Live at Chans is the first live album from guitarist Nick Moss, and the follow-up to his last CD, Sadie Mae, which garnered stellar reviews, strong radio support and extended features in several guitar magazines about the blues guitar prowess of Moss. That wave of acclaim for Sadie Mae also brought nominations for "Album of the Year" and "Traditional Album of the Year" from The Blues Foundations 2006 Blues Awards, at which Nick and the band also performed.
Live at Chans is Nicks present to all his fans whove clamored for a live recording from the Chicago Blues guitar master and it plays just like one of his shows: honest, energized and visceral! Live at Chans is the perfect showcase not only for Nicks blistering, soulful guitar and vocals, but also the amazing keyboard work of Piano Willie Oshawny, the multi-talented bass, harp and guitar playing of Gerry Hundt and the solid drumming of Victor Spann, all road-tested vets with the band over the last year or so. Added to the great ensemble playing is special guest "Monster" Mike Welch for three tracks on guitar. The songs include a number of fan favorites from his previous four studio CDs, as well as some new originals and choice band covers.
Born and raised near Chicago, Moss has effectively captured the classic sound of 1950s-style Chicago blues as exemplified by Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Otis Rush and Buddy Guy. Before going out on his own, Nick went to "blues school" by going out on the road and recording with such artists as Jimmy Dawkins, the Legendary Blues Band, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Big Bill Morganfield and - most notably - legendary guitarist Jimmy Rogers, who was Nicks primary influence and mentor for the almost three years Nick was in his band as second guitarist.