This River the new album from Deep South singer/songwriter/musician JJ Grey and his band Mofro, is now available from Alligator Records. You can listen to each track in its entirety and check out this impressive artist’s back catalogue here- www.alligator.com/albums/This-River/.
Over the course of six albums and a decade of touring, JJ Grey’s gritty blend of front porch soul and down-home storytelling has taken him around the world and back again. Beating the streets on nearly every continent, he and his band Mofro have sewn a continuous thread of laying-it-on-the-line shows that move folks to dance and at times to tears. From raw funk to deep soul, blues and rock, JJ Grey & Mofro are in a class by themselves, at once contemporary and classic. I have earlier albums Orange Blossoms and Georgia Warhorse – both highly recommended. My friends Sandra and Jim are big JJ fans also – the three of us can’t all be wrong!
This River, named for the St. John’s River–a centering point for his childhood near Jacksonville, Florida–flows from freewheeling celebrations (“Florabam”) to dark inner journeys (“Somebody Else”), from late night, beer-soaked testimonials (“Your Lady, She’s Shady”) to heartfelt ballads of the almost-forgotten (“The Ballad Of Larry Webb”), and ends with the title track and a singularly devastating vocal performance. With Dan Prothero at the helm as producer, JJ and the band once again returned to Retrophonics Studio in nearby St. Augustine, Florida.
Check out this link http://www.alligator.com/free-stuff/ for a free download of the new track “99 Shades Of Crazy”.