Live & Direct with JJ Grey
J.J. Grey visited the WYEP Studios on April 16, 2013--the official release day for his album, This River. Grey explained to WYEP's Mike Sauter the backstories to a number of the songs on the new full-length, including the album's title song (about the St. John’s River in Grey's native Florida). Local place names of a different sort inform the song "Florabama": a popular watering hole near the Florida/Alabama border. And the single "99 Shades of Crazy," Grey admitted, is autobiographical.
In between performing four songs from This River solo acoustic, Grey revealed some behind-the-scenes details about the album's recording including the live feel and the first-ever inclusion on a Mofro album of a composition by one of the members of Grey's band. We also learned that drummer Stan Lynch (of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers fame) contributed one very specific task on This River, a slow percussion part using a homebrew shaker.
Another topic discussed was the experience of performing at Lollapalooza last summer when more than 60,000 people (including the artists) had to be evacuated from the festival site due to a lightning storm. Grey also talked about how he makes the simple, elegant artwork for his album covers.
- Tame A Wild One
- Somebody Else
- 99 Shades of Crazy
- This River