JJ Grey, Marc Broussard talk new releases, tour

Southern soul music is headed north as JJ Grey & Mofro and Marc Broussard team up for shows in Boston and New York City this week.

New album, tour:

New album, tour: Mofro, featuring keyboardist Anthony Farrell (left), guitarist Andrew Trube, drummer Anthony Cole and guitarist/vocalist JJ Grey, releases “Ol’ Glory” on Feb. 24 and plays Boston next week.

Interviews with Grey and Broussard aired on Greasy Tracks on Feb. 14 as the duo talked about their up-coming tours, new releases and pending projects.

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Grey and his band are slated to release their seventh studio album, “Ol’ Glory” (Provogue) on Feb. 24. Similar to previous efforts, the all-original offerings bring a mix of horn-laden, soulful rock and heartfelt ballads.

On the road again: Marc Broussard (left) and JJ Grey lead their respective bands as they share a handful of bills in North America and Europe over the next two months.

On the road again: Marc Broussard (left) and JJ Grey lead their respective bands as they share a handful of bills in North America and Europe over the next two months.

Tracks from the CD were featured on the show.

To listen to new Mofro material and the interview with Grey, click here.

On Feb. 14, Mofro opens its tour in Florida before heading up the coast where they will play the House of Blues in Boston on Feb. 20 with Broussard and the London Souls supporting. The same line-up then plays Terminal 5 in New York City on Feb. 21. The day before the Boston date, Broussard is at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Bayou soul:

Bayou soul: Citing Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder as influences, Marc Broussard (above) puts his own stamp on soul.

In March, Mofro and Broussard head to Europe to play a handful of dates together in England, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Broussard has shared bills in Europe with Mofro in the past and Grey and Broussard have done short tours over the last year with Anders Osborne and Luther Dickenson of the North Mississippi Allstars as part of the Southern Soul Assembly.

In addition to guitarist/vocalist Grey, Mofro is rounded out by guitarist Andrew Trube, organist Anthony Farrell, drummer Anthony Cole, bassist Todd Smallie with Dennis Marion on trumpet and Jeff Dazey on saxophone.

Coming off the release of his fifth studio album last year, “Life Worth Living” (Vanguard), Broussard, who is based about two hours from New Orleans in Carencro, La., cites Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder as prime influences, but does not deny the impact of the soulful, yet swampy bayou musical heritage of his home state.

To hear tracks by Broussard and the interview with him, click here.

Greasy Tracks, which airs Saturdays 3:30-5:30 p.m., is the longest-running soul and blues show in Connecticut.
The Southern Soul Assembly:

The Southern Soul Assembly: Luther Dickenson (left), Marc Broussard, JJ Grey and Anders Osborne at the Reagent Theatre in Los Angeles last year. The group may be going into the studio this year. (Jim Brock photo)

 

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