ALICE Springs probably isn't the first place that comes to mind when thinking of settings for rock and roll origin stories but iconic Aussie rocker Ian Moss is living proof the Red Centre's crimson soil is as fertile as any for cultivating musical greatness.
"Music does reach out to far and wide - if you've got electricity and you've got radio, you've got access to music," Moss said.
And with a pedigree like Moss's, it's clear the music got through to him loud and clear.
After spending years as part of the legendary Aussie rock group Cold Chisel, Moss embarked upon an extremely successful solo career which continues to go from strength to strength.
Speaking of Cold Chisel, Valley music-lovers will soon get the chance to see Moss perform alongside fellow Chisel alumnus Jimmy Barnes plus Dragon, Chocolate Starfish and The Baby Animals as part of the Red Hot Summer Tour which is coming to Coffs Harbour on Saturday May 4.
Speaking to Out There recently, Moss said the tour - which kicked-off on the first weekend in January - had been red hot in nature and name.
"It started just as the name described - the first gig was at Tumut on the fifth of January and it was about 45 degrees - it was a red hot start to the Red hot Summer Tour," he chuckled.
"Luckily the next night was down in Nowra, so that was a lot cooler."
Since then, the tour has been stopping at a different regional area every weekend and Moss said he was relishing being back on the road with his fellow minstrels.
"It's been great - there's a really high energy level among the bands, there's some great musicians there and I think everyone pushes each other along but in a competitive but fun kind of way," he said.
"Also, I still enjoy the whole road trip thing of getting out and seeing different places and also the camaraderie of touring with other musicians."
Growing up in Alice Springs thousands of kilometres away from other major centres, Moss's earliest encounters with commercial music came through ABC Radio particularly a regular request show that was broadcast.
"It was just amazing some of the stuff that used to be requested on that show - artists like Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin, that kind of stuff really stood out for me," he said.
"You might not've heard music as early as some people did, but the music did get there."
Gradually tracks from Elvis Presley, Johnny Horton and The Beatles begin to get rotation on the show, exposing Moss to a wide range of musical styles.
Moss's passion for music only grew and after taking up piano lessons for a brief time, switched to guitar at the age of 11.
After forming his own band, Anger and Tears, Moss eventually fell in with a couple of other lads including a fiery young Scot by the name of jimmy Barnes and eventually formed Cold Chisel.
The rest is rock and roll history.
Catch Ian Moss in full flight along with Jimmy Barnes, Chocolate Starfish, Dragon and The Baby Animals during the Red Hot Summer Tour at the Coffs Harbour Showgrounds on Saturday May 4.
For more information and ticket bookings head to the official website at redhotsummertour.com.au.
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