The Mighty Mojo Prophets – The Mighty Mojo Prophets (2011)

The Mighty Mojo Prophets - The Mighty Mojo Prophets (2011)
Artist: The Mighty Mojo Prophets
Album: The Mighty Mojo Prophets
Label: Rip Cat Records
Year Of Release: 2011
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)

1. Evil Sometimes
2. Friday Night Phone Call
3. Night Train
4. Life’s a Hurt’n Thing
5. Smile On My Face
6. Da Switch
7. West Coast Blues
8. Hoodoo Lover
9. My Baby
10. Love Me Like You Should
11. Carmen G
12. Boogie Woogie Rhythm


Tom “Big Son” Eliff – vocals
Mitch Dow – guitar
Scott Lambert – bass
Johnny Minguez – drums
Alex “Lil A” Woodson – harp
Junior Watson – guitar solo (2)
Edo Guidotti – organ (4)
Johnny Mastro – harp (7,8)
San Pedro Slim harp (13)

The Mighty Mojo Prophets is an excellent Southern California blues band. As soon as this CD is placed in a player you realize that you are in for a real blues experience. Tom ‘Big Son’ Eliff, lead vocalist, and Mitch Dow, guitarist, are the base for the band. These two also the main song writing force for the recording. The rest of the band consist of bass player Scott Lambert, Johnny Minguez beating on the drums, while Alex ‘Lil’ Woodson joins in with his harp. This mix of blues players presents their style of West Coast blues to us while maintaining a quality of ‘high-powered’ old school blues. This whole group plays well together.
Evil Sometimes starts out with ‘Lil A’ walking into the song with some ear grabbing harmonica. We are quickly aware of ‘Big Son’ and his well tuned blues vocals. This opening song is upbeat and lets us be aware that we are in for a musical treat. We should pay attention to Goodson’s harp solo on this tune. This is a good song to introduce us to The Mighty Mojo Prophets.

Night Train treats us to some slow blues featuring Mitch Dow’s distinctive guitar playing. His guitar work on this tune is really some fine stuff. Also in the mix is the subtle distorted harp playing from ‘Lil A’. His harmonica solo here really is an earful of blues. This track, for me will be one of my top of the list tunes. Friday Night Phone Call, an upbeat West Coast, swing, jump type tune featuring two guitar solos from guest player Junior Watson. These really highlight this song. Eliff and Dow’s lyrics tell us a tale of a phone call about a love gone band and over. This is what the blues is about.

Mighty Mojo Prophets has a big list of guest players adding a whole bunch of goodness to this recording. There are two fine harmonica players, Johnny Mastro and San Padro Slim and guitarist Junior Watson and Scott Abeyta. Also joining the band are Whiteboy James with vocals, Eddie Esudillo playing sax and Edo Guidotti playing the organ. This mix of musicians is one powerful addition to the CD! This is not a minus but The Mighty Mojo Prophets seems to be very capable of standing on its own. It is really hard to review this and point out the fine merits of the band with all of the other powerful artists involved.

The Mighty Mojo Prophets is one awesome recording! This band will move forward and become a force behind the blues scene in the future. This is a CD that I will highly recommend listening to. –Harmonica Joe

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