Band: JJ Grey & Mofro
Date: Thursday, Jan. 30 with doors at 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St., soulkitchenmobile.com
Tickets: $29.50 adv./$33 day-of available through the venue’s website, at Mellow Mushroom or by calling 866-777-8932
Jacksonville, Fla., has given birth to a number of iconic musical acts. The Derek Trucks Band, The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd all claim Jacksonville as a starting point for their respective musical legacies. JJ Grey & Mofro emerged from this rich music scene with a smooth, swampy cocktail of soul and blues with a Southern rock edge. This combination of regional sounds has allowed the group to tour worldwide in support of a nine-album catalog of studio albums.
2015’s “Ol’ Glory” is the most recent offering from JJ Grey & Mofro. This release proves that Grey can maintain his trademark sound without it getting stale. The album’s Wet Willie-esque, upbeat opener, “Everything is a Song,” thrives with bright horns, background vocals and Grey’s raw, emotional vocal delivery. Grey has always had a talent for matching his high-energy tracks with passionate ballads. “Ol’ Glory” is no different. “The Island” captures pure, sweet emotion within a song that features minimal instrumentation and a warm persona.
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