Nick Moss and the Flip Tops (#913)

Ensemble-style Chicago blues learned from the masters.

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Chicago blues performer Nick Moss, nominated for a 2003 W.C. Handy Blues Award for Best New Artist Debut, brings his band, the Flip Tops, to the Jubilee stage for a performance taped at the 2003 W.C. Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, KY. The program also includes an interview with Moss.

Raised outside Chicago, Moss discovered his passion for the blues as a high school student. During a six-month hospital stay for a kidney ailment, he spent most of his time practicing on a bass lent to him by his older brother, guitarist Joe Moss. At age 20, Nick was asked by guitarist Jimmy Dawkins to perform with him on the road, and that experience led to an invitation from former Muddy Waters drummer William “Big Eyes” Smith to join him on tour.

Moss spent the next four years playing with Smith, whom he calls his “second father.” His time with Smith, along with three years as Jimmy Rogers’ second guitarist, immersed Moss in the postwar Chicago blues ensemble sound, a hallmark of his solo work. As frontman and songwriter of Nick Moss and the Flip Tops, Moss is finding that his years as an understudy are paying off.

As of their Jubilee debut, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops had released three recordings: First Offense, Got a New Plan, and Count Your Blessings.