The internet has provided great press for bands and artists that thirty years ago they wouldn't have received. YouTube in particular, where videos can go viral, has really helped introduce many great artists to the world at large.
Blacktop Mojo had their cover of Aerosmith's, "Dream On", go viral (passed 4 million views and climbing) awhile back. The five piece have been taking advantage of the opportunity by going out and touring their asses off.
On a Monday night in Seattle, Locust Grove and Blacktop Mojo steamrolled into town, ready to show the Northwest how they do it in Oklahoma and Texas, respectively.
Locust Grove played a set of rocking material - songs that would fit nicely in the hard rock or metal genre. The guys were tight and professional. No half measures whatsoever as they gave it everything they had and then some. Great stuff!
Blacktop Mojo came out and played such an inspired set of music. High energy, massive head banging (even though their tunes or more rock/hard rock than metal), and a go for the throat mentality, the band was on fire.
I was very impressed with the musicianship in the band as well. There were no weak links whatsoever.
Mid -set they brought things down by playing a two person acoustic version of, "In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins. Sitting on the edge of the stage, with no amplification, the fans gathered around as Matt sang that song like his life depended on it. I could of heard a whole set of acoustic tunes to be honest after hearing that amazing rendition.
The boys got back up on stage and rocked our more original tunes before closing with, "Dream On".
Everyone I talked to was impressed with Blacktop Mojo. These guys need that proverbial break, opening for a large arena band, to get them the exposure they so deserve.
Thanks guys for making the drive to Seattle and I wish you nothing but success in the future!
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Special Thanks: Tom for the credentials - thank you for the opportunity!