Chattanooga Now JJ Grey returns with new CD - Oct. 30

Chattanooga Now JJ Grey returns with new CD - Oct. 30

October 24th, 2013 by Barry Courter in Chattnow Music


* What: JJ Grey & Mofro

* When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30

* Where: Track 29, 1400 Market St.

* Admission: $15 advance, $17 day of

* Phone: 423-521-2929

* Website:

JJ Grey has released almost an album a year since 2007, so he knows his way around a studio. On his latest release, "This River," he knew he wanted horns, and he knew he wanted them to be recorded live with the band rather than added later via overdubbing.

"If you track a record, you have to imagine what they will sound like so you might play less, or more, so you never really know," he says. "You have to be aware and leave room. It works out better having them in the room with you."

The result is a powerful record of the Southern blues rock music that Grey and Mofro have been making for years.

"It was a great experience, and I'm really happy with it," Grey says. "It exceeded my expectations."

Grey will perform Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Track 29, and he is looking forward to returning to Chattanooga. He says he was here a couple of weeks ago, but as a tourist, having spent two nights here hanging out.

"I saw the 'Great White Shark 3D' movie, and then on Sunday I watched football at a bar downtown. Oh, and I practiced on guitar, which I desperately needed to do."

The lineup for Mofro has been fairly fluid over the years. The current lineup is Art Edmaiston on sax, Dennis Marion on trumpet, Anthony Farrell on organ and piano, Todd Smallie on bass, Anthony Cole on drums and Andrew Trube on guitar.

When he writes, Grey says he usually demos the track on his home studio. While the songs are mostly done when he is through, he likes to let the individual band members "work their magic" by adding their own color.

"The songs don't change that much," he says. "It's more of a feel thing, but it's enough."

Grey was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and still calls it home. He's been touring and recording for more than a dozen years, releasing his first album, "Blackwater," in 2001.

He's had songs featured in movies and television shows including "Friday Night Lights," "The Glades," "Crash" and "Deadliest Catch."

Contact Barry Courter at or 423-757-6354.