Raw, swampy, earthy, pure groove: Florida’s JJ Grey & Mofro

One of my favorite musicians/bands is North Florida’s JJ Grey & Mofro. They were first MOFRO and now they go by JJ Grey & Mofro, but regardless I’ve been following since their first album, Blackwater. My sister played them for me and I fell deeply in love at first sound. I listened to that album on repeat for days and then went out bought my own copy and have bought every album since. I love the band’s vibe, mixing up Southern rock, straight up funk, and a raw groove. It’s just plain sexy.

Photo by Melanie Martinez (c) 2009 in Austin, Texas.

JJ Grey is more than a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and soulful vocalist. He is a storyteller, a folk philosopher, and a cultural historian. He sings with such passion about the beauty of the simple things in life and his homeland, the country in Northern Florida, on the outskirts of Jacksonsville. If you are a fan of great music, go see them live – you will thank me later.

The title song from their second album, Lochloosa:

Many of JJ’s songs have a mystical quality, interweaving mysterious stories about relationships and people’s lives while connecting with the magic of the natural world. This is “Dewdrops,” from Orange Blossoms:

“Air” from the first album, Blackwater:

Links and Resources:
Blackwater by MOFRO
Lochloosa by MOFRO
Country Ghetto by JJ Grey & Mofro
Orange Blossoms by JJ Grey & Mofro
Mofro Official Website

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