BLACKTOP MOJO - Making sure Rock-N-Roll will never die...

April 30, 2019

If you live in the Massachusetts area and don’t know who the band BLACKTOP MOJO is yet, then you clearly haven’t been paying attention for the last couple of years.  You see, your beloved “Bad Boys from Boston,” Aerosmith had someone cover one of their more iconic songs, and didn’t actually butcher it to hell.  Actually, they knocked it out of the park big time!  Enough so that the video of their version of “Dream On” has been viewed over 10 million times on YouTube.  Yes, I know what you are thinking, what makes this band any more special than any other out there that does a solid cover of a classic?  Well this quintet from Palestine, Texas might just be what is helping keep the currently shaky Rock-n-Roll genre alive. 

A few years back, the guys in Blacktop Mojo took a large leap of faith just before releasing their second album “Burn The Ships”; they quit their regular jobs and all moved in together to streamline their musical efforts.  And like the members of that famed Boston band who originally recorded “Dream On” did many years before them, it seems that “go big or go home” moment might have worked out better than they probably ever expected it to. If you look at Blacktop Mojo’s accolades of late, you might think they have nothing to worry about on their rise to stardom.  Being featured in an episode of “Rock and Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar,” opening up for Bon Jovi in Dallas, playing to tens of thousands of people at major rock festivals, and having a song reach #27 on the Billboard Active Rock charts would make you think nothing is out of their grasp.  That is until their most recent efforts to put out their new (third) album “Under the Sun.”

Now you see Blacktop Mojo isn’t signed to a label.  Regardless of their mounting success, they have held off on jumping at the corporate attention they have been attracting.  They are waiting for their musical version of true love, it seems. That being said, they needed to find other ways to raise the funds to put out quality new material.  Those ways involved the crowd funding company Pledge Music this time around.  And, if you have been paying attention to the music news this year, there seems to be an issue with artists getting all of what they have been promised by the funding service.  Some not getting anything at all!  Blacktop Mojo were not much different in that unfortunate predicament. It seems that saving Rock-n-Roll will not come easy for this East Texas band, no matter how capable and determined they may be.  

Take a listen to my chat with Blacktop Mojo vocalist Matt Jamesand hear all about how his band might just be carrying an entire genre on its shoulders.

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