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JJ Grey and Mofro - Olustee Tour with Cedric Burnside - 4/18

JJ Grey and Mofro - Olustee Tour with Cedric Burnside - 4/18

Impassioned singing, riff-based Southern rock, cold bloodedswamp funk and sly Memphis soul. Rich, funky blues celebrate life’s mostfundamental joys. Grey is a singer-songwriter with unforced talent and deepfeeling. --The New York Times

A deeply-rooted blend of southern-fried rock and swampfunk…richly evocative lyrics…plainspoken, blue-collar American music. --NPR

The swami of swamp rock…JJ Grey is a North Florida sage andpurveyor of the funkiest swamp rock the world has ever heard…Chicken-scratchguitar and bone-deep songs. --Oxford American

According to musician, singer and artist JJ Grey, “The bestsongs I've ever written, I never wrote. They wrote themselves. The best show Iever played, played itself and had little to do with me or talent. To me, thosethings come from the power of an honest moment, and I guess I'm trying to livein that power and not force life to cough up what I want.”

Since his first album, Blackwater, back in 2001, Grey hasbeen releasing deeply moving, masterfully written, funkified rock and frontporch Southern soul music. Now, with his new album, Olustee – his tenth andfirst in nine years, and the first he has self-produced – Grey is back, singinghis personal stories with universal themes of redemption, rebirth, hard luck,and inner peace. With his music, Grey also celebrates good times with lifelongfriends, oftentimes mixing the carnal with the cerebral in the very same song.Fueled by his vividly detailed, timeless originals spun from his own life andexperiences in the Northern Florida swampland, Grey’s gritty baritone dripswith honest passion and testifies with a preacher’s foot-pounding fervor.

With Olustee, JJ Grey has once again pushed the boundariesof his own creative musical, lyrical and vocal talents, delivering an albumthat is destined to become a stone-cold classic. Many of the songs are allsteeped in the mythical Southern stories of his ancestral Florida home andfilled with people from JJ’s life. The songs overflow with the sights andsounds of the region as told through the eyes of a poet and sung with pure,unvarnished soul. The album’s ten songs range from the introspective opener TheSea to the raucous, celebratory first radio single, Wonderland, to an escapefrom an out-of-control wildfire in the title track, to the inward-lookingcloser, Deeper Than Belief. Singing of his own personal triumphs and struggles,his hopes and desires, his friends and family, Grey’s message is simple andstrong: respect the natural world and always try to live in the moment. Andnever forget the importance of having a good time.

The Amp Ballantyne
06:00 PM - 11:59 PM on Thu, 18 Apr 2024

Event Supported By

Visulite Theatre

Artist Group Info

JJ Grey & Mofro
The Amp Ballantyne
11115 Upper Ave
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277