JJ GREY & MOFRO TO PERFORM IN MOBILE!
“Out of the swamp, dripping with both wildness and cool. Rich, funky grooves…Grey is a singer-songwriter [who] celebrates life’s most fundamental joys with unforced talent and deep
feeling.” –New York Times
Wednesday, April 21st
Soul Kitchen Music Hall
219 Dauphin St.
$12 adv./ $15 day of show
To celebrate release first Vinyl Only Album, a ‘best of’ collection – 2 songs from each of their 4 cd’s, plus new recording of Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey. Also touring to support latest release, Orange Blossom.
Here’s rest of the Press…
Like Florida’s state flower, the orange blossom, songwriter/vocalist/multi-
instrumentalist JJ Grey’s songs are fascinating, beautiful, and complex. Both are products of the same ground: the rich, fertile and ancient soil of the Sunshine State. Born and raised just outside of Jacksonville, Florida, Grey comes from a long tradition of Southern musical storytellers and, like the best of the great Southern writers, he fills his songs with details that are at once vivid and personal, political and universal. His multi-textured music overflows with dynamic rhythms and thought-provoking lyrics. From raw funk to deep soul, blues and rock, JJ and his band Mofro deliver devastating live and recorded performances. Blues Revue says the band plays “irresistible North Florida roots, soul and blues….Joyous, funky grooves and gritty, mesmerizing lyrics.”
ORANGE BLOSSOMS, produced by long-time cohort Dan Prothero and Grey, was recorded in north Florida and boasts some of Grey’s most profound and moving music to date. The album features 12 songs (including 11 Grey originals) inspired by Grey’s life experiences and visionary observations. With long-time friend and guitarist Daryl Hance, bassist/organist Adam Scone, drummer Anthony Cole, and the Hercules Horns of saxophonist Art Edmaiston and trumpeter Dennis Marion, Grey moves effortlessly from gospel-tent fervor to Southern-fried rockers to deeply emotional soul.
ORANGE BLOSSOMS is fueled by JJ’s gritty, smoldering vocals and intense, funk-infused guitar and keyboard work. Relix raved, saying, “Grey and Mofro fuse rock with plenty of soul and groove-heavy blues, and dirty, infectious funk. The deep and introspective lyrics are a breath of fresh air.”
Debuting in 2001 with BLACKWATER, following up in 2004 with LOCHLOOSA, Grey steadily built an intensely loyal following through constant touring. In 2007, with his first Alligator release, COUNTRY GHETTO, Grey reached an even larger audience, doubling both his album sales and his concert attendance.
From gritty funk and juke joint romps to contemplative country soul and blistering rockers, Grey’s music is in a class by itself, at once contemporary and classic. Now, with ORANGE BLOSSOMS and THE CHOICE CUTS, JJ Grey will bring his singular musical vision and hip-shaking, soulful live show to his ever-growing fan base, showing how far-reaching his Southern roots can spread.