GUITAR MAN: Ian Moss rose to the top of Australian music as guitarist and some-times vocalist with Cold Chisel and will play an acoustic show at Wangaratta on August 26.WHEN Ian Moss recorded his acousticSix Strings album in 2005, it was new ground for the Australian music Hall of Fame guitarist but close to his heart.
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“Basically, if you haven’t started off with a great song, no amount of jumping up PAs and theatrics and histrionics is gonna make your song great,” he says.

“There’s a saying that if a song’s great then it’s going to work with one bloke and an acoustic guitar … andthat’s how most songs are written. Every Cold Chisel song was written by Don (Walker) on the piano, I wrote half of Bow River in my head and the rest just sitting there with an acoustic guitar.

“The genesis of every song is just one guy sitting there playing it and signing it.

“I’m no young bloke any more and my audience is … the audience has moved and and it has come back to wanting to enjoy the song and enjoy the music and that’s what it all starts with.”

For Six Strings, and the Six Strings Classic tour, Moss deconstructs Chisel’siconic Aussie pub rock songs such as Bow River, Flame Trees, Saturday Night and My Baby, gives his solo hits Tucker’s Daughter, Such A Beautiful ThingandTelephone Booth the same treatment and throws some timeless classics drawing on his first musical love –soul and blues.

“I looked toa genre of music I really love, that’s why I do songs like Georgia On My Mind, Cry Me A River and Angel Eyes, just giving people an insight into what inspired me to do the things I do today.

Ian MossThe LowdownWhat: Ian Moss –Six Strings ClassicsWhen: August 26, Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, 7pm Tickets: $55 This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.