Check out the recent single "Steal Away" from new school rock 'n' roll act Alex Goss & The Dirty Mask | provided

While growing up in Charleston, Alex Goss sensed that making music was something he could realistically do. He said his parents encouraged this by immersing him in the world of performing arts at a young age. 

“My mom has taught music in Charleston County for nearly 40 years, and my dad owned a music venue called Myskyns [until it was sold in 1994],” Goss told the City Paper. 

When Goss was 5 years old, his music-minded parents introduced him to piano, and at about 9 years old he learned to play guitar. He eventually enlisted in choirs at Wando High School and Winthrop University in Rock Hill. He also took part in musical theater on and off for several years, including an off-Broadway performance of Rent in 2009. 

His folks also introduced Goss at a young age to the likes of Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, the Rolling Stones and scores of other impactful artists from the bygone era. That exposure left an indelible mark on the up-and-coming musician.

You can feel those classic influences in the pop-leaning rock ‘n’ roll output that Goss is best known for these days. Although his accompanying act, a loose confederation of like-minded friends called The Dirty Mask, is anything but nostalgic. Goss is purposefully looking forward as well as backward with his growing body of work. 

“The only rule I follow in the songwriting process is that it has to be natural and not forced,” Goss said. “I’ll usually fixate on a phrase or hook I like and build from there. Whether I finish it in an hour or five years from now remains to be seen. I’m constantly looking. It’s more of a disease than it is anything else.”

The latest example of this self-described sickness is Goss’ brand new track, “Steal Away,” which is arguably one of his best efforts to date. Goss would likely concur with that assessment. As he explains, “This is a cool song to me because it has that
6/8 old-school blues feel. You can feel the tension and almost desperation of the story.”

“Steal Away” is the eighth single Goss has released and, like its predecessors, it is currently available on all the usual digital platforms. But stay tuned if you like what you hear, because Goss also intends to drop a five-song EP on vinyl right after the new year. 

“My plan is to keep going one song at a time, because I’m too busy to look much past that. Success to me, in the music business, is being true to yourself, and the people who support you.”

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