Sunday, October 17, 2010

CD Review: JJ Grey & Mofro Bring Us The Georgia Warhorse

The rock, blues and soul of the south is captured in the new release by JJ Grey & Mofro. "Georgia Warhorse" was released back in August on Alligator Records. The album's overall sound flashes between, the southern swamp rock heard in "Diyo Dayo" and the gentle blues of "King Hummingbird."

The groove on "The Sweetest Thing" gets a magical touch supplied by the legendary Toots Hibbert. The combination of Hibbert's and Grey's vocals give the song an edgier blues sound. The tempo gets lifted in "All" with a Black Crowes-style stomp and the album's title song returns us to blues of the south. "Gotta Know" is a slow building song, beginning with a duet between piano and guitar before finishing with the whole band joining in as Grey pulls off a young Joe Cocker-type vocals. The ballad of "Beautiful World" is the most accessible song on the album with it's simple beat and positive lyrics. The album finishes with a "Lullaby" JJ Grey style with some sweet slide-guitar provided by Derek Trucks.

JJ Grey & Mofro are currently on tour and will be making their way east in November, performing in New England around the Thanksgiving holiday. Visit for a complete list of tour dates and album information.

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