Buddy Moss

Eugene "Buddy" Moss (January 16, 1914, Jewell, Georgia - October 19, 1984, Atlanta, Georgia) was an American East Coast blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and harmonica player. He was one of twelve children from a sharecropping family in Warren county. When he was four years old his family moved to Augusta, Georgia, where he taught himself how to play the harmonica in order to entertain people at parties. He spent the next ten years in Augusta until he picked up and moved to Atlanta where he met up with the likes of Barbecue Bob and Curley Weaver. ...show more

Eugene "Buddy" Moss (January 16, 1914, Jewell, Georgia - October 19, 1984, Atlanta, Georgia) was an American East Coast blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and harmonica player. He was one of twelve children from a sharecropping family in Warren county. When he was four years old his family moved to Augusta, Georgia, where he taught himself how to play the harmonica in order to entertain people at parties. He spent the next ten years in Augusta until he picked up and moved to Atlanta where he met up with the likes of Barbecue Bob and Curley Weaver.

They were impressed with Moss's aptitude on the harmonica at such a young age, and Moss accompanied them with the Georgia Cotton Pickers in a recording session at the Campbell Hotel in Atlanta in December 1930. This was Moss's first recording experience ever. Moss stayed busy in the next three years teaching himself how to play the guitar and in January 1933, Moss put out his own record through the American Recording Company in New York City. Paul Oliver said, "His first titles revealed him as a competent guitarist with a swinging style that made effective use of bass string rhythms and of raising a note by 'hammering on.'" This first recording session consisted of eleven tunes, and by mid-September 1933 he was recording another twelve songs.

This time, however, Curley Weaver and Blind Willie McTell were accompanying him. The summer of 1934 saw Moss outselling everyone in the industry and continued to do that when he teamed up with Josh White in 1935. Moss was arrested that year however for either murdering his wife or fighting to the death with one of his rivals, depending on which source you read. He was released from the Georgia prison system six years later due to good behavior and a good word from James Baxter Long, Blind Boy Fuller's "manager." This may have been due to the fact that Blind Boy Fuller was dying and Long needed another star. ...show less