Mighty Mo Rodgers is a remarkably original singer/songwriter who’s shaped his life experiences into a terrifically eclectic and immensely deep vision on his Blue Thumb debut, Blues Is My Wailin’ Wall.
Rodgers combines soulful, gritty vocals and driving rhythms with a wholly personal panorama on songs like "Took Away The Drum," "The Kennedy Song," "Tuskegee Blues" and a moving tribute to his childhood friend with "Willie B. And Me." Blues Is My Wailin’ Wall has already made an indelible impression on listeners, both in its recorded form and from the concert stage where Rodgers performance dynamic is larger-than-life captivating.
"My song"There is nothing conceivable that would so condition a man as to leave him without the slightest freedom."
Blues comes from a place so deep that even madness cannot penetrate there. Blues is free there, and it makes sense of the
madness by changing what was disfigured into something wonderfully transfigured.
Too often Blues doesn't get the respect it deserves in the greater musical community. But make no mistake, the legitimacy and
authenticity of American popular music comes from Blues, because it is truth, and the truth will set you free.The music comes directly from my heart and soul," Rodgers says candidly.
This is my Blues Odyssey.
A journey through "the blues" to Blues. My vehicle, the Blues Voice; a vernacular black-of-tongue tale of call-and-response to freedom and movement.
Blues, born of slavery, in the skin of commerce, constantly "sheds", to outrun, outfox, the slave catchers of commodification.
Blues is our trickster. Paying the dues, and
dealing with the devil
of our own making. I hear its Holy Howl, and I must be on my way now.
"The blues is the best literature that black Americans have. It is our best poetry. The entire cultural response is felt there in the blues."
>The Handy Awards nomination for 'Blues Is My Wailin' Wall"
>Awarded the CHOC De L' Annee 1999 in France by Jazzman as Blues Album of the Year
>Awarded Contemporary Blues Album of the Year 2002 by Living Blues >Mazagine for "Red White and Blues"
>Awarded Trophees France Blues 2001 and 2002 International Artist
>Awarded Trophees France Blues 2003 International Songwriter
>Awarded CHIC De L'Annee 2007 Blues Album of the Year
>Award The Charles Cros (Grand >Prix du Dusque) for the recording "Red, White and Blues" in 2002.
Mo Rodgers music is a breath of fresh air in the blues / R&B world…
He combines sly social commentary with a great funky sound…
I love his voice. He's a welcome original.
"Every few years a singer comes along who changes the musical landscape.
Mighty Mo Rodgers is that world class musician. His important music will
resonate long after the "I Lost My Baby Blues' fades away"
–Art Tipaldi Editor Blues Revue Magazine–
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