Behind the Music (City)

Is she rock? Is she soul? Jonell Mosser keeps 'em guessing

While the transient Nashville of starry-eyed tourists and curious conventioneers plies the well-worn way of Second Avenue, Music Row and around Opryland, Mosser is usually hanging out at the local joints. This is where her fame resides. Why it remains "local" is a mystery. When Al Kooper says someone is the queen of live music, people should probably check her out. When a songwriter like Harlan Howard ("Busted," "I Fall to Pieces") compares someone's charisma to Elvis Presley circa 1957, people should probably beat a path to her shows. And when Was calls someone one of the greatest singers in the world, and when that someone lives in one of America's recording industry capitals, it is unfathomable that she is not a household name from Bangor to Baja. "When Jonell sings," Nashville author/musician Tommy Womack has said, "people shut up and flowers grow faster."

Soul survivor: In a city where country reigns, Jonell Mosser still manages to hold court with her rock and soul.
Nancy Lee Andrews
Soul survivor: In a city where country reigns, Jonell Mosser still manages to hold court with her rock and soul.

Jonell Mosser performs with John Hall on Tuesday, July 11, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk. $15. For more information, call (713)528-5999.

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