near future.

The crowd was digging the sounds through the midnight hour. I left after two sets but the energy was still going strong at the House of Blues. It's well worth the trip to Chicago to check out the art deco atmosphere of the HOB. There are one of a kind paintings on the walls and the restaurant has pics of many blues acts and legends, below are links to various websites of interest!

www.nickmoss.com | www.johnnemethblues.com
| www.hob.com
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