THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Powerful, heavy & bluesy! People say Johnny Mastro & The Mama Boys are the toughest sounding band around. The band with the original, reckless sound hails from New Orleans. Johnny leads the ensemble and has racked up 13 records, countless festival appearances, over 35 European tours in 15 countries, a feature in a 2013 film as well as recording for the BBC in London, German National Radio in Bremen, and Belgian National Radio in Brussels.
Elmore James (1918-1963) was an American musician that had popularity, deep soul and an energy that makes his music sound fresh today. JMMB’s new 13-song recording keeps that American spirit alive.
JMMB’s music is a blend of new and old at the same time. Roots run deep as Johnny spent 16 years (and Smoke six years) at the blues shrine Babe’s & Ricky’s Inn under the tutelage of Laura Mae “Mama” Gross. She taught them the only color that mattered was blue and encouraged them to develop their own, loose sound. The results are apparent at every show and every recording Mama’s boys make.”