Robert Moses and the Harmony Crusaders

Robert Moses and the Harmony Crusaders

 Oslo, Oslo County, NOR
BandAmericanaRock

Self-developing Country.

Biography


Robert Moses grew up in Chicago. But resides in Oslo, Norway. None of these locations explains Robert´s voice. A mystical musical instrument in itself, as unique as you are likely to hear this, or any, season. A wail that might have been echoing around the great American plains when both the Native Americans and buffalo where plentiful and tape recorders would have been considered as dangerous as cameras, capable of stealing a person´s soul.

In the year 2012 the Native American jury is still out on both cameras and tape recorders, but in the interim Robert Moses and his band, the aptly named Harmony Crusaders, have spent long winter weekends at the small Kleiva Studio in the southeast Norwegian town of Halden to record an album of ten original Moses-songs. Yes, both the number ten and the name Moses has some historical connotations, but the first Moses never considered enlisting a proper band bringing forth his stoned messages. If he had, a lot things might have been different.

The Harmony Crusaders are an assembly of musicians fully capable of creating musical magic out of thin air. Lead by multiintrumentalist Freddy Holm, doing multiple duties on dobro, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar and lap steel, The Harmony Cusaders tight and flexible grooves are handled by percussionist Glenn-Vidar Solheim and bassist Terje Støldal. Ketil Kielland Lund colors the sound with keyboards and accordion. Malin Pettersen sings duets with Robert.

Robert Moses has played with many bands in the US before arriving in Norway, but considers his Norwegian experiences an opportunity to “distill his music and approach into something essential, rhythmic and direct”.

His influences may well stretch all the way back to the days of Red Cloud, Geronimo and Crazy Horse, but along the way the sounds of early rock and roll and the country blues of Neil Young and Townes van Zandt have melded with the ancient.

Robert Moses and the Harmony Crusaders first album will be released in the autumn of 2012 and the band will thereafter enter the road also known as the peace-path.

by Tom Skjeklesæther

The band:

Robert Moses - Vocals, guitar, songs
Freddy Holm - Dobro, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, lap steel
Malin Pettersen - Vocals
Terje Støldal - Bass
Glenn-Vidar Solheim - Percussion
Ketil Kielland Lund - Keyboards

Lyrics

I'll Cross the Line

Written By: Robert Moses

Ooh I found you lover a-cryin’
Won’t let you suffer this time
I’ll cross the line.

When the night is slow
Sinking into you
Don’t keep it to yourself
Or those you’re talking through

Listening’ll stop
Echoes begin
The devil that you know
Turned your back again.

Ooh I found you lover a-cryin’
Won’t let you suffer this time
I’ll cross the line.

On the way here
We could lean and drift
So let the sorrow in
Feel the wailing lift.

Listening’ll start
And with it risk.
To find the devil that I’ve known
Does not exist.

Ooh I found you lover a-cryin’
Won’t let you suffer this time
I’ll cross the line.

Holy Roller

Written By: Robert Moses

HOLY ROLLER

Cutting through my heart is a holy roller
I thought that there was no choice
But force it down and hold it still
I can’t believe how I went for the kill.

Fearing it will start like a holy roller
I know that there was no choice
But force it down and cause a split
I can hope and pray but I know it just won’t quit.

Oh wait it’s haunting me
To be and not to be.

Oh wait it’s haunting me
To be and not to be.

Cutting through my heart is a holy roller.
Fearing it will start like a holy roller.
Waiting to the end is the way to begin.
Waiting to the end is the way to begin.

Water Over Stone

Written By: Robert Moses

WATER OVER STONE

It’s going to flow
Like water over stone
It’s going to flow
Like water over stone.
Gonna bathe me where I’m bound
Until heralds create a sound
Like water over stone.

It will unwind
All the love I lost behind.
It will unwind
All the love I lost behind.
When I set out on my own
Where I’m heading is my home
Not all the love I lost behind.

I’m going to leave
When I learn how to grieve.
I’m going to leave
When I learn how to grieve.
Take a minute to rejoice
Build a rocket with my voice.
When I learn how to grieve.

Discography

Debut release in early 2013 on Voices of Wonder Records