JJ Grey & Mofro Finds Ol’ Glory

The new JJ Grey & Mofro album ‘Ol’ Glory’ is to be released this month on the Provogue/Mascot label group [23 February 2015.]

JJ Grey -  the vocal is as dry as scrub and as rough as hopsack ...  it spectacularly delivers intensity, drama and esteem...
JJ Grey – the vocal is as dry as scrub and as rough as hopsack … it spectacularly delivers intensity, drama and esteem…

We have been  listening:

The songs on Ol’ Glory are ample in length and all seem to contain a boundless fascination with the splendor of the commonplace

Those little events that seem trivial to outsiders— – yet they mean everything to those who appreciate the wonder-filled building blocks of their natural life.

The Island’ has slowly snaking rhythms together with seductively alluring slide-guitar whispers.

JJ Grey’s voice here is crisp as parchment – opaque – it radiates the warm ember glow of a welcome home.

This piece is a deep and sincere – alluding to the mourning of loss and then those blissful moments of rediscovery.

A Night To Remember’ is warm and rocky.

The rhythms are accented perfectly and carefully crafted – the guitar work is agile and the exuberant horns are often under-stated, yet worldly-wise. This is a trim and fighting-fit rock number with a mighty-fine soulful side.

Light a Candle’ has a hugely satisfying rhythm (Andrew Trube, drums) and that kind of skirt swaying swing that is so captivating. Yes, this a traditional rolling blues hymn — delivered with a warming heart and deeply touching chorus.

Image: @neilmach 2014 ©
Image: @neilmach 2014 ©
We get some guitar-fireworks on ‘Hold On Tight’ — lots of squelch and opulence. The lively and infectious rhythms plus slabs of horn sound will ensure beaming smiles all-round. Grey’s vocal is as dry as scrub and as rough as hopsack – it spectacularly delivers on intensity, drama and esteem.

Title track ‘Ol’ Glory’ contains a pebbled guitar and a cheerfully optimistic beat. This is classic rockin’ and rollin’ gospel.

With a model call and response and a funky beat — this will brighten any day.

The album is completed with the pensive folk number ‘The Hurricane.’ This is a reflective meditation on our little place in this wonderfully complex existence.

It is also, perhaps, a comment on Katrina. We are just fragments in a vast mechanism. However much we might value our lives. We are tiny. It makes no sense to blame God for our misfortune.

This is a wonderful collection of modest, hook-filled blues gospel numbers.

One gets the feeling that JJ Grey is recreating some new-found spiritual joy here. Because Ol’ Glory is stuffed with happy reminiscences and down-home gospel contemplations.

Words: @neilmach 2015 ©

Link: https://www.facebook.com/MOFROBAND

You can pre-order the new JJ Grey & Mofro album Ol’ Glory before it’s released everywhere on February 24th, 2015!

Ol’ Glory is available in both CD and LP format from: http://www.merchlackey.com/mofro/



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