TBS 1st Sunday Blues Jam
Guest: Mojo Collins
Sunday, October 7, 2018
The Blue Note Grill
1st Sunday rolls around again, so get your musical “fix” by playing, dancing, or just having a great time. Musicians from all over the Triangle and beyond show up to play.
Our guest host this month: Mojo Collins Trio.
Mojo Collins, a fourth generation North Carolinian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, has been performing for 6 decades and has become a North Carolina Blues and Folk legend. Born in 1944 in Raleigh, North Carolina, Mojo was the son of Edna and Bill Collins, both musicians. Taught guitar mostly by his paternal grandmother Lorraine, Collins quickly learned the basic Piedmont blues and folk structures, and later took lessons from his father “Wild Bill”. Back porch jams, on Sundays with family and friends gave him the opportunity to develop and polish the “Piedmont style” of finger picking at an early age.
He has a quiet charm and talent that is impressive. His songs are original and wide in their scope.
When asked how he came to have his own personal style Mojo said, “When you listen to me perform live, or in the studio, you can hear traces of different music masters that I have studied and who have strongly influenced my music. My first big influence was, of course, my father who was an astounding player. Other people whose sounds you hear reflected in my style are Muddy Waters (slide style); John Lee Hooker (boogie); Jimmie Reed (smooth blues and harmonica); the Rolling Stones and Chuck Berry (rock); Doc Watson (folk); Buddy Guy (Chicago shuffle) and Stevie Ray Vaughn (rock n’ blues). After all these years, I have come into my own and can honestly say I have my mojo working!”