If you think there's nothing new and exciting coming out of the blues genre, you haven't heard The Mojo Roots. Their brand of harp-driven, soul-soaked blues is nothing short of electrifying, shifting effortlessly from a driving, hard-hitting shuffle to an aching, tear-dripping slow blues. Having shared the stage with artists such as Jimmie Vaughan, Roomful of Blues, and John Lee Hooker Jr., The Mojo Roots are captivating audiences all across the Midwest.
Fronting the band on harp and vocals, Jordan Thomas loses himself in every song---with incredible results. Thomas's passionate vocals and fiery harp-playing truly set The Mojo Roots apart, and when off the harp, his rhythm guitar work fills just the right niche. On the lead guitar, Trevor ''T.J.'' Judkins is quickly winning accolades as an incredibly virtuosic young guitarist, with a rich tone and economy of playing in the style of Peter Green. Bassist Jim Rush, a stalwart Midwest blues performer for over three decades, holds the band together with thick, punchy bass lines. An accomplished front man in his own right, Rush also shares the microphone on some tunes. Paired with drummer Andy Naugle's clean and controlled backbeat, steeped in the tradition of great Chicago blues bands, Rush and Naugle form an unshakeable rhythm foundation for this blues tour-de-force.
With the release of their first full-length album Thirteen Shades of Blue in 2010, The Mojo Roots are poised to take their place as one of the Midwest's finest blues bands. Comprised of thirteen diverse, all-original tracks, Thirteen Shades of Blue serves as a testament to the band's devotion to both preserving and further developing the blues.