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JJ Grey & Mofro, Jonny Lang and The North Mississippi Allstars at The Paramount

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JJ Grey & Mofro, Jonny Lang and The North Mississippi Allstars The Paramount Huntington, NY July 16, 2015 On a warm July evening, just prior to the summer's first “real" heat wave, JJ Grey & Mofro, Jonny Lang and the North Mississippi Allstars touched down in Huntington, NY for a triple-headlining performance at the Paramount. Though the venue was not sold-out, the three bands played full sets to a loud, fervent and ...

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JJ Grey & Mofro: Georgia Warhorse

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Recorded in the same studio (Retrophonics) with the same producer (Dan Prothero) as all of JJ Grey & Mofro's previous works, Georgia Warhorse constitutes an overview of the band's whole career. The CD strikes an effective balance between the swampy blues of early albums like Lochloosa (Alligator, 2007) and the authentic R&B/soul music that filled the predecessor to this album Orange Blossoms (Alligator, 2008) The CD sounds like a throwback at first, as it begins with “Diyo Dayo," ...

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JJ Grey & Mofro: Orange Blossoms

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JJ Grey & Mofro Orange Blossoms Alligator Records 2008

JJ Grey and Mofro's Orange Blossoms is a natural evolution from its predecessor, the ambitious Country Ghetto (Alligator, 2007). Here Grey and his regular road band extract the R&B/soul elements and artfully expand upon them.

The title song is emblematic of the way Grey uses imagery from his Florida heritage as a means to telling a story: “orange blossoms" is a trigger to remembrance as ...

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JJ Grey & Mofro: Country Ghetto

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It's rather promising for a band's debut to remind you of the Faces on the fast numbers and of Otis Redding on the slow ones, but these legends provide solid points of reference for JJ Grey & Mofro's Country Ghetto.

Country Ghetto is swampy, funky, bluesy, and above all genuine, straight from JJ Grey's backwoods home in the swamps outside Jacksonville, Florida. Grey composed and arranged every tune, sings lead, and plays keyboards as well as acoustic, electric ...

ALBUM REVIEW

JJ Grey & Mofro: Country Ghetto

Read "Country Ghetto" reviewed by Doug Collette

Like all musical genres, the blues has its own particular set of conventions. Yet the seemingly infinite variations on the shuffle tempo and the AABA lyric format derive from the unique personalities involved. Such is the case with JJ Grey & Mofro's new album. Country Ghetto feels like everything that is the blues while mostly sounding nothing like it.

While Mofro boasts a somewhat unconventional instrumental lineup-- no bass guitarist--the low registers nevertheless permeate the music almost like a subliminal ...


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