Buddy Moss, along with Blind Blake and Blind Boy Fuller, was one of the most influential East Coast guitarists of the 30's. Moss' style derived from his uncommon skill and dexterity. This substantial compilation has some of his best, including "Red River", "Kansas City" and "Oh Lawdy Mama". From the archives of Biograph Records.
Down Beat - 1/96, p.493 Stars
- Good - "A master of the Piedmont blues style and a songwriter of note..."
Living Blues - 3-4/96, p.108
"...fans of his warm, intimate brand of East Coast blues will find this disc to be a valuable addition to his too-slim discography..."
ATLANTA BLUES LEGEND includes seven previously unreleased tracks.
Personnel includes: Buddy Moss (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Jeff Espina (guitar, harmonica); J.J. (guitar).
Personnel: Buddy Moss (guitar); J.J. (guitar); Jeff Espina (harmonica).
Recorded live on June 10, 1966 at a Washington, D.C. concert, this 11-song album (fleshed out to 18 numbers on CD with additional live tracks from elsewhere) was considered miraculous in its own time, and remains so. Moss' fingering was slowed only slightly from the ravages of time, and his voice had aged beautifully. He gets sympathetic harmonica accompaniment (some of it most impressive, especially on "Pushin' It") from Jeff Espina and occasional help (seemingly unneeded) from a second guitarist billed only as "J.J." Moss, who was then either 52 or 60 years old, rises to the occasion, turning in some dazzling acoustic guitar work (check out "Comin' Back"), very moving and expressive singing, and overall a performance that one can only guess is uncannily like the kind he would've done 30 years earlier. Included are fresh renditions of "Oh Lawdy Mama" and Moss' own, unique renditions of "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" and "Key to the Highway" (done as a guitar showcase that would put Eric Clapton and Duane Allman to shame, and referred to here as "I've Got to Keep to the Highway"). One of the most impressive, and maybe the best, of all '60s rediscovery records by any '30s blues star; 64 minutes of pure golden blues. ~ Bruce Eder