JJ Grey & Mofro

A masterful storyteller in the grand southern tradition, JJ Grey gets his raw material from the piney woods and blackwater swamps of rural north Florida and delivers it with the demonic fire of a Pentecostal preacher. On their first live album (and accompanying DVD), Brighter Days (Alligator), recorded a year ago in Atlanta, Grey and a horn-stoked Mofro tear through their distinctive blend of Skynyrdesque southern rock, swamp blues, backwoods funk, Memphis soul, and Deep South R&B. Grey sighs wistfully about mosquitoes, rattlers, and gators on the quintessential "Lochloosa" before ripping into developers with both his gritty howl and ferocious electric guitar. Opening with a solo set will be former Mofro guitarist (and co-founder) Daryl Hance, who displays a similar array of influences (albeit with a harder rock edge) on his solo debut, Hallowed Ground. Presiding between the Floridians will be Chicago's JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, a neo-soul outfit that evokes vintage soul stirrers like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding thanks to Brooks's fine falsetto, but also adds a punkish impertinence to its horn-slathered R&B arrangements. (Photo by Darren Jacknisky)
Wed., Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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