Wednesday, June 20, 2012

One Bad Mothah

Home sick today and obsessively listening to Blackwater, by Mofro.

How to describe?

Old school blues, I guess, with a 70's kinda feel and maybe a hint of white trash (or southern rock if you prefer).*

And how does it play?

Plays like Shaft, baby. One bad mothah...

The whole album is very laid-back-yet-energized; feels like a saunter masquerading as a strut.

You know those people who try too hard? Overcompensate - maybe for a lack of talent, or just out of personal insecurity?**

Yeah, this ain't that. 

I'm listening to the the titular track now, Blackwater, which builds and moves effortlessly along, not unlike the river it describes. Soulful piano chords (with maybe just a hint of gospel) punctuated by a slowly syncopated drum beat and underscored by a throbbing, almost ominous bass guitar.
Throw in a soulful, howling harmonica (think Zeppelin, When the Levy Breaks) and seemingly so familiar lyrics"roll, blackwater, roll" delivered in an unassuming alto***, and roll on it does.

Plus, not to beat the metaphor to death, but there is a definite ebb and flow to the song, which reinforces it's timeless quality. And it's far from the best song on the album, but just to give you a slice.

I dig also, "Florida" and "Lazy Fo Nacre". The latter, in particular, which has these funky, late 60's piano chords which are just... lush, baby. Makes me want to throw on a beret, smoke a spliff, and start bobbing my head in time with the universe.

But I digress.

If you like dem old school blues, with a 70's blues/funk/southern rock spin, give 'er a listen.

You will not be dissappointed. 
*And yes, I spent part of my formative years dwelling in a trailer, so I know of what I speak. 
**'Minds me of myself and acting, at least initially. Used to push way too much - trying to overcome everything with energy, or force of will.
 ***Reminiscent of Jesse Colin Young, maybe, with a little more texture and depth.


  1. Anonymous10:46 AM

    A little "MORE" texture and depth! If Soul of a City Boy had any more t&d it would be a spiked walled bottomless pit! It don't get no better than Stranger love or Rye Whiskey!
    You can take the boy out of the trailer but you can't make him think good!

  2. Uh... yeah, so I was actually speaking instrumentally about the whole "texture and depth" thing - no aspersions being cast on Jesse. Cool?

    1. Anonymous7:43 AM

      You're the best little groveler ever!!

  3. Anonymous7:06 AM, the truth is Soul of a City Boy was his only good album (I played it last night,ON ORIGINAL VINYL!). Sadly, followed by mostly inane "feel good" songs and the creepy song about young girls by the roadside. So, you may have a point about the texture and depth thing. I wouldn't want you to suspect that I was taking yet another opportunity to be critical of loin-fruit. D.O.D.

  4. Groveler is it? Old man, I'm coming for you.

  5. Anonymous5:42 PM

    Now,now, Butchey.Who's my favorite little booger? It's YOU! Oh, and incidentally, the last guy that "came for me" used to be called "Godzilla the Killa", now he's known as "Bad-Eye Laughs-Backwards Drooling Potato-Face Lefty Stump-Boy".