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Mofro is the former name of JJ Grey & Mofro, an American soul/funk/R&B/blues/southern rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in the 1990s.

Growing up in the swamplands of northern Florida, JJ Grey became a realist early on. “You fall in love with a pig,” he says, “and then one day your granddad knocks it in the head and bleeds it for butchering. You tend to grow up with a certain amount of realism in your life.”

JJ Grey and his band MOFRO exude rocking, funky, melodic, front porch realism in every song they play. Grey comes from a long tradition of Southern storytellers, and his songs oftentimes use the loss of his natural surroundings and the marginalization of the Southern culture he grew up in as a metaphor for universal truths. The band delivers his material with brilliant musicianship, resulting in music that is thought provoking, rhythmically dynamic and texturally mesmerizing.

JJ Grey & MOFRO’s Alligator debut Country Ghetto (produced by Dan Prothero) features 12 original JJ Grey compositions that come right out of the Southern musical and literary tradition. Grey’s ear for detail inhabits his songs, whether it’s a story passed down to him from his grandmother or the tribulations of a childhood friend. His voice delivers them with an unflinching strength that makes the personal universal and paints a vivid portrait of an exact time or place with words and music. Like his songs, his rich, soulful vocals are forceful and commanding, seemingly old beyond his years.

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  • darylhance

    Check out JJ Grey and Mofro Guitarist-Daryl Hance's debut Album by clicking on the photo to the left<<<

    18 Jan 2011 Reply
  • elevated14

    Todd Smallie is playing bass with them right now on the road, that my friend is good times.

    8 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Cemetary_walk

    this page, listening stats etc. should merge with the JJ Grey & Mofro Page

    6 Nov 2010 Reply
  • mastaluv9

    fark me....i've got my jam pants on

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • WyldWoodFlower

    Great band! Funky & groovy.

    20 Mar 2010 Reply
  • traubster

    I'm not sure why they have completely different songs than JJ Grey & Mofro, but I definitely prefer these songs.

    5 Feb 2010 Reply
  • seewolf63

    Lochloosa summerhit 09 ,-)

    21 Aug 2009 Reply
  • willgarvey

    If you havent heard, you NEED to listen to their newest album ORANGE BLOSSOMS!!!!!!!!!!!

    8 Aug 2009 Reply
  • ellragga

    love it! so funky!

    24 Apr 2009 Reply
  • MofroFan

    If you haven't heard, Adam Scone has left JJ Grey & Mofro. That's the bad news. The good news is that Anthony Ferrell and Andrew Trube from Greyhounds are joining up to bring their funky bass and organ sounds to the band. There's lots of chatter on the JJ Grey & Mofro fansite: http://www.mofrofans.com/board/board_topic/5292004/420522.htm

    20 Mar 2009 Reply
  • whutupp

    I gotta say, I just don't understand why Brighter Days isn't among their top tracks... weird

    10 Feb 2009 Reply
  • vess_csm

    great band :)

    3 Feb 2009 Reply
  • loudyloudy

    hot, sweaty, summertime southern funk deliverers!

    17 Nov 2008 Reply
  • BrandedCow

    Hell yeah, that new album is great. I saw them play at the Blackwater Sol Revue, where they featured a bunch of songs. As soon as I got home I had to get the album. . Only problem with the show was that they had back up singers, brass, and strings. Great for albums, but not quite the MOFRO I fell in love with.

    7 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Jamzilla

    The New album is just concentrated awesome :)

    2 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Jamzilla

    http://mofro.net/news/blog/uploaded_images/OB.Cover-733643.jpg Cover art for the new Album out August 26th, SO pumped!!

    24 Jul 2008 Reply
  • whutupp

    Wayyy too few plays for these guys.

    20 Jul 2008 Reply
  • BrandedCow

    I wanna go to the Balckwater show on Aug 30. Need to find a way to leave work without getting fired.

    6 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Jamzilla

    No matter where you live, south, north, east, west, the fuckin' moon, I'm telling you, give Mofro a spin during a cookout, or a summer night overlooking the canal on the porch, creates the absolute perfect atmosphere, these guys are great, and I've yet to meet anyone who thinks otherwise.

    17 May 2008 Reply
  • uselessgoo

    these guys should have way more listens on here. . .

    25 Mar 2008 Reply
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