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Showing posts with label Mighty Mojo Prophets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mighty Mojo Prophets. Show all posts

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Blues Festival Debuts, Bringing Blues Back to Long Beach


Sunday, August 31, 2014 - P.O.A. (Police Officers Association) Park

In Addition To A Star-Studded Music Lineup, Also Food & Crafts Vendors In A Beautiful Outdoor Setting Near The Pacific Ocean!

Award-winning acoustic blues guitar master, Bernie Pearl.

Prolific singer/songwriter, rising star, and daughter of actor/blues musician Jim Belushi:  Jami Bess Belushi

  (Long Beach, CA) - The First Annual New Blues Festival, more than anything else, is bringing the Blues back to Long Beach in a big way - back where they belong!

  New Blues Festival takes place on Sunday, August 31 (Labor Day Weekend), at POA (Police Officers Association) Park, 7390 E. Carson St., Long Beach. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.  Tickets priced at $20. (children 12 and under, free). Purchase tickets now at Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ (six locations) or at Info: (562) 762-8317 or visit

   "It is an honor to join the original founders of the Long Beach Blues Festival and so many legendary and new stars of the blues this Labor Day weekend, the traditional weekend for festival blues in Long Beach!," says William Grisolia, Producer of the New Blues Festival.  "For over thirty years, the Southern California region has been treated to this most American of music and each artist, volunteer and sponsor will be proud this year to have helped revive our communities’ rich cultural tradition. Congratulations and bravo to each of you!" 

  Taking place on the onetime site of the venerable Big Time Blues Festival presented by the late Betty Miller and partner Bernie Pearl, this year's new Blues festival lineup features:

Bernie Pearl - Long Beach acoustic guitar great/Blues Blast Music Awards nominee

Boxcar 7 -  Seven-piece show ensemble voted "Best Long Beach Band

Brophy Dale Band -  Passionate purveyors of roots-y rock 'n' blues

Jami Bess BelushiProlific singer/songwriter, rising star, and daughter of actor/blues musician, Jim Belushi

Joe Kincaid & the Soul Brothers Band -  Veteran Long Beach favorites and groovemasters galore

Mighty Mojo Prophets - One of the shining stars on the renowned Delta Groove Records label (see video below)

New Blues Revolution -  Avant-Garde Blues revolutionaries

Sandi Thom - Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known as "The Scottish Songbird"

Stoney B Blues Band  - Straight outta San Diego by way of Chicago, Blues guitarist/showman extraordinaire

Whiteboy James & the Blues Express - This force of (musical) nature is also one of the premiere acts on SoCal-based Rip Cat Records

Mighty Mojo Prophets performing William Clarke's "Pawnshop" live:



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Delta Groove Music artists: The Mighty Mojo Prophets - Flyin' Home From Memphis - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Flyin' Home From Memphis, from The Mighty Mojo Prophets and it's a non stop blues jam. Opening With Sweetness, a Chicago style blues, Alex "Li'l A" Woodson lays out a nice plate of harp. Tom "Big Son" Eliff takes the lead on vocal and Mitch "Da Switch" Dow lays down some cool Elmore James style riffs. The Gambler has a very light breezy tempo along the lines of some of the early Butterfield work. Dow plays tight rhythm with Dave Deforest on bass and Alex Schwartz on drums. Lucky Man is back in the Chicago groove this time joined by San Pedro Slim on harp. Slim rips a pretty hot solo to compliment this very solid track. I Can't Believe switches to a full blown R&B track with Mark Sample on sax and Johnny V on Trumpet. Mike Malone adds real warmth on the bottom with his organ and Dow plays very slick riffs to compliment Eliff's vocals. The .45 is right out of Elmore James' song book with hot slide riffs by Dow. The is a great track and possibly one of my favorites on the release. California, a jump track, really plays into Eliff's natural singing style (to my ears) and has earmarks from Louis Jordan tracks. Dow plays some really nice lead work in response to singing lead and the band is extremely tight. Sample plays a really swingin' sax solo on this track as well. Remember Me is a great deep Chicago style blues track. Malone tickles the piano and Woodson is right on the harp. Dow even does a fair job of mimicking Morganfield's guitar style but a little cleaner overall. Very cool. One For Me has a bit of a rock a billy style or a twist of Chuck Berry. A real mover, this track will undoubtedly fill the dance floor. Strong Medicine comes out of the shoot with the Bo Diddley beat. Woodson blows a fine solo on this track opening the door for some fine slide work by Dow. Jo's Jive is a cool little instrumental featuring Dow playing some cool T-Bone Walker style riffs but keeping an identity all his own. A primary riff, a rolling riff and double stops make it a cool little track. Street Corner Preacher has a bit of a country blues gait and a funky hitch... think some of Bishop's tracks. Malone is featured on Keys on this track along with Eliff's vocals and a short solo from Dow. Wrapping up the release is Whachulookinfor, strongly influenced by Big Bill Broonzy or Charlie Segar. A light hearted blues featuring mostly Malone on piano and Eliff on vocals it's a great finishing track. This release does not earmark a specific sound for the band but does demonstrate a clear ability to write and play many styles of music that flow nicely together resulting in a interesting and enjoyable release.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Release Available Now: The Mighty Mojo Prophets "Flyin' Home From Memphis"


