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Rediscovered recordings showcase work of local guitar legend Sam Moss
Sam Moss was a legendary musician in Winston-Salem for decades after his arrival in the 1960s. He was considered a mentor to many people, whether it was on the stage, or in the downtown guitar shop that he owned. But very little of his work has been heard by the public aside from his concert performances. That’s changed with the recent release of an album of re-discovered recordings Moss left behind.
The project began when musician and Winston-Salem native Chris Stamey took a pandemic break to go through some old tapes of his former band, the dB's.
“I found a master of Sam Moss that I didn’t realize existed, and it was a fantastic track, a song called ‘Rooster Blood,’" he says. “Once that King Tut tomb kind of opened, I found a few more things on an associated reel and started talking to people and other tapes surfaced. We found it was really a whole album.”
Mitch Easter, a musician and producer who found fame with the band Let’s Active, made the recordings in Chapel Hill more than 40 years ago. Stamey says Moss’ mentorship helped him, Easter and others create the music scene in Winston-Salem during that era.
“Sam Moss came to town in I think 1968 fully formed as a great guitar player,” he says. “And we were all trying to break the code of, you know, what is Eric Clapton doing? What is Buddy Guy doing and what is B.B. King doing? And Sam knew it and he would show us kids how it was done. He was like a light in the wilderness for all of our circle in the late 60s and early 70s.”
Moss was known more as a performer than a songwriter. That’s one of the exciting things about the release — it features a handful of songs that Moss actually wrote.
https://www.wfdd.org/story/rediscovered ... d-sam-moss
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