Born and raised in Alice Springs, "Mossy" learnt classical piano from an early age but discovered the guitar at the age of 11, playing regularly in local teenage bands.
Fate intervened in 1973 when, after moving to Adelaide, he answered an advertisement in a shop window for a guitarist, joining the band that was to become legendary in Australia – Cold Chisel.
After Mossy joined organist and principal songwriter Don Walker and drummer Steve Prestwich, the group took shape with singer Jimmy Barnes and eventually bass player Phil Small, starting the hard grind of playing gigs on the back of flatbed trucks and in suburban hotels. Barnes remembered young Mossy as "a boy from the bush who didn’t wear shoes but played fantastic". They hit the road and paid their dues, playing countless one-night stands across the country.
The reputation and status of Cold Chisel steadily grew, mainly on the strength of blistering live shows, and, in time, their well-crafted recordings became staples of radio airplay. By 1980, with the release of the seminal "East" album, Cold Chisel was the biggest rock band in the country. Moreover, they defined a national sound – hard-driving rock chased by a shot of blues, with lyrics depicting the Australian experience and resonating powerfully with young working class fans.
Mossy became an HSV Ambassador in 2008 when he re-recorded the Cold Chisel hit "Bow River" for use in a limited edition documentary about HSV's very own Supercar, the W427.
Mossy is the proud driver of an HSV Senator Signature, a vehicle that lets him march to his own beat!