Retail: $17.99
Discounted Price: $12.99
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Tom "Big Son" Eliff: Vocals
Mitch "Da Switch" Dow: Guitars
Alex Schwartz: Drums
Dave Deforest: Bass
Mike Malone: Piano, Organ, BG Vocals
Mark Sample: Tenor Sax
Johnny V: Trumpet
Alex "Li'l A" Woodson: Harmonica
San Pedro Slim: Harmonica


01. Sweetness (4:57)
02. The Gambler (3:57)
03. Lucky Man (4:14)
04. I Can't Believe (4:31)
05. The .45 (4:35)
06. California (3:56)
07. Remember Me (5:57)
08. One For Me (4:02)
09. Strong Medicine (5:04)
10. Jo's Jive (3:14)
11. She's Gone (3:55)
12. Street Corner Preacher (3:57)
13. Whachulookinfor (2:28)

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Although it's certainly not the first state that comes to mind when one associates the blues with a particular region of the U.S., California has contributed more than its fair share to the idiom. Even with our endless days of golden sunshine, palm tree-lined boulevards, over-abundance of beautiful women and Hollywood glitz and glamour, Californians still manage to come down with a serious case of the blues. And thanks to folks such as T-Bone Walker, Charles Brown, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, Big Joe Turner and Johnny "Guitar" Watson who migrated out West during the '40s and '50s, we even have a name for it—West Coast blues. In the ensuing years this style continued to flourish in the Golden State, propelled forward by another generation of artists in Southern California that included Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, the James Harman Band, William Clarke, Lynwood Slim and the Hollywood Fats Band.
It's this particular brand of blues that informs the sound of Long Beach newcomers The Mighty Mojo Prophets. Formed in late 2007 by vocalist Tom "Big Son" Eliff and guitarist Mitch "Da Switch" Dow, the Prophets set forth to lay down some of the most honest, straight-ahead blues that they could conjure up. Rather than taking the easy way out and simply retread the songbooks of their bygone heroes of yesteryear, Eliff and Dow put their heads together (and possibly a little Goofer dust) and crafted their self-titled national debut for Rip Cat Records in 2011. The results landed them a 2012 Blues Music Award nomination for Best New Artist Debut and a ticket to Memphis, where the band had the opportunity to work their mojo in front of a crowd of their own peers at the esteemed event's pre-party celebration on May 10, 2012, at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis.
The Mighty Mojo Prophets' follow-up effort Flyin' Home From Memphis continues the tale with thirteen skillfully written and wonderfully performed songs, composed by founding members Tommy Eliff and Mitch Dow. Together they've summoned a veritable bevy of musical variations beyond their adopted West Coast roots to incorporate other regional styles such as Chicago and Texas blues, Memphis soul, country blues and proto-rock 'n' roll. With solid rhythmic support from Dave Deforest on bass and Alex Schwartz on drums, along with special guests San Pedro Slim and Alex "Li'l A" Woodson on harmonica, Mike Malone on piano and organ, plus the B7 Horns consisting of Mark Sample on tenor sax and Jonny V on trumpet, this collection stands out as a refreshingly original take on traditional roots styles in a sea of 'the same ol' thing'.

"Dow compliments Eliff's vocals with big splashes of glistening chords and some dazzling solos that recall T-Bone Walker and Albert Collins."
– Blues Revue Magazine
"Tom "Big Son" Eliff's vocals are smooth and authoritative. Guitarist Mitch Dow masterfully dishes out blues with the finesse of a jazz player. Alex "Li'l A" Woodson's harp tone is thick and quintessentially "blues"…"
– American Blues News
"They may have a foot firmly planted in the soil tilled by Big Joe Turner and
T-Bone Walker but they reach far beyond the Golden State to Texas, Chicago,
the Mississippi Delta and beyond."
– Blues Blast Magazine