MOFRO’s critically acclaimed debut lays stories from Florida’s Blackwater region on top of tight, bare bones funk, gospel, blues, and rock & roll. JJ Grey sings in a voice shot through with soul, conviction and defiance, while the band plays with the laid-back brilliance of seasoned studio pros. From the starry-eyed blues of "Brighter Days" to the greasy funk of "Ho Cake," an engaging, satisfying listen.
Produced and recorded by Dan Prothero for Fog City Records. Performed by Mofro John “JJ” Grey (vocals,guitar, harmonica) and Daryl Hance (guitar,dobro). Personnel: Fabrice “Fabgrea...
Produced and recorded by Dan Prothero for Fog City Records. Performed by Mofro John “JJ” Grey (vocals,guitar, harmonica) and Daryl Hance (guitar,dobro). Personnel: Fabrice “Fabgrease” Quentin (bass), Nathan Shepherd (keys, sax), George Sluppick (drums, percussion, backing vocals). With special guest Robert Walter (clavinet on Ho Cake and Santa Claus, electric piano solo on Lazy Fo Acre). Siemy Di played drums on Nare Sugar and Jookhouse,which were recorded at our rehearsal session.
All lyrics and music written by JJ, except ~(written by JJ & Daryl) and ** (improvised by Mofro). All songs published by Cracker Meal Music BMI, except ~ and ** (Spook Ya Mule Music BMI).
Recorded live at Retrophonics Recording Studio in St. Augustine, Florida by Dan Prothero and Jim DeVito. Additional vocal and percussion tracking at The Studio That Time Forgot (San Francisco), The Phantom Tollbooth (San Francisco) and Soulhouse Studio (Jacksonville). Mixed at The Studio That Time Forgot. Mix engineer Kevin Ink. Mastered by Kenneth Lee Mastering.
This music comes from the Blackwater region of North Florida and is about remembering, about paying respect, and about giving thanks.
In that spirit, we are grateful to the fine folks who helped us in making this album, including:
Tony Batt, Chris & Roger Belcher, Tom Broering, Phillippe d'Amonville, Sandra & Barry Darby, Jimmy & Nancy DeVito, Alex d'Savoia, Big Jim Hance, Matt & Sandra Hendricks, Kevin Ink, Armond Jackson, Niko Kolev, David & Mike Lee, Paul Lentz, Darren Monsen, Sammy Neal, Dave Nissen, Antonio Noel, Ken Parker, Wayne Scarborough, Siemy, George Sluppick, Ricky & Rene Tillman, and Robert Walter. Nathan thanks his family, Richard & Yukie Nesbit, and Mim. Fabgrease thanks Dachéle & Miniel, Stéphane “BB” Quentin, Pétula, Yann H&W, Nikolei, Madame Holleville et la famille Glandon. George thanks Paul Bleifuss, Franc Uberti & Rhythm House, and Pat O’Connor of Istanbul AGOP. Daryl thanks Mom, Dad, Dona and Lisa for unconditional support all my life, Sondra for being who you are, and Joe, Mona & family for welcoming me to live in their home. JJ thanks mine and my wife’s family, and Granny.
We’re also much obliged to the Jookhouse choir: Darren “D” Bedford, Chris Belcher, Robbie French, Brannon Gentry, Mike & Jeanie Lee, Jim Mao, Jamie Wackrow and Turtle.
Finally, we thank Dan Prothero for wholeheartedly encouraging the cultural distinctions in our music, and for helping us create a record that we fully (and finally) believe in.
I remember my grandpa tellin me
about the early days of Florida
Born a swamp cracka two miles from Granny's Bay
comin up the way of the wilderness
No car, phone or electric light
yeah just livin life one day at a time
no newspaper, no wars and no strife
just the elemental keys that provide for life
Florida I know you're out there hidin from me
you get harder and harder to find
Everyday she keeps slippin away
Florida please don't fade on me now
Autumn sun set morning skys ablaze
the oaks and the pines turn their palms up to the sun
The kind of beauty that hits down in the soul
and still we're hell bent to destroy it all
With concrete and steel we pave
a road to hell on a land we've killed
So take a good look and remember it now
cause one day you gonna wake up and find it gone
Now skyscrapers and superhighways
are carved through the heart of Florida
Building subdivisions while the swamps are drained