Australian guitar icon Ian Moss has announced the release of his first studio album in eight years. The self-titled album – to be released on 2 March 2018 – is Mossy’s first solo album in nine years and his first of all original material in 22 years.
“It’s a little overdue,” Ian Moss says of his new album, in his typical understated way.
The new album will be available on CD, limited edition green Vinyl and Digitally and can be pre-ordered on all formats now from here.
Ian has also announced his a national theatre tour which will take in performances, with his full band, in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Launceston, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.
General public tickets for all shows on sale Friday, 8 December at 9:00am (local times).
The new album is also Mossy’s finest collection of songs since his multi-platinum, ARIA Award-winning solo debut, 1989’s Matchbook. And it’s his most personal record yet. Mossy co-wrote every song on the album, aside from My Suffering, a beautiful song which was written by his Cold Chisel bandmate and dear friend Steve Prestwich, who died in 2011.
“It means a lot to me that there’s a little bit of Steve on this album,” Mossy says.
There are other little nods to Cold Chisel: Charley Drayton – who joined Chisel after Steve’s passing – plays on ten tracks. Don Walker’s piano punctuates A Girl Like You, which name-checks one of Chisel’s favourite haunts when they moved to Sydney in the ’70s, the Manzil Room. And the album was produced by Peter Walker, who also produced Cold Chisel’s self-titled debut in 1978.
Put simply, Ian Moss – known as Mossy to his legion of fans – is part of Australian music’s soul. Originally from Alice Springs, he became one of the voices of Cold Chisel and a revered guitar hero. In 2014, Mossy’s fellow musicians ranked him Australia’s greatest guitarist in a News Corp poll.
A highlight of the album is the stunning soul ballad, Broadway, which Mossy wrote about missing his son, Julian when he’s on the road.
Mossy co-wrote eight of the songs with Sydney singer-songwriter Sam Hawksley, who’s now based in the US, where he’s a member of the BoDeans.
“I can’t wait for people to hear this record,” Mossy says. “I’m really proud of it.”
It’s no accident that the album is self-titled. This is the pure stuff. Classic Mossy.
In 2007 he told the Sydney Morning Herald, “I haven’t made my definitive album yet.” Ten years later with the self-titled Ian Moss, he might have just done that.