Menu
Entertainment

Iconic Moss now all soul

Enjoying the status of one of Australia’s best guitarists, Ian Moss has evolved into a fine solo artist.
Enjoying the status of one of Australia’s best guitarists, Ian Moss has evolved into a fine solo artist.

RESPECTED as one of Australia's iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound.

While primarily recognised as an axeman of unusual tenacity and sweet melodic sensibility, Ian's distinctive vocal is the essential signature of his soulful, bluesy muse - as it has been since his first tentative foray into music during the early 1970s.

Born and raised in Alice Springs, Mossy started playing guitar in local teenage bands before moving to Adelaide, where he answered an advertisement in a shop window in 1973 for a guitarist, joining the band that was to become a legend in Australia - Cold Chisel.

By 1980, with the release of the seminal East album, Cold Chisel was the biggest band in the country. Moreover, they defined a national sound - hard-driving rock chased by a shot of blues, lyrics depicting the Australian experience and resonating powerfully with young working-class fans.

Moss's voice began to shine through seminal Cold Chisel songs, such as Never Before, Bow River and a gorgeous rendition of Ray Charles' Georgia.

While the band's Last Stand tour in December, 1983, closed an important chapter in Ian Moss's musical career, Cold Chisel remains one of Australia's favourite bands long after its demise.

Enjoying the status of Australia's best guitarist, Moss evolved into a solo artist and his debut single, Tucker's Daughter, caused an immediate sensation.

His debut album, Matchbook, entered the charts at No.1 and sold more than 185,000 copies.

When he went back out on the road, Moss's live shows drew a hoard of Chisel faithful and a league of new fans.

In 1990, Mossy took his music to the world, touring and gaining airplay across Scandinavia and northern Europe.

In 1995, he changed direction to embrace the blues in bolder fashion, and in the studio this translated to recording a much tougher album than his previous releases suggested, Petrolhead.

A Cold Chisel reunion during 1998 - both in the studio for the recording of new material and subsequent touring to promote the resulting Last Wave of Summer album - put Ian back in the national spotlight as a showman and musician of dazzling ability.

During 2005, Moss's musical output took another exciting fresh turn. He was invited to record an album of acoustic songs for Liberation Music, and the Six Strings album - part of the Liberation Blue label's engaging acoustic series - was the result.

"It took a bit of nerve for me to unplug and play acoustic, but it injected this freshness into my playing," he said. "It was a significant new path for me."

In 2008, Moss was on the Australian television series It Takes Two, singing duets with celebrities.

"When I put aside the guitar and sang a few soul ballads on that show, people were suddenly listening to me differently. They'd say 'Yeah, we knew you sang, but we didn't know you could really sing'. It was both flattering and frustrating. I kept wondering what they thought I'd been doing for past 30 years."

Mossy is now allowing his guitar work to take a back seat while he concentrates on singing, which is the focus of his new album, Soul on West 53rd, featuring fresh takes on classic soul songs from the likes of Sam Cooke, Al Green, Otis Redding and Levi Stubbs.

Topics:  ian moss live entertainment sawtell rsl



Scaffolding comes down on Coffs Central

UPGRADE: The new-look of Gowings' Coffs Central shopping centre is being unveiled.

Facade of Gowings' Coffs Central has been revealed in part

Waist deep only: lifeguards warn of dangerous swells

BIG SWELL: Lifeguards and life savers have urged beach-goers to be cautious on the beach with large swells expected.

Powerful swells are expected to peak at more than 3.5 metres today

Coffs opens its doors to a growing tourism market

ON THE RISE: The number of Airbnb listings on the Coffs Coast grew by 34 per cent last year.

Have you thought of letting a room or your house to a stranger?

Local Partners

Stallone reveals who’ll play Ivan Drago’s son

DOLPH Lundgren is set to reprise his role as Ivan Drago in Creed 2, due out later this year. See the mountain of a man who’s going to play his son.

MAFS groom: ‘We’re talking KFC and a root’

Ryan Gallagher (right) on KIIS FM’s naked dating segment in February 2017.

Ryan Gallagher appeared on Kyle and Jackie O’s naked dating segment.

Michelle Obama sizzles in a bikini

Michelle Obama, right, and her eldest daughter Malia (left) soaked up the sun in Miami. Picture: Splash

FORMER First Lady Michelle Obama has sizzled in a bikini while holidaying

Sophie Monk stacks it in ‘unco’ skiing accident

Sophie Monk injures herself while skiing in Canada. Picture: Supplied/Sophie Monk, Instagram

She can be seen falling on the ground after she tries to sit down

AUSTRALIA DAY: What you missed in Triple M backlash

Amanda Keller and Brendan Jones are the stars of WSFM, a Sydney station that is also playing all Aussie music on Australia Day. Picture: John Feder

Triple M copped a serve for scoring points off Invasion Day

Margot Robbie stuns in Paris

She’s in Paris! Margot Robbie has taken I, Tonya to France.

Robbie looked every inch the movie star at the premiere of I, Tonya.

Zeta-Jones defends hubby over harassment claims

Catherine Zeta-Jones is standing by her husband, Michael Douglas.

MICHAEL Douglas has denied alleged sex act.