By: Tim Schumann
Its bands like Blacktop Mojo that really make this gig worthwhile, not to mention being friends with them adds to the mix. The boys invaded The Rockhouse Bar and Grill on 1 February here in El Paso, Texas kicking off their It Won’t Last Tour 2020 and truth be told, I couldn’t think of a better place to do so. Hailing from Palestine, Texas, founded in September of 2012 by Matt James and Nathan Gillis and added Ryan Kiefer, Matt Curtis and most recently in October of 18, Chuck Wepfer to the permanent lineup as it stands today.
Three albums to their credit,” I am”, the debut released in 14, followed by” Burn the Ships” in 17 and most recent “Under the Sun” in 19 and let’s not forget over a dozen videos on YouTube, needless to say, the boys have been busy with touring and recording, speaking of touring, over the past years Blacktop Mojo has shared the stage with some pretty heavy hitters such as Aaron Lewis, Candlebox, Drowning Pool, Buckcherry and Puddle Of Mudd to name a few, from Juke Joints and Bars to Major Music Festivals throughout the US, these fine gentlemen have never taken their foot off the gas promoting this unbelievable style of Heavy Grunge / Southern Metal which has taken their fans by storm, rest assured, they have quite the following, check out MoJo Nation on Facebook, that should give you an idea how far the boys have come in the past six years, it’s safe to say, Blacktop Mojo is the hardest working band in Rock and Roll today and in my personal opinion, it shows.
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Upon my arrival to the venue, Matt James was working out in the parking lot and when I pulled up next to him in a 1980 El Camino, his face immediately lit up seeing me, it’s nice to be remembered, you see, they were just here in El Paso in September supporting Buckcherry on the Warpaint tour and what a show that was in itself.I got the same response from everyone as they emerged one by one from the bus getting ready for soundcheck, now I love hanging out for soundcheck, you get to experience the fellowship between these five guys, a bond, if you will, the cuttin’ up and fooling around on stage to an empty venue, not to mention, the fantastic vocals of Matt James, I just sit in awe of this man’s voice, he is truly blessed.
Edison’s Ear, The Fallen, and Fusebox were on tonight’s card as local support and all were on point with their performances, but the crowd was there for the headliner and were given a shot right between the eyes of Blacktop Mojo at 10:15. Songs like Where The Wind Blows, Can’t Sleep (My Personal Favorite), Burn The Ships and Lay It On Me had this El Paso crowd on their feet, the Horns and Fists in the air were pretty standard for the epic show that unfolded over the next 90 minutes of kick-ass Rock and Roll music. In closing, if high energy, off the chain performance of epic music, is your cup of tea, then Blacktop Mojo is the band for you, check out the tour dates and if the boys are heading your way, I strongly advise attending, you won’t be disappointed.
Catch Blacktop Mojo live on the dates below!
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