Band of the Day

2014.10.04

The Mojo Gurus

If rock 'n' roll is dead, this Floridian foursome are refusing to attend the funeral
See there used to be a time when you really had to know how to play, but why learn the guitar when your daddy's charge card is all you need to make it big these days?
lyrics from The Last Rock 'N' Roll Show

The argument has been made that rock 'n' roll is dead. Well, if it is, The Mojo Gurus have refused to attend the funeral. These four guys from the Tampa Bay area of Florida play as if the burden of saving the genre lay squarely upon their shoulders. Led by singer/songwriter Kevin Steele, the Gurus come off as determined to remind us of something too many people have forgotten... the spirit in which rock 'n' roll was originally intended. Shake 'em on down! Backed by Doc Lovett's rhythm and booze guitar riffs, Vinnie Granese's thick-and-black-as-Mississippi- Delta-mud bass runs and Sean Doyle’s cannon shot voodoo drum beats, The Mojo Gurus perform real deal rock 'n' roll with enough strut and swagger to make most of today's flavor of the month bands pale in comparison. The Mojo Gurus released their debut disc Hot Damn! to great critical acclaim. The bands hard work ethic continued to pay dividends when after a New York City showcase they were handpicked by Grammy Award winning producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, New York Dolls) to be his next recording project. The result was Shakin’ In The Barn which was followed up by the grittier, more Southern-leaning Let’s Get Lit With...The Mojo Gurus. Now the pendulum swings back to pure unadulterated rock 'n' roll fun with Who Asked Ya? “This is the best Mojo Gurus record yet,” stated Steele on the new release. “I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. This one’s got a little bit of everything. It’s a great party album.” The record features the horn driven, funk rocker “Where You Hidin' Your Love” (produced by Tommy Henricksen – Alice Cooper, Lou Reed), the Stones-esque, sounding “The Last Rock 'N' Roll Show”, the Tex-Mex surf bravado of “Bandito”, the glam slam “Devil To Pay” that’s equal parts T. Rex and Mott The Hoople and the clever, tongue in cheek, blues rocker “Not That Much”. This album is a rock 'n' roll tour de force, barreling out of control down Highway 61 and crashing through your speakers. You think rock 'n' roll is dead? Well, The Mojo Gurus say... Who Asked Ya?