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Moses and the Guys with Jobs

by Moses and the Guys with Jobs

Melodic songs filled with thoughtful lyrics. A unique mix of styles and influences. File under "singer songwriter melodic rockin', modern bluesy jazzy folkster, tex-mexicajun country". Nominated BEST ROCK CD, L.A.Music Awards 2000
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Tomorrow
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2. Ave 21
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3. Time & Place
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4. Juanita
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5. Boy Meets Girl
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6. Connection
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7. Two Stars
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8. Automobile
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9. Nobody Told Me
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10. Just Growin' Up
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11. Evangelina
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12. I'll Be There For You
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13. The Insanity
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14. Face I See
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Moses Hauffen (born Moises Carlos Hauffen, in East Los Angeles CA.) has been writing songs since his days as a singer/guitarist performing with high school and college rock bands during the late 60's and through the 70's. On the strength of his songs, one of these bands, That Happy Few, was offered a recording contract by ABC/Dunhill Records but the group decided not to sign!?! In the early 80's, Moses had a song picked up by Bop-A-Lu Music Publishing...... and was never heard from again. In the mid 90's, after hearing some of his songs, L.A. producer and cable show host, Vic Silva, urged Moses to record a CD "You're not getting any younger." he said. Vic was right!

So with Moses on guitars and vocals, Rick Fowler on drums, and Ken Winber on bass, forming the core of the group, and with "V" Vladimir of VPI studios recording and mixing, the CD "Moses and the Guys with Jobs" was born.

An eclectic mix of styles that include Bluesy Rock, Tex-Mex, and Contemporary Folk, it also features Moses' sons, Paul on drums, and John with his art work, in addition to old friends from That Happy Few; Bruce Goss (guitar solos), Michael Heralda (harmonies), and Bill Hernandez (bass). Also rounding out the sound are new friends Tony Miramontes (Hammond B3 organ), Steve Moran (harmonica), Howard Swerdloff (percussion) and Thom Teresi (piano).

The CD "Moses and the Guys with Jobs" was released and distributed by Rhombus Records in 2000 and was nominated at the 10th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards in Nov.2000 for "Best Independent Rock Album". It includes the songs "Juanita" & "Evangelina" which have taken turns at the #1 spot multiple times on the mp3 Tex-Mex charts, "Ave 21" which received a Certificate of Achievement from the Unisong International Song Contest 2000 for placing in the top 10% of over 3500 entries, and "Automobile" which was nominated Best Singer Songwriter song by the 2001 Just Plain Folks Music Awards.

Moses continues to write and record, and performs solo and with the "Guys with Jobs" originals band and the "Geree and The Groove" cover band in the Los Angeles area.


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Jennifer Layton

Songs about life, innocence, growing up, romance and heartbreak.
You gotta love this band name. And this casual, regular-guy moniker matches the music. The lyrics read like songwriter Moses Hauffen was just hanging out with his friends, drinking beer, lifting their conversation word for word and turning them into songs. In fact, if you ever find yourself having a beer with this guy, I recommend you check to see if he's got a wire on him before telling him anything too personal.

Consider the reminiscing of "Ave.21" when he sings about a childhood crush: "Down to Thrifty's we would walk Sunday morning after church. Doing nothing special, just fool around and flirt." And in the acoustic folk of "Time & Place," I laughed when he sang, "Told the girls 'Babe I love ya,' and my wife still remembers their names. Man those were some crazy times..." The music is laid back and fun. It's many variations on the sound of several acoustic guitar players just jamming together.

"Tomorrow" is a catchy groove, right down to the growling harmonica. (But the best harmonica playing comes from "Connection," a great shuffling groove track.) We also get wistful ballads like "Juanita" and the acoustic stargazing of "Two Stars."

But the standout - the song that immediately ignited an electric blues buzz to my system -- was "Automobile." I flipped right to the credits to find out who was banging away on the piano like that. His name is Thom Teresi. The lyrics go right back to high school as a teenage boy wails the summer blues about needing his own wheels.

