Artist of the Week: JJ Grey and Mofro

JJ Grey and MofroThis week at WERS we’re featuring JJ Grey and Mofro as our artist of the week!

JJ Grey grew up in North Florida and had a typically Southern upbringing that he credits his valuing of hard work and self reliance – tenets that show up in all of his music – with instilling.  That experience, along with the occasional hard times throughout Grey’s life have informed his writing throughout his career.  On his writing and story-telling, he’s been quoted as saying that:  “A friend of mine once said that we’re all characters if we’re given enough room to be one. I guess I was lucky enough to be surrounded by people who had plenty of room cause Lord knows I know some larger-than-life ones. I’ve had a lot of laughs and good times with those characters. We’ve shared some hard times too.”  It’s those characters that Grey brings to life in his songs.

JJ Grey’s sixth album, This Riverwill be released tomorrow (April 16th).  It was named for a river that he says played a central role in much of his childhood – the St. John’s River near Jacksonville.  The band will be on the road this Spring in support of the album.  Their Southern-bred rock will roll into the Paradise on April 26th!

By Bentley J. Holt

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