Blacktop Mojo’s new album “Under The Sun” will be released on Friday (September 13) and I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to listen to it early.
The effort busts right out of the gate with “Lay It On Me,” a hard rocking track that lets the listener know that the band are not messing around. Between the powerful, soulful vocals, the masterful riffing, and the killer drum work, you’re hooked right from the start. This trend continues as “Set It Free” breaks in before transitioning into the catchy “Come Get Your Coat.”
As you continue to move through the record, you really don’t want it to end, because every song is as killer as the last. Each one has it’s own flair and it doesn’t really matter if you’re listening to a bluesy number like “It Won’t Last” or a hard-hitting track like “All Mine Now,” because you’re in for a treat either way.
This is true all the way up to the end when the infectious title track kicks in. The song is a perfect closer that offers everything that fans have come to love from the group. In fact, it’s so infectious that the listener will inevitably press play once again at its conclusion.
All in all, “Under The Sun” is an incredible piece of art that has the potential to take Blacktop Mojo to new heights in the rock world.
Blacktop Mojo have announced a summer tour with Lullwater. The band will be touring in support of their upcoming album “Under the Sun.”
07/13 Kansas City, MO – Aftershock
07/14 Rockford, IL – Apollo Theatre (no Lullwater)
07/16 Waterloo, IA – Spicolis
07/18 Palatine, IL – Durty Nellies
07/19 Oshkosh, WI – Rock USA (no Lullwater)
07/20 Sturgis, KY – Bike Rally (no Lullwater)
07/21 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
07/23 Cleveland, OH – Winchester
07/25 Fredericksburg, PA – Hard Times Four Mile Fork
07/26 Heath, OH – Muddy Creek Saloon
07/27 LaCrosse, WI – Cotter Pin
07/28 Ringle, WI – Q and Z
07/31 Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
08/01 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
08/02 Monticello, IN – Madam Caroll Boat (no Lullwater)
08/03 Monticello, IN – Moefest (no Lullwater)
08/04 Covington, KY – Madison Live
08/06 Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Café
08/07 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
08/08 Manchester, NH – Wally’s
08/09 Providence, RI – Alchemy
08/14 Angola, IN – Eclectic Room
08/15 Springfield, IL – Illinois State Fair (no Lullwater)
08/16 Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall
08/17 Bristol, IN – ABATE Summerfest (no Lullwater)
08/18 Clarksville, TN – The Warehouse
08/20 Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks
08/22 Ft. Smith, AK – Commandry
08/23 Oklahoma City, OK – City Limits
08/24 Quapaw, OK – Downstream Casino (no Lullwater)
Blacktop Mojo have premiered a new video for their song “Prodigal.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Burn The Ships.” Matt James commented:
“We had fun making the video with some of our good friends from our hometown acting out the main parts. We felt like the father-son dynamic in the video really reflected the song’s theme. The song is sort of autobiographical. It’s about the experience of growing up in a small town and always talking about ‘getting out’ one day. No matter where or how far you go, though, you always have a little bit of where you came from that you take with you.”
Blacktop Mojo have launched a PledgeMusic campaign for their new album. Depending on how much you are willing to spend, you can get things like signed albums, a chance to go fishing with the band, a private concert, etc.
The group commented:
“Hello Friends! It’s time for us to make our third album! Time really flies when you’re having fun.
Due to the incredible success of our last campaign, we’ve decided to team up with PledgeMusic and all of you guys again for ‘Mojo 3’ (working title).
As independent artists, everything we do is fan-funded. We don’t have a record label loaning us a ton of money to make a record. With that, comes some financial pitfalls, but it also means NOBODY tells us how to make music for you guys and we think that’s pretty cool!
Here’s how it works – you can pre-order any of these items from signed copies of the new record, exclusive t-shirts that you can’t find anywhere else, fishing with the band, hangouts, and even your name in the album jacket! Every cent of that money will go back into making the best music we can possibly make for you and putting it on tape. Here, we’ll bring you into our world. You’ll hear streams of new songs, see videos of us recording in the studio, hear special acoustic performances, see pictures of our shenanigans and much, much more. You’ll be fully immersed in the making of this album!
Once we’ve hit our goal and made the record, everyone that pledged will be the first to have it in their hands before the music is available anywhere else!”
Blacktop Mojo have added another leg to their North American tour. Select dates will see the group opening for Black Stone Cherry, Shaman’s Harvest, and Gemini Syndrome.
07/12 Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest
07/13 Sturgis, MI @ Nikki’s Sturgis (Supporting Gemini Syndrome)
07/14 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop (Supporting Gemini Syndrome)
07/15 Kent, OH @ The Outpost Concert Club
07/18 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans Pub & Music Hall (Supporting Shaman’s Harvest)
07/19 Charleston, SC @ The Purple Buffalo (Supporting Shaman’s Harvest)
07/20 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre (Supporting Shaman’s Harvest)
07/21 Orlando, FL @ Soundbar. (Supporting Shaman’s Harvest)
07/22 Sarasota, FL @ Kellys Live at Sarasota Sky Bar
07/26 Cape Coral, FL @ Rusty’s Raw Bar and Grill
07/27 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
07/28 New Orleans, LA @ Southport Hall Live Music & Party Hall
07/31 Albuquerque, NM @ The Historic El Rey Theater (Supporting Black Stone Cherry)
08/01 Denver, CO @ Globe Hall (Supporting Black Stone Cherry)
08/03 Sturgis, SD @ Iron Horse Saloon – Sturgis ( Supporting Black Stone Cherry)
08/04 Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Event Hall + Lounge (Supporting Black Stone Cherry)
08/05 Mankato, MN @ The What’s Up Lounge
08/07 Madison, WI @ The Annex at The Red Zone Madison
08/08 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
08/09 Peoria, IL @ Monarch Music Hall
08/10 Topeka, KS @ The Landing Grille & Bar
08/11 Ft Wayne, IN @ Piere’s Entertainment Center
Blacktop Mojo have teamed up with Alex Smith for a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” The band said the following about that:
“Our good friend from right here in our hometown, Alex Smith, did an acoustic cover of this song at a local show and we loved it. So we asked him if he’d like to come to the studio and record it with us backing him up. Hope you guys enjoy it.. if you do, go find more of his music here.”