One of my favorite bands, JJ Grey & Mofro, returns to Chattanooga on Wednesday night at Track 29. They tore it up at Riverbend a couple years ago, and here is an easy way to figure out if you like them without hearing them – If you like Delbert McClinton, then go see JJ Grey & Mofro. It’s that simple.
If you feel a better description is appropriate, then another way to express it is to use the NY Times description: “Impassioned singing, riff-based Southern rock, cold-blooded swamp funk and sly Memphis soul.”
Yes, they bring the horns, both a sax and a trumpet. Yes, they have great songs that make your feet start moving. Yes, they make you want to dance. Yes, they brought out a new CD this year and yes it rocks.
His newest CD, The River, puts into song and lyrics his life in the South, near the swamplands and the rivers. While he doesn’t consider himself a tree-bark eating, save the snail darter kind of environmentalist, he does work with some groups that promote conservation of our wetlands and rivers.
Oh, and one more thing about JJ Grey & Mofro – his live performances always equal or better the sound of his recordings. Not much “studio magic” goes into his records, as they are more like the live experience. Not many bands of today can say that.
Hailing from the Jacksonville, Florida area, JJ Grey manages to infuse his music with Southern influences, swamp rock and some Memphis blues. And, he is an Alligator Records artist, which in layman’s terms means he is one of the best bluesmen in the world. Their roster reads like a hall of fame for funk and blues – acts like Delbert McClinton, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Luther Allison, Marcia Ball, Mavis Staples, and Junior Wells. Like Albert Collins said in the movie Adventures In Babysitting, “Nobody gets out here without singing the blues” - you don’t get an Alligator deal without singing the blues.
Check out JJ Grey & Mofro on his website at http://www.jjgrey.com/media, or just get your tickets now at www.track29.co.
See you there!
For more local music info, try www.chattanoogaentertainers.com or www.chattanooganightscope.com. They both have great local music info and schedules. For local info on Country music, try Jim Boles’ site www.chattacountry.ning.com.
Email Bob Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org or catch him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/davrik2000.
- Photo2 by Manfred Mofro