11 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his fifth album, this exponent of Memphis-via-Muscle Shoals R&B matches Tony Joe White’s moody charisma with Otis Redding’s lovelorn élan. Grey does it with a sparse yet poetic songwriting touch and a feel for serpentine rhythms. As a singer, he proves himself adept at both warm-hearted testimonies (“Beautiful World,” “King Hummingbird”) and snarling put-downs (“The Hottest Spot In Hell”). Grey is especially good at seductive numbers — “Slow, Hot & Sweaty” is exactly what its title indicates. Grey’s backup group Mofro deserves considerable credit for serving up lean, lethal funk (“Hide & Seek”) to bare-bones gospel (“Gotta Know”) and hypnotic Dr. John-like voodoo rock (“Diyo Dayo”) as the track requires. Reggae legend Toots Hibbert’s guest vocals help to make “The Sweetest Thing” a standout romantic number. Georgia Warhorse covers a lot of musical terrain while remaining firmly rooted in its retro-slanted sound. Judging by these superbly soulful tracks, Grey deserves to be more than a regional cult favorite.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his fifth album, this exponent of Memphis-via-Muscle Shoals R&B matches Tony Joe White’s moody charisma with Otis Redding’s lovelorn élan. Grey does it with a sparse yet poetic songwriting touch and a feel for serpentine rhythms. As a singer, he proves himself adept at both warm-hearted testimonies (“Beautiful World,” “King Hummingbird”) and snarling put-downs (“The Hottest Spot In Hell”). Grey is especially good at seductive numbers — “Slow, Hot & Sweaty” is exactly what its title indicates. Grey’s backup group Mofro deserves considerable credit for serving up lean, lethal funk (“Hide & Seek”) to bare-bones gospel (“Gotta Know”) and hypnotic Dr. John-like voodoo rock (“Diyo Dayo”) as the track requires. Reggae legend Toots Hibbert’s guest vocals help to make “The Sweetest Thing” a standout romantic number. Georgia Warhorse covers a lot of musical terrain while remaining firmly rooted in its retro-slanted sound. Judging by these superbly soulful tracks, Grey deserves to be more than a regional cult favorite.

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About JJ Grey & Mofro

Although Mofro is based in the Florida city of Jacksonville, near where JJ Grey and Daryl Hance grew up, the band actually formed across the Atlantic in London. The Floridians were in Great Britain to work on a recording contract that ended up going sour. While in London, the two musicians made the acquaintance of Nathan Shepherd, a keyboard player from Down Under, and Fabrice Quentin, a bassist who hails from France. Shepherd and Quentin joined them for a short time under the Mofro moniker. Unfortunately, the band's situation took an almost deadly turn following a show in Jacksonville that was supposed to be the start of a U.S. tour. Following an evening at the city's Marquee Theatre, bandmembers were involved in an auto accident. Grey's wife sustained serious injuries, while Shepherd needed a period of rehabilitation and he returned to Australia. Their firs talbum, Blackwater appeare din 2001, while 2004's Lochloosa, signalled the first of many personnel changes.The album featured included founding members Grey, Hance, and Quentin, plus keyboard player Mike Shapiro and drummer Craig Barnette. While Grey kept the name Mofro on all subsequent recordings from 2007's Country Ghetto through 2015's Ol' Glory, he remained not only its frontman, but its only constant member; he employed different lineups to suit the material he recorded. ~ Linda Seida

ORIGIN
Jacksonville, FL
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1996

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