You wouldnt know that Orange BlossomsJJ Grey and Mofros fourth album and their second for Alligator Recordsis the Florida-based bands most refined work yet from the fact that its got a sinewy jam titled with the not-so-subtle come-on acronym of WYLF. But it is. Its also just the second album to have Greys name out front, but heyas the primary songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who even designed the cover arthe deserves the prominent placement. As a young child in Jacksonville, Grey must have not only caught wind of his hometown Southern rock, but also felt the Muscle Shoals and Memphis air drifting South, because hes always favored Southern soul emoting and humid, knee-deep grooves. On the new album, Grey & Co. have a more burnished sound with graceful swaths of strings and horns and gentler melodic hooks. But, thankfully, theyve held onto their backwoods Florida imagery and overall swampiness, too.
Sat., Nov. 29, 8 p.m., 2008