Music Scene: J Boog, the Reverend Jeff Mosier, Old You
By matthew GodbeySpecial to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Not to be confused with the other Compton, Calif.-raised rapper and former B2K member J-Boog, J Boog is an artist of a much different trade.
J Boog is a roots reggae-influenced rapper and vocalist who left Compton for Hawaii in 2006 to pursue his growing passion for the island music that lifted him from the violent streets of his youth.
The following year, J Boog released “Hear Me Roar” and began gaining a local following within the exclusive Hawaiian reggae subculture.
His big break came after catching the attention of Morgan Heritage co-founder Roy “Gramps” Morgan. Morgan signed the up-and-comer to his record label, Wash House Music Inc., and released J Boog’s full-length follow-up, “Backyard Boogie,” in 2011. The album produced the singles “Let it Blaze,” “Let Me Know,” “Sunshine Girl” and “Let’s Do it Again,” and became a hit for the aspiring J Boog
The success of “Backyard Boogie” has sent J Boog on his first major headlining tour, which will stop Sunday in Charleston.
J Boog will perform at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Hot Rain. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 the day of the show, and are available online at etix.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. This show is open to ages 16 and up.
Go to musicfarm.com or call 577-6969 for more information.
The Rev. Jeff Mosier
When the Rev. Jeff Mosier founded Blueground Undergrass in 1998, his sights were set on making bluegrass and Americana music a part of American culture again. The way he saw it, the legacy of bluegrass in American music depended on it.
Inspired by the songs and stories of immigrant farmers, loggers, shiners and miners, bluegrass became more than just a style of music but rather a style of life. It was forged from the rugged and worn backbone of America, where hope and grit outweighed the hardships of some of our nation’s darkest days.
For generations, bluegrass served as a historical journal from one of America’s most defining eras, and it was that cultural landmark that Mosier sought to preserve.
He wanted to create a sound that remained true to the origins of Americana but modern enough to attract a new generation of potential bluegrass lovers.
With each album and tour came larger crowds and bigger venues that began stretching from coast to coast as Blueground Undergrass’ engaging new reflection on bluegrass began taking flight. The music that had once stood as a testament to a people, a period in time and a way of life was beginning to resurrect itself in the hearts and souls of people far removed from the Appalachian porches of its past.
Today, Mosier performs solo or with one of his newer projects, The Mosier Brothers. The Georgia native also performs, or has performed, extensively with Widespread Panic, Phish, The Allman Brothers Band and Leftover Salmon, among others, and was recently given the opportunity to perform a banjo-only version of the national anthem before an Atlanta Braves game. Mosier dedicates his rare free time teaching music to youth prisoners or performing for the elderly, Alzheimer patients and children.
The Rev. Jeff Mosier will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with The Harris Brothers, opening for the popular Southern rock outfit Drivin’ N Cryin’.
Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door, and are available at etix.com or at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Go to charlestonpourhouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.
A few years ago, Old You was a rising band with a young lineup and a music style spanning genres and generations.
The quartet didn’t grow complacent following the positive reaction, and today the group remains focused and dedicated to building a future for itself.
Musically, Old You swings from throwback styles of jazz and acid rock to the more modern sounds of indie-based cabaret, funk and soul to create a beautiful ragdoll of genre-bending experimentation gone right.
The band recently celebrated the release of its latest EP, “So Steady.”
Old You will perform Thursday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with The Tumbleweed Wanderers. Tickets are $8 and are available at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Call 571-4343 or go to charlestonpourhouse.com.