Thursday, 24 October 2013 15:57

Queensland Festival Of Blues Tickets

The Queensland Festival Of Blues is back for its fifth year with a top flight line-up of local and interstate bands.

Mojo Webb, 8 Ball Aitken, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, The Walters, Mojo Bluesmen, Morningside Fats, Jimi Beavis Band, Moondog Gypsy Blues Band, Steve Skinner, Lazy Eye, Baton Jukes, Lockhart Ryder and Folklore will play the New Globe Theatre on Saturday November 2.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012 15:57

Mojo Webb Band: Bluesy Cats

Michael Webb (call him Mojo) is a bona-fide Aussie blues legend. A man who simply adores nothing more than a “good blues gig” is coming of age — album number two has hit the streets.

“I first heard blues when I was about 14,” explains Mojo. “Right then, it immediately hit me and so I became an avid collector of records and things like that; I was listening to a lot of local blues radio stations so it was something that was a passion for me. And it's something that basically turned into a career.”

Not bad work if you can get it, either. But there’s more to this blues love story than just a guitar, a microphone and a stool. Because the gift this man has transcends the one-size-fits-all methodology that a lot of musicians possess, nowadays.

“I was primarily a guitar player and then I got into playing harmonica as an adult. I'd always loved those sorts of sounds and from there, in time, I learnt to play harp as well. So by the time I went to do the first album — which was called ‘The Burden’ — I'd started to play all of these different instruments over the years — oh, as well as the drums.”

Yet that's not all. The lad doesn't mind a bit of saxophone as well, admitting to learning to play that instrument for a couple of years as well.

“I'd always done it for pleasure,” Mojo says. “When I bought my first drum kit it was basically for me. The sax was the same. And then moving onto a blues bass guitar was pretty straightforward. That was all around the time of the first album. That was a project where I went to this little farmhouse and recorded it myself.”

That first album took a while, and only a little water has passed under the bridge since then — in fact about enough for him to collect his crew, head to Melbourne and record a second album, this time titled ‘The Cat’.

“The songs on the new album are all original. One of the songs was co-written with Brisbane boy Coojee Timms — my drummer and an absolute legend of the music scene.”

And with it, he claims the album became like a picture that he painted in his head. “I basically had the songs and took suggestions for certain things,” he says. “I do admit I'm pretty much a blues musician and not much else — that's all I really listen to when I'm not writing or playing. And when I do play, I play a lot of old style blues; the 1920s type stuff. And with the band, we don't do just pure blues so it does sound pretty original.”

Between busting out his harmonica or letting his fingers do the talking, the engaging style that is The Mojo Webb Band is almost without peer.

“We are certainly influenced by early blues, as I said, I don't really listen to much music outside of that — it's pretty much just old black music. I can't find myself playing anything else — it's just the artists’ aesthetic; I have to say, you do get a lot of satisfaction from recreating something that has come before, in the spirit of creating it the way it was supposed to be created, originally.”
And doubtless, Mojo and his band know exactly what it means to work a crowd. His partners in crime, Coojee and JB Lewis (bass/ guitar), are ready to deliver the pure blues experience to fans, old and new alike.

“I think what happens when I sit down to record something and then I'm recording ideas onto my phone and then turning it into a song — that's a very rewarding feeling.”

Except this time, you'll be getting all the rewards, because the Mojo Webb experience is coming to a venue near you. “The album is pretty wild and energetic so we'll be playing a fair bit of material off that. We really just want to let it all hang out; it's the same as when I play solo. Someone's always jumping around — it's real music, authentic music and it's delivered in an energetic way. We get people up and dancing and they really do have a great time!”
Amen.

The Mojo Webb Band play Elephant Sound at the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Thursday September 13. ‘The Cat’ is out now.
Published in Jazz/ Fusion
Wednesday, 15 April 2009 16:49

Mojo Webb

Mprov Blues

Musical magician Mojo Webb lives, breathes, and defines what authentic blues is all about. The soulful singer and multi-instrumentalist is known for his captivating stage presence and enthralling live energy.

Playing at this year’s Brisbane Blues Festival, Mojo says the festival has an amazing atmosphere and is something they look forward to every year. "Our show will be fiery and wild. We like to keep things fairly fresh on stage. We want to improvise a bit, and mix things up - you're not going to see the same old thing you always see. When we go on a festival stage we're just going to let loose."

With his debut album, ‘The Burden’, Mojo recorded it himself, wrote all the music and played all the instruments. "It was just like a labour of love that I took upon myself to do. It was great fun doing it, but playing live is what I really enjoy. Getting in front of a big crowd and just letting loose is what I really look forward to.

"Performing has transformed from something I do for myself to something that other people seem to enjoy watching! Playing live is a way of sharing that, it's a way of getting that out. When you see other people really having a good time - just because I'm letting it all out - it's good fun.”

When it comes to settling on a setlist, Mojo admits there’s a lot of improvisation going on. "We do it differently every time. Most of it is improvised, there are set songs and we do the same songs sometimes, but we never play it the same way twice. Blues has to be played with a lot of soul, you really have to get into it or it can be kind of boring.

“Sometimes there aren't many notes there, so if you don't play it in the right way it can be boring. But there is a way of doing it that transcends the simplicity of the actual music. You can just play one chord for ten minutes, but if you play it the right way you'll have people screaming. It's all about the way you do it.”

Mojo Webb joins Mama Voodoo, Coojee Timms, Johnny Hucker, Little Wolf with Steve Lott and many others for the 17th Annual Brisbane Blues Festival at the Jubilee Hotel May 16. For more info head along to www.brisbanebluesfestival.com

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