Tod Moses

Beatles Get The Blues

For my next project, I have started work – with a little help from my friends – on a new album of Blues covers of Beatles songs.  Tentatively titled ‘Blue Beatle’, the new album will involve lots of different musicians from around Vermont and New Hampshire and even jump into the ‘way-back machine’ to bring back together some musicians I played with as a teenager, in Akron Ohio.  For the Akron lineup, I will even make the move back to my original instrument, the drum kit and record the rhythm section tracks in the auditorium of my alma mater, Kenmore High School.

But wait, there’s more… Not only will there be a new album but a concert launch party, a documentary and eventually a DVD of the concert.  All profits will go to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital, where – I guess this is as good a time as any to say – I am now a patient.  Now before you get all maudlin on me, my prognosis is VERY good, after I have prostate surgery this fall.  I will not be missing any beats here folks. Onward and upward.

Joining me on this project (so far) are Bow Thayer, Paul Moses and Chris Whitehouse from Fujita 5, Ted Mortimer from Dr. Burma, Doug McKelfy from John Lackard Blues Band, Pete Meijer, Jimmi Brewer and John Sigafoos from The Gully Boys, Rick Clogston and Jon Sindorf from the Red Hat Band, and from the old days in Northeast Ohio, Joe Hogler, Terry Fairfax, and Chris Steiner, to name a few.

This story is dripping with irony, because the way this idea really came together and my initial interest in Norris Cotton as a charitable partner predates my cancer diagnosis.  I originally had the idea for this album as the follow-up for That Album, by Ya Know? THAT BAND, but we disbanded before it came to pass.  The idea stuck with me though, and when I realized that Fujita 5 was going to need some down time to regroup, the Beatles thing came bubbling back to the surface.  However this time, I thought it would be great to do a project bringing in as many of my musician friends as possible, but no sooner did that idea surface than I realized the difficulty of dividing up royalties amongst all those different musicians.  That’s just too much headache for an independent musician, so I thought “why not just donate the profits to charity?”  There were two charities that came immediately to mind and NCCC was already the heavy favorite before I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Life is a funny thing, isn’t it?

So now I find myself in the interesting position of being a spokesman for early prostate screening for younger men, with a family history of prostate cancer, as well as owning your own health care.  I consider it one of the greatest honors of my life to be working with the good people at Norris Cotton Cancer center, and all of these talented and supportive musician friends. More on that later.

We will be announcing dates for the album release and the release party concert in the next week or so, along with a new crowdfunding project where, you can support a great cause and pre-order CD’s DVDS and a bunch of other goodies, so stay tuned because we are going to need your help to really push this thing over the top.