Song of the Day: Lochloosa by JJ Grey & Mofro

Sunrise on Lochloosa

Lochloosa is a song from the second studio album by the Jacksonville, Florida based band MOFRO. The album was inspired by Lochloosa Lake, which embodies the natural part of the Florida heartland that the band often sings about in their songs.

Lyrics:

Homesick but it’s alright
Lochloosa is on my mind
She’s on my mind

I swear it’s ten thousand degrees in the shade
Lord have mercy knows – how much I love it

Every mosquito every rattlesnake
Every cane break – everything

Every alligator every blackwater swamp
Every freshwater spring – everything

All we need is one more damn developer
Tearing her heart out

All we need is one more Mickey Mouse
Another golf course another country club
Another gated community

Lord I need her
Lord I need her
And she’s slipping away

If my grandfather could see her now
He’d lay down and die

Cause every minute every second every hour
Every day – Lord she’s slipping away
Homesick but it’s alright
Lochloosa is on my mind
She’s on my mind

……

JJ Grey & Mofro (formerly billed just as Mofro) is a Southern rock/soul/funk/blues jam band from Jacksonville, Florida composed of JJ Grey (vocals,electric piano, acoustic guitar and electric guitar, harmonica), Andrew Trube (electric guitar and slide guitar), Anthony Farrell (Hammond organ), Anthony Cole (drums) and the “Hercules Horns” Dennis Marion (trumpet), Art Edmaiston (tenor saxophone) and Todd Smallie (bass guitar).

JJ Grey and Mofro’s music has been described as a combination blues, funk, soul, and rock. Most of the songs are written by JJ Grey and a lot of them are about the region he grew up in around Jacksonville, Florida. JJ Grey attributes artist like Big Bad John and Jim Reeves when it comes to their style of story songwriting and how it has influenced the way he writes his songs. Grey also credits southern rock acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jerry Reed as artist who have influenced his style of music, as well as more soulful artists like Toots Hibbert and Otis Redding. JJ Grey and Mofro are also known for their extensive touring schedule and have continually played at the major summer music festivals including Bonnaroo, All Good Festival, Austin City Limits, Wakarusa, and Rothbury. Early on in their touring days, JJ Grey and Mofro gained fame in the jam band scene while touring with acts such as Widespread Panic, Galactic, and Ben Harper. JJ Grey attributes most of the band’s strength to their performance on the stage rather than in the studio.

JJ Grey & MOFRO

Also known as Mofro
Origin Jacksonville, Florida
Genres Southern rock, blues-rock, soul rock, funk-rock, swamp rock, jam rock
Years active Late 1990s–present
Labels Fog City Records
Alligator Records
Website JJ Grey & MOFRO home page
Members JJ Grey
Andrew Trube
Art Edmaiston
Dennis Marion
Anthony “AC” Cole
Anthony Farrell
Todd Smallie
Past members Fabrice Quentin
George Sluppick
Nathan Shepard
Mike Shapiro
Adam Scone
Craig Barnette
Steve Cybulski
Daryl Hance
Bea “B.B.Queen” Gayle

photo by William Garrett

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