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Country Ghetto

  • 1. War
    2. Circles
    3. Country Ghetto
    4. Tragic
    5. By My Side
    6. On Palastine
    7. Footsteps
    8. Turpentine
    9. Woman, A
    10. Mississippi
    11. Sun Is Shining Down, The
    12. Goodbye
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4914

  • Credits
    ProducerDan Prothero; Dan Prothero
    EngineerDan Prothero; Eugene Tidmore "Boogie"; Ariel Benjamin; Greg McRae; Jim DeVito

    JJ Grey & Mofro: JJ Grey (various instruments); George Sluppick, Adam Scone, Daryl Hance.
    Personnel: JJ Grey (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, harmonica, keyboards); Daryl Hance (guitar, slide guitar); David Mediine, Donna Davidson Medine, Batya MacAdam-Somer (violin); Hayley Neher (viola); Jessie Marino (cello); Ian Hendrickson-Smith (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Cochemea Gastelum (tenor saxophone); Adam Scone (organ); George Sluppick (drums); Elena Higginbothan, Harley Higginbotham "Uncle Sonny", Shirley Higginbotham, Linda Lewellyn, Elena Higginbotham, Hazel Miller, Liza Oxnard (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Dan Prothero.
    Liner Note Author: JJ Grey.
    Recording information: Coupe Studios, Boulder, CO; Coupe Studios, Coulder, CO; Jam Preservez Studio, Valliant, OK; Retrophonics Studio, St. Augustine, FL; Threshold Studios, New York, NY.
    Author: JJ Grey.
    Photographers: Dan Prothero; C. Taylor Crothers.
    Arrangers: JJ Grey; Ian Hendrickson-Smith; Alex Mincek; Cochemea Gastelum.
    The Florida singer-songwriter JJ Grey and his band Mofro play a swampy mix of country, rock, and R&B that's not a million miles removed from the vintage Muscle Shoals Southern soul sounds of the late 1960s and early '70s. The band's sound is fat and greasy, augmented by horns and haunted-sounding backing vocals. Songs like the album-opening "War" and the down-and-dirty "Turpentine" have a classic '70s rock feel, but this is no retro rock & roll collection--singing over these thick, sultry rhythms, Grey resembles a contemporary Tony Joe White.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.65) - "His melodies make you think you've known them forever, and his lyrics are attentive to human concerns."
    No Depression (p.121) - "Smartly, Grey focuses on his big, soulful voice, keeping the music spare and using bluesy horns and choral flourishes judiciously."
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