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JJ Grey & Mofro

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On December 4, 2007 @ 6:30 pm In Digital Media,Music | Comments Disabled

Mofro [1]
I was starting to put together this year’s Different Kind of Top 10 Music List (prior versions here: 2006 [2], 2005 [3]  and 2004 [4]), when I realized I hadn’t written up one of my favorite discs this year: Country Ghetto by JJ Grey & Mofro [1].

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 [5] 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 [6]
My Space [5] (5 streaming songs)
Lyrics [7]

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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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[1] Image: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000MGVBNW/thebigpictu09-20

[2] 2006: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2006/12/a_different_kin.html

[3] 2005: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2005/12/a_different_kin.html

[4] 2004: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2004/12/my_year_in_musi.html

[5] here: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=40256792

[6] Home page: http://www.mofro.net/home.shtml

[7] Lyrics: http://www.mofro.net/lyrics/

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