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Blues Approved

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Blues Approved
Blues Approved


In Winston-Salem, NC, guitarist Sam Moss is a legend - A superior, highly versatile musician whose advocacy for the blues and mastery of the nuances of electric blues-based soloing somewhat paralleled Mike Bloomfield's in Chicago, Moss was an inspiring, charismatic mentor to generations of North Carolina rockers, including Let's Active and The dB's. He was a larger-than-life character whose club appearances astounded local audiences, yet he never released a record in his lifetime. So, producer Chris Stamey was thrilled to discover, in 2020, on the end of an old tape, forgotten masters of Blues Approved, a spectacular Stax- and Muscle Shoals-influenced solo record, made with Mitch Easter in 1977. This 'great lost' record reveals that Moss was also a soulful songwriter and singer. It has now been carefully remixed and produced for release, with a deluxe booklet featuring detailed liner notes and bio, session notes by Easter, and lots of vivid color photos. Peter Holsapple (The dB's) says, 'Sam Moss was an inspiration to so many of us; with the release of Blues Approved, people everywhere will understand why.'


  1. Name
  2. Rooster Blood
  3. King of My Hill
  4. Aint That Peculiar
  5. Vida Blanche
  6. If You See My Baby
  7. Trying to Do Better
  8. To Those Still at Sea
  9. My Man Mike
  10. Nightflight Over Berlin
  11. PJ
  12. Act Naturally
  13. Pleasant Valley Sunday
  14. Cant Get Used to Losing You
  15. Whos Driving Your Plane?
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