And we’re into March already,time for another TW3 and we’re now onto TW3 – Week 8. So what have I been up to on the music front. Well the highlight of the week was seeing JJ Grey & Mofro at the Taft Theater in Cincinnati on Friday (27th February).
Up until a couple of weeks ago, when my wife Tara bought the tickets, I’d never heard of JJ Grey & Mofro. Apparently they’re quite big on this side of the Atlantic, but back in the UK they hadn’t registered on my radar.
It was also our first time at the Taft Theater, and I have to say it’s a great venue, with great acoustics and a great bar, selling local craft beers!
The support for the night were London Souls and although the Cincinnati crowd seemed to enjoy them, I’m afraid I couldn’t get into them at all.
As for JJ Grey & Mofro, I definitely got into them. For a band I’ve never seen or heard before, they kept me entertained from start to finish. The band were simply amazing, all of them being supremely gifted musicians. They’ve obviously got quite a loyal following, as the crowd were singing along to a lot of the numbers.Being my first time, I didn’t recognize the old songs,and as most of them weren’t introduced I can’t name them. JJ Grey did introduce the songs they played from his new album Ol’ Glory,all of which were very good, my favorite being The Island, which they performed at the start of their encore.
I purchased ,Ol’ Glory on vinyl, from the merchandise song and was well impressed that it came with a download code for the album as well. As this is the first new vinyl album I’ve bought for quite a while, I don’t know if this is the norm, but fair play to the Mascot Label Group for doing this.
As for the album Ol’ Glory, I love it! but not as much as Tara!
Ol’ Glory is currently in the top ten of the Americana charts and Americana features heavily on my other purchase last week. And I got it from Cracker Barrel of all places! We were there a few days ago and on the way out we noticed the featured artist CD they were promoting was Man of Constant Sorrow by Ralph Stanley & Friends. And what friends they are! I won’t name them all, just those I’ve seen live, Robert Plant, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale and Old Crow Medicine Show. Seeing that guest list I had to buy it! And it’s superb, every track is brilliant.
I came across that via a link on Dom Flemons‘ Facebook feed, which is a mine of great music and information. He recently had a link to an interview he did for the Oxford American magazine with a guy called Chris Strachwitz, founder of Arhoolie Records. It’s a fascinating piece, entitled It’s got a Hold of me, and it led me to taking out a subscription for the Oxford American and then buying a DVD, This Ain’t No Mouse Music! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records.
Finally I picked up a couple of new followers on Twitter, firstly Arc and Stones, who sound pretty damned good, check this out:
And then there’s RadioRomance, again another cracking band, have a listen to this:
So that’s TW3 Week 8 done with!