Smart bets: JJ Grey & Mofro

No prior knowledge of Jacksonville, Fla., rock/soul/funk/blues band JJ Grey & Mofro is required to jump into the group’s latest recording, Ol’ Glory. The songs share space with orange groves, cypress knees, tent revivals and backyard parties that stretch from sun-baked afternoons into the welcome cool of summer evenings. Grey’s vocal is at turns whiskey-soaked and road-weary, but it rings true in each note depicting Southern landscapes, fireflies, friendships and swaggery romance. Grey has long performed (on recording and live) with some formidable musicians who are as familiar with deep grooves as with soulful melodies — and he’s a talented visual artist to boot. The stylized flora and fauna gracing the cover of Ol’ Glory are Grey’s own design. The band plays the Pisgah Brewing Co. outdoor stage on Friday, July 10. 7:30 p.m. $27 advance/$32 day of show/$55 VIP. pisgahbrewing.com. Photo by Jim Arbogast

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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