These are songs about life. The innocence of growing up, the romance and heartbreak of first love, the laughing over lessons learned. It's all sung by Hauffen, whose voice sounds like a cross between Elvis Costello and Joe Cocker. And he really has a knack for turning everyday life into fun music.

Ben Ohmart

Intense,lightning-struck songwriting surrounded by painters of sound.
Moses and the Guys with Jobs (love that band title) are
Moses Hauffen - vocals, guitars, Rick Fowler - drums,
Ken Winber - bass, and many other employed people who get together like America or raunchy
Eagles, something classic-rockish while flashing out with blues and folk, the
way CN&Y used to; though Moses and underlings are hip to all modes of
current music trends. Maybe that's why they were nominated for Best Indie
Rock Album in the LA Music Awards of 2000.

Their bilingual 'Juanita' is a beautifully structured ballad that could capture the
hearts of some Latin teens if they decided to pour over this side of their
talent more. 'Juanita, I should've met you years ago / We could've got to
know each other well / and maybe fall in love. Could've got to know you /
very well and maybe fall in love, maybe fall in love / maybe fall in love, maybe
fall in love.'

'It was another day in the heights / Avenue 21 / We didn't know 'bout being
rich or poor only 'bout / being young and having fun on Avenue 21,' from the
ultra-catchy guitar work of 'Avenue 21' sounds like Moses is overdubbing
himself, talking 'bout bein' young and havin' fun. Ah, takes you back to days
of yore and youth…

Acoustically, 'Two Stars' is given out like a heroic sea captain coming home
from battle, remembering suddenly, as land comes into view, just what it was
he was fighting for. 'There are two stars in the sky tonight / I see them
through the breaks in the willow tree / One bend in the wind and they're gone
/ then they're back again / falling into the scoop where the Dipper should be.'
More repressed passion is put into this vocalization than anything else on the
cd, standing out as simple, yearning; the future's prayer.

Intense, often lightning-struck songwriting surrounded by loving painters of
sound portraits. Guys who have the day off and aim to make the most of the
story.


the soulful deep rich voice and lyrical ability of a poet
Los Angeles based singer/songwriter, Moses Hauffen, the man with
the soulful deep and rich voice and lyrical ability of a poet, has assembled at least a
dozen great musicians to complete the CD project, "Moses and the Guys with Jobs".
The record is a masterful collection of brilliantly arranged pop/rock music reminiscent
of Steely Dan with a bluesy feel that reaches into your gut. The record opens with the
raunchy vocaled Cajun groover, "Tomorrow", mp3'd here as a clip. Lyrics comfort the
listener that although life's tough, there's always another day: 'Nothin' good in this
world comes easy they say. You get two in the hand while they steal three away, but
there's gonna be another day tomorrow.' Track 2 is an upbeat recollection of times on
"Avenue 21", an easy and breezy tune, 'it was another day in the heights, avenue 21,
we didn't know 'bout being rich or poor, only 'bout being young and having fun on
Avenue 21'. Cool guitar harmony single line ditties, moving into interesting chord
progressions and vocal harmonies. The long mp3 song here, "Boy Meets Girl", describes
the loneliness of being partnerless.. 'where's the girl? He's been waiting patiently. .
.it's not turning out the way it should've been or could've been, when boy meets girl.'
Cool harmonica answering lines within the verses and chorus. The final track is an
upbeat rock-a-billy mover - and Moses enters vocally with a deep resonant tone as he
sings about looking in the mirror and identity confusion, 'I've got cards in my pocket
that tell me who I am but I don't really know, I've got bills on the table that show me
where I stand but I'm not really sure'. Overall the record is mature and intelligent - full
of adult experience. The performances are ideal - fun, cooking instrumental
performances. Now if the record buying public could relate (hard to when you're a
teenager) Moses would sell a million. Great record.