JJ Grey & Mofro

This River (180-gram vinyl)

This River (180-gram vinyl)


Chock-full of vibrant characters and compelling stories set to Stax-worthy soul, greasy Southern rock and funk and glorious ballads that stay with you long after the last notes fade.  Gutsy vocals, rugged horns and muscular grooves come together to create a down-home musical celebration. 

"Impassioned singing, riff-based Southern rock, cold-blooded swamp funk and sly Memphis soul" - The New York Times 

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Produced by Dan Prothero and JJ Grey
Executive Producer Jesse Aratow
Recorded at Retrophonics Studio in  Saint Augustine, Florida by Dan Prothero
Additional recording at The Egg Room

Mixed by Dan Prothero at The Studio That Time Forgot  in San Francisco, California
Edited by Dan Prothero at Phantom Toll Booth
Mastered by Ken Lee at Ken Lee Mastering
Artwork by JJ Grey
Studio photos by Dan Prothero

JJ Grey - Lead and Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar, Harmonica, Tambourine, Bass, Acoustic 6- and 12-String Guitar

Andrew Trube: Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Anthony Farrell: Organ, Piano, Clavinet, Electric Guitar
Todd Smallie: Bass
Anthony Cole: Drums, Organ
Art Edmaiston: Tenor  and Baritone Saxophone
Dennis Marion: Trumpet
Special Guest Stan Lynch: Shaker

All songs written and arranged by JJ Grey
Published by JJ Grey Music, BMI
except Standing On The Edge written by Andrew Trube and Anthony Farrell
Published by TrubeMusic, ASCAP / Parsley Bosworth, ASCAP


Wow! Never ceases to amaze me how much fun and how much work it can be making a record. I must be the luckiest person in the world to get to play and record with the people I do. I want to thank everyone who made this album possible and every album I've been a part of possible. I could have never done any of this without all the help from all my friends and family.

Thank you all.

Dan Prothero, Jesse Aratow, Daryl Hance, Cassie Siegel and everyone at Madison House, Jim and Nancy Devito, all the guys in my band, Stan Lynch, Spookie Daly, Rob "Daddy-O" Breitenfeld, Joshua Knight and Monterey International, Bruce Iglauer and the gang at Alligator Records, Neal O'Brien, Sue and Dave Williams, Chris Delucchi, Aaron Coteff, Colin Peterson, Danny Owen, Clay Daniel, Hal-Joe, The Hance Family, Mark Baxter, Suzi Matthews, John Schumm, Robbie Weitnauer and Elephant Trunk, Michael Waggoner at Gibson, Mark Baier at Victoria Amplifiers, Shane Smith and Bolt Amplifiers, Ted Webber and Webber Speakers and as always, my family.

THIS RIVER
I stare at a picture but there's nothing for it
I pull on the bottle and watch this river roll on by
Trying to find purpose trying to see meaning
Trying to make sense of the nonsense that I've called my life

Cause only this river can bear me to safety
Only this river can bear me away

See them all work and play there on the other bank
Warm in their houses while I face my cold alone
Guess I've been drinking away to keep the wolves of my mind at bay
but if you run you die I'm just too tired to care

Cause only this river can bear me to safety
Only this river can bear me away
I feel Her flowing, flowing right through me
I hear Her whispers drowning my words
Only this river can save me from myself

Where did my soul go?
Where did my spirit hide?
Why won't they rescue me from the pain in my mind?

Only this river in all of Her glory
Only this river can bear me away

Only this river

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    Track Name Duration  
1 Your Lady, She’s Shady
Author/Publisher:  JJ Grey, JJ Grey Music, BMI
3:10 Lyrics
2 The Ballad Of Larry Webb
Author/Publisher:  JJ Grey, JJ Grey Music, BMI
4:54 Lyrics
3 99 Shades Of Crazy
Author/Publisher:  JJ Grey, JJ Grey Music, BMI
4:53 Lyrics
4 Write A Letter
Author/Publisher:  JJ Grey, JJ Grey Music, BMI
5:20 Lyrics
5 Harp & Drums
Author/Publisher:  JJ Grey, JJ Grey Music, BMI
6:12 Lyrics
6 Somebody Else
Author/Publisher:  JJ Grey, JJ Grey Music, BMI
4:40 Lyrics
7 Tame A Wild One
Author/Publisher:  JJ Grey, JJ Grey Music, BMI
4:21 Lyrics
8 Florabama
Author/Publisher:  JJ Grey, JJ Grey Music, BMI
5:08 Lyrics
9 Standing On The Edge
Author/Publisher:  A. Trube & A. Farrell, TrubeMusic/Parsley Bosworth, ASCAP
5:02 Lyrics
10 This River
Author/Publisher:  JJ Grey, JJ Grey Music, BMI
5:20 Lyrics
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