JJ Grey

JJ Grey: The kid from Lochloosa stands out from Mofro.The kid from Lochloosa stands out from Mofro. Tobin Voggesser
JJ Grey: The kid from Lochloosa stands out from Mofro.The kid from Lochloosa stands out from Mofro. Tobin Voggesser

If you've ever been to Lochloosa, you'd wonder why JJ Grey is always singing about it. It's up in Florida lake country, past nothing and halfway to Hawthorne. I think there might be a Hardee's. But there's something in Grey's voice when he sings about his hometown. There's something that feels like real homesickness. I first heard that in Grey's voice back in 2002 at the Tampa juke joint Skipper's Smokehouse. It's a place that's nothing more than some park benches, corrugated metal, and a sound system. It actually feels like it could be in Lochloosa. Back when I saw them at Skipper's, it was just Mofro. Now it's JJ Grey & Mofro, and at Surfin Snook Summer Jam on the 20th, it'll be just JJ Grey. That headlining status is indicative of the change in Mofro: Now the spotlight is always on the kid from Lochloosa. No doubt Grey's voice has always been the soulful center of Mofro. He sounds like a Southern-rock guitarist bred with a Motown vocalist. Combine it with that dime-store electric piano he plays and it's clear why Grey can pick who backs him.

 
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