"Rock and roll is dead. Or rather… rock and roll WAS dead and Blacktop Mojo just poured a bottle of whiskey down its throat and took the damn defibrillators to town on that b*tch until it woke the hell up. " - Kevin Skinner, Fox Force Five News
Hailing from east Texas, Blacktop Mojo got a start playing country bars and dance halls with an eclectic mix of cover songs that would get a foot in the door. They name early influences such as Tom Petty, Jason Boland and even Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. It's certainly provided a flawless musical foundation, as the five Texan rockers found success with a grungier Southern Rock sound characterized by intense and delightfully overwhelming guitar riffs, lyrically clever lines and stunnig vocals. Truth be told, anyone who can nail a cover of Aerosmith's Dream On gets some serious kudos from us. Under the guidance of Muscle Shoals Studio producer Jimmy Johnson, their sophomore albumBurn the Ships was released in 2017 to critical acclaim. The album is unafraid to address darker tones; of title track Burn the Ships, Teresa Burke of Moments In Sound affirms; (it) "paints the perfect picture of intensity and chaos." Indeed, the album addresses the pivotal 'all-in' moment when the band quit their jobs to devote themselves to their craft. They quickly hit #27 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart withWhere The Wind Blows and haven't looked back.
Our team sat down with Matt to share some post-show Twizzlers, chat about life on the road and their musical direction. We ask about the elusive song It Won't Last, currently reserved only for live performances. Matt alludes that it may be on their third album, which is currently in the works. They go on to talk candidly about the next album, covertly tagged "Mojo 3." It's an elusive discussion; "we kind of want to see where the songs go, where it takes us." We can look forward to their signature mix of heavier sounds with a smattering of their delicious bluesy acoustic style; "it's a little bit of everything." If it's anything like Burn The Ships, we're looking forward to it already.
We asked how it feels to play bigger festivals like Rockfest? Matt says, "It's really fun, there's really no other word for it. The big stage and playing really loud, getting everyone pumped up - is super fun." They talk about crazy tour and travelling experiences, getting stuck in Arkansas and dealing with near-death experiences on the road; "we just knew that whatever happened after that, it's not so bad." With an adventurous spirit, the five boys look forward to wrapping up their year.
After playing upcoming sets at Louder Than Life and Rock Allegiance, they are taking the remainder of the year to work on music. With a the new album in the works, we hope to see them on tour once again in 2019. Be sure to follow them here and preorder "Mojo" three here.
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