Robert Moses and the Harmony Crusaders
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Robert Moses and the Harmony Crusaders

Oslo, Oslo County, Norway | INDIE

Oslo, Oslo County, Norway | INDIE
Band Americana Rock


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Debut release in early 2013 on Voices of Wonder Records



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