Celebrated soulful ensemble JJ Grey & Mofro will release their newest recording Ol’ Glory on March 3rd. This album marks their debut on Provogue Records, which is part of the Mascot Label Group. Ol’ Glory contains 12 new songs that feature the deep, soulful blend of blues, rock, folk, funk, gospel, gritty R&B and personal, Southern-inspired narratives that have become synonymous with JJ Grey & Mofro.
This has been an amazing few months of music for me, but once again, I cannot avoid writing about how music has literally spread its wings to reach out as far as possible with different mixtures of sounds and influences to combine into a genreless gumbo. Elephant Revival’s Facebook pages states, “Where words fail…music speaks,” and as a writer, I could not agree more. I often ask my muse, where do I get the words to describe some of the music that I have been seeing lately? Needless to say, it is difficult.
Last weekend Elephant Revival returned home for a sold-out two night run at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado. The set of shows was called “Birds of a Feather Autumnal Ball”. The band Horse Feathers from Portland, Oregon kicked things off on Friday and opened for Elephant Revival.
Walther Productions announces today that the All Good Music Festival & Campout will be held July 9 – 12, 2015. The 18th incarnation of the event is taking place at Berry Hill Farm in Summit Point, West Virginia (near Charles Town and Harper’s Ferry, WV). The new site, located in the Eastern panhandle of West Virginia, is approximately 90 minutes from Baltimore and 75 minutes from Washington D.C., and marks the festival’s return to Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. The festival lineup and further details will be announced in the coming months.
Fresh off sold-out nights at Belly Up Aspen and Cervantes Denver, Whitewater Ramble (WWR) takes over Hodi’s in Ft. Collins this New Year’s Eve for a raging hometown throwdown. The band will be joined by special guests Whiskey Tango for a double dose of newgrass and jamgrass.
Nashville’s Backup Planet returns to Memphis at Young Avenue Deli to start your Thanksgiving week off feelin’ the funk! Bring your dancin’ shoes party people, because these guys will play all night long if you let them. On Saturday, November 22, 2014, the quartet will be joined by The Southern Belles for a night of funk, friends and family, so come on out to get your funk fix, and get ready to get down!
Doors: 8:00 pm
Southern Belles: 9:00 pm
Backup Planet: 10:30 pm – 2:00 am
I am not very religious, but I do consider myself very spiritual, and if I were to attend a church, it would be something that included the music of these guys. I do not mean to sound overly dramatic, but I was nearly moved to tears several times by the power that I felt coming from this stage. There were four men, two Malian (Muslim) and two Israeli (Jewish), and the music that they make together is as piano player and singer Idan Raichel calls religious on certain songs especially. It was one of my favorite musical experiences that I have ever had.