Upon the release of a new album, lead singer for the Knoxville, Tennessee, band expresses the importance of place in making authentic Southern roots music.
by Todd Powers The quintessential Southern musician, J.J. Grey is colorful, expressive and soulful. He exhibits a sense of social charisma that would by coveted by an affable politician or a fire-brand minister. If you did not know any better, you could easily assume Grey was the guy that fixed your air conditioner last week or rotated your tires at the local Wal-Mart had he not picked up a guitar and a microphone. In his lazy drawl, Grey speaks as if he’s an old friend, seamlessly integrating narratives of crappie fishing, fish fries and neighboring relatives into conversation