A few of us were talking before Nick Moss Band took the stage at the Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City Thursday night as part of the B102.7 Blues Series and one of the topics that came up was live shows vs. CD's. You can hear the music on a CD, but with so many of the blues artists out there, it's all about the performance. And what a performance we got to see Thursday night!

The Nick Moss Band has been bringing true Chicago Blues around the world for 25 years in one form or another and have 18 Blues Music Awards to their credit to show just how talented they are. But Moss has surrounded himself with one of the top touring bands in the business right now. The addition of singer/guitarist Michael Ledbetter, whose background in opera should give you an idea of his vocal range has become the final piece in the puzzle. Drummer Patrick Seals, bass player Nick Fane, and fantastic keyboardist Taylor Streiff come together each night to blend traditional Chicago blues with soul, funk, R&B, and rock & roll into a show that has something for everyone and leaves you wanting more.

The band is touring in support of 'Time Ain't Free' which has already garnered critical acclaim and award nominations, but again, almost pales when compared to the stage show that these five men put on each night.

Doing what I do gives me a little bit of a 'behind the scenes' look at artists and bands and I can absolutely tell you that what you see on the stage is what you experience off it. They truly enjoy being around each other. We had a chance to talk to them at dinner before the show, and got to congratulate Ledbetter on becoming a daddy to a beautiful baby girl recently. To eavesdrop on conversations before the show and see the smiles on all their faces let's you know that the guys are family on and off the stage.

On the stage, they tore through a nearly two hour set that could easily have gone twice as long. From shuffles to slow songs, to rockers, to a brand new song about the riots in Ferguson to a rollicking tribute to one of Moss' heroes in BB King, the crowd ate up every note from the first to the last and stood, screaming their appreciation to the end. Bottom line, the next time you get a chance to see the Nick Moss Band live, do it. They are one of the top bands touring in the blues today and put on a great show every single night.

It was another great night at the Hard Rock with the Thursday Night Blues Series which will continue at least through the end of the year. Here's the upcoming schedule for the next few weeks: October 23 is Shannon Curfman, October 30th is Corey Stevens; November 6th is Devon Allman Band and November 13th is Bernard Allison Group. Get the complete calendar of events at the Hard Rock here, and remember to order your general admission tickets to any of the Thursday Blues Series Shows and enter the code word "Crash" to get your tickets for just $5 each!


Here's a couple of videos of the band when they were in Sioux Falls earlier this year and we had them in studio: