JJ Grey & Mofro

Tuesday, December 04, 2007 | 06:30 PM

Mofro I was starting to put together this year's Different Kind of Top 10 Music List (prior versions here: 2006, 2005  and 2004), when I realized I hadn't written up one of my favorite discs this year: Country Ghetto by JJ Grey & Mofro.

I was driving home one night.,. when I hear this sound come oozing out of my car speakers: A funky, steamy, swamp rock blues number, with a long intro that finally came to a great groove: (slide over here and click Turpentine)

On the strength of that song, I ordered the disc, and I was not disappointed. The music is a great cross-breeding experiment across genres: Start with swamp rock, add some smoldering blues, slip in  vintage soul, and finally, some gospel-fried funk.

Songwriting influences are apparent: Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Jerry Reed, Bill Withers, Otis Redding, Dr. John, Sly & The Family Stone, Van Morrison, Howlin' Wolf, George Jones, and James Brown.

Reviews:

"a down-and-dirty delight, and a fine addition to the swamp rock canon"   -allmusic.com

"intriguing and fortuitous... Grey's a songwriter with a sharp wit and a knack for skewering the hypocrites, jive politicians and carpetbaggers who litter the landscape. The MOFRO vibe travels freely among swamp funk, blues, rock and soul, and does so with a certain down-and-dirty swagger that's as real as it is appealing."    -Billboard

"A Southern-fried Sly and the Family Stone."    -Don McLees

Other links: 

Home page
My Space (5 streaming songs)
Lyrics

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Videos after the jump.

(Um, might someone from Madison House Management consider releasing some higher quality videos to YouTube?   Most of these are pretty medicore sound quality . . . )

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JJ Grey & Mofro Videos:


Lochloosa JJ Grey & Mofro Seattle

"War" at the Wakarusa Music Festival in Lawrence, KS 6-8-07

Dirtfloor: Live from Saturday in the Park in Sioux City Iowa

JJ Grey solo acoustic  "Country Ghetto," live at Criminal Records ATL, GA

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Barry, dig the blog. Are you familiar w/ The Gourds?

Posted by: David | Dec 4, 2007 6:35:54 PM

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