We're so proud of this new project and can't wait for you to hear it. 2012 was a great year for The Mojo Roots: we played in new venues across the state of Missouri, enjoyed some great spots at blues festivals (like Roots N Blues N BBQ, Stomp the Blues, and the Sedalia Blues Cruise), and even earned a spot at the upcoming 2013 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee. Somewhere in all that we found time to record an album, and we think it's our best work to date. What Kind of Fool features eleven tracks and is ripe with new original tunes like “Not Loving You,” “That Kind of Girl,” and the slide-ripping title track “What Kind of Fool.” Check it out!
released January 11, 2013
We took things slow on this project to get everything just right, recording a track or two a month with our recording and mixing engineer David Cover. We were also pleased to work with Wil Reeves of Centro Cellar Studios once again for a few tracks (Wil recorded our first album, Thirteen Shades of Blue, in 2010). Collin Jordan of Boiler Room Mastering in Chicago put the finishing touches on everything. We were so excited to work with Collin because we knew he has an ear for how a great blues album should sound. As a mastering engineer, Collin has worked with numerous heavy-hitters in the blues world, mastering albums for the likes of James Cotton, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, Roomful of Blues, Tommy Castro, Rick Estrin, and the late Michael Burks just to name a few. He's even done the remastering work for some great re-releases by Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Albert Collins, and Robert Cray. We think you'll love the bluesy polish he put on our album!
What Kind of Fool isn't without its hometown roots either. Local music scene staple John D'Agostino contributed some great Hammond organ tones to our bluesy rendition of Otis Redding's classic soul number “I've Been Loving You Too Long.” Local photographers Kevin Dingman and Alex Wood graciously allowed us to include some of their photography in the liner notes, and Scott Patrick Myers snapped the album cover shot. A lot of hard work went into this project, and we hope you like it!