Big Mo & The Full Moon Band
Maurice “Big Mo” Huffman was born in Germany in 1960 to a U.S. G.I. father and German mother. He lived in Georgia and Indiana from age 1-6 then moved back to Germany with his parents and 3 brothers. Influenced by the G.I. AFN radio station and by his mom taking him to concerts (Ray Charles etc) at a young age he soon joined a school choir and discovered his love for singing. At the age of 14 he joined his first band - a Southern Rock band. He formed the Alliance Hi band with his friends in 1979 and they wrote and performed all original Southern Rock and Blues music all over Germany and released a record in 1981. He then turned to classical music and was trained by an Italian opera teacher for a few years. In 1989 he moved to California with his new wife and took a brief break from music to raise his son and build a new life in America. He met his neighbor Scott Shaw who became an instant friend, and turned out to be a collaborator, sound engineer great guitarist and cofounder of the band PlanB. Together with Scott and Amy Grayson (R.I.P) they wrote a whole album worth of songs and released a CD. Scott Shaw was not only a great engineer but an awesome song writer and producer and worked on most of Mo's recordings. Later after joining and learning from some country and blues acts in California Big Mo soon started writing music and formed the Big Mo & The Full Moon Band. In 2004 he won a prestigious Best Blues Band award at the Monterey bay Blues festival where he performed for 5 years in a row alongside many greats like Billy Preston, James Brown, Ruth Brown and many more. He won the Cammie Award for best Blues Band 8 years in a row and added a horn section to his lineup. His songwriting is a soulful mix of Blues, Southern Rock and Funk. His longtime friend Steve Valine on pedal steel adds a touch of country to his ballads and his friend Richard Moore (R.I.P.) added some great rock sounds to the band for many years. His horn section includes the great Don Bowman on sax and flute. He is a graduate of the Boston Berkley school of music and a highly talented musician and Eric “fantastic” Weber on saxophone a very talented energetic horn player. Patrick Hilton on trumpet who spent many years in the US Navy band honing his trumpet skills. Jeff Rosso on bass (former member of Charlie Musselwhite) an amazing groove machine, Terry Thorne on drums a long time friend and talented rhythm creator. Other players that join Big Mo for various shows include Volker Strifler on guitar, Lazy Lester Johnson harmonica/vocals (R.I.P.), Kevin Hayes on drums, Martin Gerschwitz on keys/vocals, Aman Cowell on trumpet, Bob Littell on harmonica, Ben Sallmann on trombone, Bruce McMillan on guitar, Sid Walker on fiddle, Steff Bollack on drums, Peter Antony on keys, Scott Shaw on guitar, Doc Ritchie on bass, Wolfy Ziegler on bass, Uli Rhode on pedal steel and guitars. Big Mo’s sound is always fun energetic and soulful. A mixture of Funk, Blues, Southern Rock and Ballads. Music for all ages. He has released 4 CD’s and two vinyl's. He has also released a book "Jake & The Hot Air Balloon" you can find on Amazon. Sadly, he lost all of his recordings and stock of merchandise in the recent Camp Fire. His studio and home were located in Paradise Ca and were all destroyed by the Camp fire. You can download his music online while he rebuilds the merchandise.