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Ian Moss and Wes Carr 'Shake It Up' Tour

The voice of Ian Moss has modestly purred beneath his searing guitar playing for more than 30 years – but no longer. For his sixth solo album, Soul on West 53rd, Ian’s sweet, soaring vocal is the pivot around which famed American producer Danny Kortchmar has built a rich, soulful sound, drawing on classic songs from the likes of Sam Cooke, Al Green, Otis Redding and Bill Withers. Unleashing this surge of soul power has unlocked a whole new chapter in Mossy’s performing career, which ironically was triggered by his appearances on the television series It Takes Two that highlighted vocal duets.

“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. It showed that there was a different side of my music that hadn’t really been heard by enough people before.”

The vehicle for this expression is Soul on West 53rd, named after Avatar Studios in New York City (previously known as The Power Station) where the album was recorded. Its genesis was a strong rapport between Ian and Danny Kortchmar, who suggested a stunning array of songs that fit neatly with Mossy’s ideas. Working together, they mined a reef of classics – including Standing In The Shadows Of Love by The Four Tops and Shake by Otis Redding – and unearthed forgotten gems that oozed ageless charm. “I’d never even heard Any Day Now by Chuck Jackson until Danny played it to me, but you instantly recognise it as a great song. It’s classic soul that’s still going to sound fresh to an audience’s ears.” They even took a fresh slant on familiar songs, injecting rich soul to BB King’s great blues ballad Hummingbird.

And now Ian Moss will be taking his songs old and new on the road ‘round Australia with special guest Wes Carr on the national ‘Shake It Up’ tour.


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