Eddie Huffman Special Correspondent
The first time Mitch Easter met Sam Moss as a young teenager, he didn’t understand everything Moss said. But his guitar said it all.
âHe was only two years older than me, or something, but he seemed like a complete adult the way he spoke,â said Easter, who ran Let’s Active and produced REM, Pavement and de. many other artists. “He spoke this hipster language of jazz, and I wasn’t quite sure what he meant.”
Moss never stopped speaking his own language, verbally or musically. His guitar playing has dazzled his fans and peers for decades. He mentored young players and ran a guitar shop that has become a staple in the West End. Now his adopted hometown honors Moss with a Bronze Star on the Arts, Culture and Entertainment Memorial Walk of Fame at the Benton Convention Center.
The Walk of Fame ceremony will take place on Friday morning. Moss is one of five new inductees, alongside novelist John Ehle, broadcaster Stuart Scott, sculptor Earline King and painter Joe King. A celebration of Moss’s life will follow on Friday night at the Gas Hill Drinking Room above the Ramkat, with a preview of songs from the late guitarist’s debut album.
âMoss was an unpretentious rock god,â musician and journalist Ed Bumgardner wrote after Moss died in 2007 at the age of 54. . He assimilated things but did not imitate anyone; he was just Sam Moss, a man of limitless technique, bottomless freshness and exquisite tone of good faith.