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Song Of The Week | Apr 20, 2015

JJ Grey & MOFRO – Every Minute

jjgreyandmofroJJ Grey & Mofro (formerly billed just as Mofro) is a Southern rock/soul/funk/blues jam band from Jacksonville, Florida composed of JJ Grey (vocals, electric piano, acoustic guitar and electric guitar, harmonica), Andrew Trube (electric guitar and slide guitar), Anthony Farrell (Hammond organ), Anthony Cole (drums), Dennis Marion (trumpet), Jeff Dazey (tenor saxophone) and Todd Smallie (bass guitar). The early days of Mofro can be traced back to the mid-nineties when John “JJ” Grey and Daryl Hance signed with a United Kingdom label and played shows in Europe as Mofro Magic.

Grey and Hance met in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida while working for an air conditioning company and developed a friendship through music. The deal with the record label in London fell through, and Grey and Hance returned to their native Jacksonville and formed Mofro, then signed with Fog City Records in 2001. The name “Mofro” was coined by JJ Grey as an explanation of the sound that the band made. Grey says the word was originally a nickname that a co-worker gave him and Grey adopted it as the band name because it “sounded southern.” Grey later changed the band name to “JJ Grey & Mofro” when his grandmother asked him if he was ashamed to use his own name.

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Song Of The Week | Apr 13, 2015

The Damnwells – Lost

TheDamnwells_BandPhotoThe Damnwells are an indie rock band originally from Brooklyn, New York. The band formed in 2000 and has released four full length albums, Air Stereo (2006), Bastards of the Beat (2003), One Last Century (2009), and No One Listens to the Band Anymore (2011). The original members of the Damnwells are Alex Dezen (lead vocals, guitar, piano), David Chernis (lead guitar), Ted Hudson (bass), and Steven Terry (drums/percussion). Steven Terry played drums and recorded with Ryan Adams’ original band Whiskeytown on the album Strangers Almanac.

Over the years, the Damnwells have toured extensively throughout the United States and have had numerous television and radio appearances. Although David Chernis and Steven Terry left the band from 2007 to 2013, the Damnwells, with core members Alex Dezen and Ted Hudson, continue to appear in changing formations. A new record, featuring the original 4 members, is released April 14 2015.

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Song Of The Week | Apr 06, 2015

Davy Knowles – Work A Little Harder

davyknowlesJust six years into his professional music career, Davy Knowles has an impressive record of accomplishments. He has been endorsed by some of the biggest names in the industry, and he has shared the stage and the recording studio with some of his heroes.

Davy is performing at the Brookdale Guitar Show this Sunday at the Maserati of Central NJ tent!

Born and raised on the Isle of Man (a tiny country located between Ireland and England), Davy fell in love with music making at age 11 when, after hearing the Dire Straits’ classic “Sultans of Swing” on his father’s car stereo, he learned by ear to play it on his father’s guitar. Along with Mark Knopfler, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Peter Green, Eric Clapton/Cream and Rory Gallagher were early, significant influences, and they continue to color his playing and songwriting today.

Davy will be performing at the Brookdale Guitar Show, Sunday April 12, at 3pm in the Maserati Of Central NJ Music Tent.

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Song Of The Week | Mar 30, 2015

Ryley Walker – Primrose Green

ryleywalkerRyley Walker is the reincarnation of the true American guitar player. That’s as much a testament to his roving, rambling ways, or the fact that his Guild D-35 guitar has endured a few stints in the pawnshop. Swap out rural juke joints for rotted DIY spaces and the archetype is solidly intact. His personal life might be tumultuous and his residential status in question, but his bedrock is disciplined daily rehearsal and an inexhaustible wellspring of song craft.

 

Raised on the banks of the ol’ Rock River in northern Illinois, Ryley’s early life doesn’t give us much more than Midwestern mundanity to speak of. Things start to pick up for young Walker when he moves to Chicago in 2007 and briefly attempts a collegiate lifestyle as he storms the always fecund local noise scene with his Jasmine-brand electric guitar; just a cheap knock-off from which he could coax unearthly sound hallucinations.

It was a 2012 bike accident that set Ryley on his current path. He quit his day job to recuperate but instead of returning to the grind he duked it out on the rock club circuit. Practice became more diligent; he began lacquering his fingertips at cheap salons, permanently giving his playing aggression and tone difficult to achieve with naked fingertips or finger picks. Though seen as part of the fraternity of young guitar masters like William Tyler and Daniel Bachman, his voice defied that stereotype. He was finding a new path refracting the British traditional spectrum, from Bert Jansch to Nick Drake, and defying all the limitations of the genre. His 2013 recordings, that resulted in The West Wind EP and All Kinds of You LP, fully express these Anglophilic tendencies to the point of nearly exhausting their possibilities.

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Song Of The Week | Mar 23, 2015

The Weeklings – Mona Lisa

theweeklingsGlen Burtnik (Lefty Weekling) is a platinum and gold record awarded song writer, having composed songs for John Waite, Styx, Randy Travis, Marshall Crenshaw, Patty Smyth and Don Henley. Glen started his career portraying Paul McCartney in the Broadway production of Beatlemania, and went on to perform as a member of major national acts including Styx, Electric Light Orchestra, and the Fab Faux. Renowned for his knowledge and love of The Beatles’ music, Glen is currently musical director for high-production “Beatle Bash” theatre shows, and also appears at Beatles conventions throughout the U.S.A.

Bob Burger (Zeek Weekling) is also gold record song writer whose credits include Styx, Donnie Iris, HBO pictures, Kasim Sulton and others. Bob has performed with the likes of Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Jon Bon Jovi, as well as with Glen Burtnik in numerous Beatles Bash shows. John Merjave (Rocky Weekling) is a Beatles genius that has been a member of the house band at “BeatleFest” and other famous national conventions for many years. Dave Anthony (Ramblin’ Dave Weekling) is a master of the “Ringo” drumming style, playing Beatle Bash shows and performing as a highly sought studio/live drummer throughout the greater NYC area.
The quartet known as The Weeklings perform the music of The Beatles with infectious passion and enthusiasm. As professional musicians that have appeared and collaborated with many high profile national artists, they bring a level of precision and authenticity rarely matched in any performance of The Beatles music!

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