Mojo Collins and Triple Vision Rock Jack Brown’s

By on June 30, 2019

Mojo Collins and Triple Vision at Jack Brown's in KDH. (LtoR) Mojo Collins; Chris Jolly, drums; Bill Jolly, bass; Lee Umphlette

Mojo Collins and Triple Vision at Jack Brown’s in KDH. (LtoR) Mojo Collins; Chris Jolly, drums; Bill Jolly, bass; Lee Umphlette tenor sax. Photo, Kip Tabb

I’ll admit it. I’m a Mojo Collins junkie. There is something about the way he plays guitar, arranges his music and sings the blues that grabs me and won’t let me go.

I caught his performance last night at Jack Brown’s in Kill Devil Hills. First time I’ve checked out the music scene there and it was really nice. Great outdoor setting, plenty of places to sit, bar service to get a beer was not outrageously slow.

Mojo and Triple Vision had the sound system just right. The band was really tight. The Jolly brothers, Chris and Bill, have been playing bass and drums with him for some time, but the addition of Lee Umphlette, on sax was really nice.

The show, though, is all about Mojo.

Mojo just had a birthday, he’s somewhere in his mid 70s and the guy flat out knows how to rock.

His first set was all electric with Mojo wailing on his Stratocaster. It was like a trip back in time to the late 1960s and early 70s…back when a lead guitar played it was tight and grabbed you, seeming to reach into your core and not let you go.

Yet that may not have been his best set.

The second set he broke out an old F-hole Harmony guitar and played slide guitar.

That was amazing.

What sets him apart from so many musicians is how effortlessly he blends fingering his strings with his slide work. It’s really blues that way blues was meant to be played, but upgraded to a 21st century sound

Especially with Bill Jolly on bass, his brother Chris on drums and with Umphlette on sax, the sound is rich, full and wonderful.

I’m not sure where Mojo is playing next. As soon as I track that down, make a note of it.

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