The blues has always been a genre that speaks to the soul, evoking deep emotions and showcasing raw musical talent. The Nick Moss Band, accompanied by harmonica virtuoso and New Jersey native Dennis Gruenling, delivers a powerful and captivating blues experience with their album Get Your Back Into It. This collaboration is a testament to the timeless appeal and electrifying energy of the blues.
Out of the gate, the first track, it's evident that this album is a force to be reckoned with, sets the tone with “The Bait in The Snare,” its infectious groove, slick guitar work, and Gruenling's scorching harmonica solos. The chemistry between Moss and Gruenling is undeniable, as they effortlessly complement each other's skills and bring out the best in one another.
One thing that stands out from this album is the musicianship displayed by each member of the band. On tunes like “Get Your Back Into It,” “Living In Heartache,”“Scratch ‘N Sniff,” and the sexy “Choose Wisely” Moss's guitar playing is nothing short of exceptional, combining impeccable technique with soulful expression. His solos are fiery and passionate, leaving the listener craving more. Gruenling's mastery of the harmonica is awe-inspiring, as he effortlessly maneuvers through complex melodies and adds a unique flavor to every song.
The infectious energy and enthusiasm captured in the recording are reflective of the band's live performances. It's evident that The Nick Moss Band and Dennis Gruenling are not only talented musicians but also passionate about what they do. The authenticity and love for the blues shine through in every note, leaving a lasting impression on the listener.
Get Your Back Into It is a testament to the enduring power of the blues and a reminder of its place in the musical landscape. It serves as a celebration of the genre's rich heritage while injecting a fresh and contemporary energy that will undoubtedly appeal to both seasoned blues enthusiasts and newcomers alike. The album speaks to the skill and dedication of The Nick Moss Band and Dennis Gruenling, solidifying their status as formidable forces in the blues scene.
Get Your Back Into It is a must-have for any blues aficionado or anyone seeking an authentic and soul-stirring musical experience. The Nick Moss Band and Dennis Gruenling deliver a tour de force of blues mastery that will leave you craving more.
Reviewed by Vincent Barcelona
Label: Alligator Records
Co-produced by: Nick Moss and Rodrigo Mantovani
Artist Website: www.NickMossBand.com
Musicians: Nick Moss/Guitar, Vocals; Dennis Gruenling/Harmonica, Vocals on “Man On The Move” and “Your Bark Is Worse Than Your Bite”; Taylor Streiff: Piano and Keyboards; Rodrigo Mantovani: Upright and Electric Bass, Percussion; Pierce Downer: Drums. With “Sax” Gordon Beadle: Saxophones and “Brother” John Kattke: Organ on “Out Of The Woods.”