Moss Teams Up With Acclaimed Musicians

February 18, 2011 Moss teams up with acclaimed musicians Local musician Pat Moss’ love of blues dates back to the ‘60s, and his latest album showcases his spiritual philosophy toward music. By JOSH NEWTON Staff Writer The Tahlequah Daily Press Fri Feb 18, 2011, 10:04 AM CST TAHLEQUAH — Anyone close to local musician Pat Moss probably knows the beginning of his career. As Moss likes to tell it, he first danced with a girl during a 1961 birthday party, with a 45 RPM vinyl record of blues musician Jimmie Reed playing in the background. He fell in love with blues and soul, and later that year, his father bought him the Stella guitar that sparked Moss’ journey into music. Moss recently released “Jook Joint Preacher,” featuring original songs he says bears witness to his spirituality. The album came about through an unexpected meeting. “One of my heroes was O.V. Wright, a soul singer back in the ‘60s,” said Moss. “He was the first star who came out of Royal Studios, a recording studio in Memphis.” At the helm of Royal Studios was the late Willie Mitchell, a soul, rock ‘n’ roll, pop and rhythm and blues record producer and arranger. He’d been famous for his Hi Records label, which released albums for soul artists like Al Green. “On the anniversary of O.V.’s passing, they were having a little thing in Memphis, back in 2008, and I went to it,” said Moss. “Well, one of the things everyone did was take a tour of Royal Studios. I got there early, and when I got there, there was Willie Mitchell, sitting there. We met and introduced ourselves.” One thing led to another, and Mitchell listened to a demo CD of Moss and the Jook Joint Revival. “He’d asked what type, and so he listened, and said, ‘Yeah, we can record that here,’” said Moss. Work on the project continued, and Moss was able to work on “Jook Joint Preacher” with several members of the Hi Rhythm Section, which was the famous house band of Hi Records back in the ‘70s – including musicians Howard Grimes, Leroy Hodges, and Charles Hodges. His latest project features nine originals by Moss, and the talents of Grimes on drums, Leroy Hodges on bass, Charles Hodges on keys, Tony Mathews on guitar, Dave Carr on saxophone, Boo Mitchell on cabasa and Julie Moss on backing vocals. The project has several solo songs in the “bottleneck” style, according to Moss, and runs about 45 minutes long. “We held a CD release Sept. 11 last year, at the Ground Zero Club in Memphis,” said Moss. Moss and his band, the Jook Joint Revival – featuring Ken Jones, Domenica Lovera, Julie Moss, Rudy Scott, Frank Swain, and Tammy Ridgeway – have garnered quite a following in their travels across the nation, specifically the south. They will be part of a double hometown CD release, along with Randy Crouch, April 2 at Roxie’s along State Highway 10. It can be purchased online at Online reviews have labeled the CD as “church with a serious groove.” Moss believes music is “underestimated as a force for good in the world.” He said his involvement in social justice struggles allows him to use music to give others a voice “when something needs to be said.” He’s also witnessed the healing power of music in diverse – and, at times, adverse – settings. “There are more talented musicians than me, everywhere, but it’s hard to find anyone that gets into it like I do,” Moss told one online CD retailer. “I have enough fun for a whole crowd of folks.” Text Only Copyright 2011 Tahlequah Daily Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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