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sly-mojo-1200Utterly fresh and unique but steeped in the tradition of real, authentic blues, Mojo’s music is truly world-class. With charisma and a naturally-captivating stage presence, thirty-eight-year-old Mojo breathes new life into roots-based sounds. Equally at home with a band or in solo performance in the most specialised fields of true blues or on a pop festival stage, Mojo transcends all age and fashion barriers.

Since forming in 1998, The Mojo Webb Band has forged a unique path in the Australian music scene. Performing an original brand of blues and roots music, the trio of Mojo Webb, Coojee Timms and JB Lewis have toured the nation, performing at major music festivals including Womadelaide, Byron Bay Blues & Roots Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Australian Blues Music Festival, Blues On Broadbeach Festival, Bridgetown Blues Festival, Thredbo Blues Festival and Caloundra Music Festival, among others.

Mojo Webb, whose solo debut 2006 album The Burden garnered him the 2006 Australian Blues Music Chain Award for Best New Talent of The Year is the possessor of a singular and amazing singing talent and is a world-class guitarist/multi-instrumentalist. He played every instrument on The Burden, including guitar, bass, drums, harmonica and saxophone as well as writing and singing all the songs.

Together with Coojee Timms (drums) and JB Lewis (bass and guitar), Mojo’s live performances are the stuff of legend. His unique and engaging stage presence combines effortlessly with his incendiary and original vocal style. Whether he’s blowing the roof off with fat-toned harmonica or brandishing his trademark fiery guitar, Mojo prowls the stage – imploring, preaching, boasting. With the kind of musical telepathy made possible only through many years of collaboration, these three guys work as one, creating a sound that’s fresh yet steeped in tradition. They are equally at home in a small blues club or on a large festival stage. They simply astonish.

In 2011, The Mojo Webb Band won the inaugural Blues Association of South East Queensland (BASEQ) Memphis Blues Challenge. As a result, the band was sent by BASEQ to Memphis Tennessee in February 2012 to compete against acts from around the globe in the 2012 International Blues Challenge, held by The Blues Foundation. The guys made a huge impression with judges, blues fans, peers and industry types alike. They reached the semi-final stage and caused quite a stir with their impassioned performances. Invitations to US and European festivals were among the results that the band achieved.

Released in early 2012, the band’s debut album (yep, after 13 years!) The Cat is proving to be a firm favourite with blues and roots fans. The record features 13 all-original songs recorded and mixed all-analogue. Distributed through Black Market Music and online, The Cat, along with the band’s amazing stage show, promises to spread word of The Mojo Webb Band far and wide.

See Mojo Webb at the Condong Bowlo on Friday for the Tweed Valley Jazz Club – Mojo will be supported by Blind Willie Wagtail from 6pm.

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