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. There might be a Hardee's there. But there's something in Grey's voice when he sings that song about his hometown. There's something that feels like true homesickness.
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At the beginning, his band was just Mofro, but now it's JJ Grey & Mofro, and that name change is evident in the band's stage presence. 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 there's no doubt Grey has a sound that means he can choose who backs him.