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  • Audio CD (October 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B000V6BDRW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blackwater
2. Ho Cake
3. Air
4. Jookhouse
5. Nare Sugar
6. Free
7. Florida
8. Cracka Break
9. Lazy Fo Acre
10. Santa Claus, True Love And Freedom
11. Frog Giggin'
12. Whitehouse
13. Brighter Days

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Product Description

MOFRO is led by singer / songwriter JJ Grey who grew up outside Jacksonville, developing a taste for raw grooves and living a life to inspire his soulful lyrics. Blackwater, Mofro's debut release on Fog City Records, maintains the label's focus on musicianship, fat tones and good times, deepened by insights into a place and culture that is slipping away with Florida's steady march to "progress".

Guest drummer George Sluppick (on loan from Robert Walter s 20th Congress) says: I feel like we've connected with each other on a very deep level... it's funky and groovin', like fried catfish and turnip greens... it's uplifting and spiritual, like grits and bacon... it's Southern to the core. My peoples!

Special guest: Robert Walter (Fog City recording artist and founding member of The Greyboy Allstars)

Reissued by Alligator Records (Oct 2007)

This is an ENHANCED CD: In addition to more than an hour of boombox-optimized barbeque soul, this CD can also be placed in the CD-ROM drive of most computers for a multimedia experience that a live video of "Ho Cake" (recorded in studio during the Blackwater sessions). It's got soul, and it's superbad!

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Florida's Mofro know you don't need a studio full of fancy effects to make a funky record. The act's debut CD spins tales from the Blackwater region around "front-porch soul," a stripped-down collection of bottom-heavy beats and hip-shaking rhythms. This is the kind of record G. Love should be making, a flawlessly tight package of funk, gospel, blues, and rock & roll fronted by singer-songwriter J.J. Grey. Although there are a number of instruments filling out the songs--slide guitar, bass, harmonica, keyboards, sax, and percussion--the arrangements all feel sparse enough to create an organic, authentic, easygoing vibe throughout the record. From the early Rolling Stones-esque blues of "Brighter Days," to the mouthwatering funk of "Ho Cake," Blackwater pays the highest respects to this area of northern Florida, both musically and lyrically. --Jennifer Maerz

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Back to basics...funk...southern rock.
bad magic cookie
It smacks of great summer roll down the windows lay in the sun beautiful music.
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It's a good time CD no matter what you're doing.
"funksoulsistah"

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Knapp on December 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
From the opening, spacey piano riff, it sounds like Mofro have been doing this for a whole lot longer than one record. The title track is stunning, otherworldly, and classic. I'd like to give this record 4.5 stars because at times it seems a little disjointed--like it can't choose between sentimental thudding funk and faster, jokey tunes--both are great, but it's a little jumpy at times. "Ho Cake" is great--a list of southern foods and some hilarious childhood anecdotes. My favorites are "Air," which makes use of rhodes electric piano, the looping "Free," the heart-wrenching "Florida," "Whitehouse," and the oh-so soulful "Brighter Days." Mofro owes just as much to the Meters (believe it or not) as they do to the environs of the Florida bayou and J.J.'s back woods upbringing. What comes across is a soulful, funky record specializing in sentimentality and filthy grooves. Recommended for fans of the aforementioned Meters, Galactic, funky jambands, and soul. These guys don't disappoint.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony Engelhart on January 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida comes the wide-ranging and assorted sounds of Mofro. Mofro's debut release for Fog City Records, Blackwater, is an eclectic mix of American music. Funk, Jazz, Blues, Rock and Soul mesh together for an individual and distinctive sound, which is already being praised by many critics and gaining national attention.
While Mofro didn't come into being until the winter of 1998, founding members Daryl Hance and JJ Grey met year's prior in Jacksonville's thriving music scene. Even though their influences were separate in origin, the duo became quick friends and formed the group Alma Zuma in 1995. With Daryl's love of the blues and 70's funk and JJ's passion for soul music, the group adopted a very distinctive sound. After the demise of the band, Daryl & JJ decided to put together a new band with a fresh sound. They commissioned Australian born keyboard/sax player, Nathan Shepard, and French bassist, Fabrice "FABGREASE" Quentin, to share in the enthusiasm. The two were drawn to the Southern spirit of funk and blues and were a natural appendage to the sound Hance and Grey were after.
Mofro's debut is just as eclectic as the members of the band, with a mix of Front porch soul, "Jookhouse" funk and swamp blues. The title track is low key with a deep southern flavor complete with soulful vocals, wailing harp, and weeping guitar. Ho Cake is a funk driven number with aggressive guitar licks, featuring a mammoth sax solo followed by an equally tight Hammond solo this tune could stand toe-toe with greats like Wilson Picket or Otis Redding at their funkiest. Mofro's slows it down a notch will some blue-eyed soul on the tender cut Air.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Baas on July 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There are a lot of great artist and a lot of great albums, but it is very rare that a group of artists put together a set of songs that all possess a simple genius and unwaivering syncapated groove like Mofro's Blackwater. Regardless of sales numbers, this disk should be at, or near the top, of any greatest albums of all time list.

JJ Grey's philosophy of less is more... funky, is what makes you want more of every track. The arangements are solid and kept to an appropriate length. The lyrics on all of the tracks compliment the instumentals perfectly, and relate to good old common sense. The song "Free" is the best commentary of our society, politics, and human nature that I have ever heard in a song.

Once you listen to this disk you will laugh at the next media driven award show you see. You will shake your head and say to yourself, "they just don't get it". Well Mofro does, and they expressed it perfectly on "Blackwater." So find yourself a warm night, a cool drink, a front porch, Mofro's "Blackwater", and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have never written an online review for Amazon, despite having bought dozens of cds and spent many hours browsing the site. I just have to rave about this album though, because I bought it on a whim at a local record store.

If I had not taken a shot-in-the-dark chance, I might have missed this future classic. Be advised-you cannot get a true flavor for what this band is about in a thirty second sample--their true magic reveals itself far too gracefully for that. If you want to hear the album in its entirety, go to the band's website.

If these guys had released this cd back when soulful vocals, songwriting ability, and space meant something, songs like Lazy Fo' Acre, Air, Whitehouse and Brighter Days would have been sure-fire top ten hits.

Imagine what a cross between Stevie Wonder, James Brown, John Lee Hooker and Jerry Reed would have sounded like singing with the Muscle Schoals Rhythm Section (circa Duane Allman's involvement, minus the horn section), throw in a heavy dose of 70's funk, and you'll get a vague idea of what's in store here. The lo-fi production values perfectly capture the band's laid-back, steamy, slightly spacey vibe, while the heartfelt, hook-ridden, funky songwriting is among the best I've ever heard in the funky r&b/soul genre.

Do yourself a favor and buy it today.
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