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The real street blues

Mother Mojo
Mother Mojo
By Satan and Adam

Flying Fish Records: 1993

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This review first appeared in the September 10, 1993 issue of the North County Blade-Citizen (now North County Times).

Picking up where 1991's underground classic, "Harlem Blues," left off, "Mother Mojo" is another rambunctious outing by the unorthodox duo. This is street blues – literally as well as spiritually. Adam Gussow ran across Satan (Sterling Magee) playing his one-man-band blues on the street in New York, whipped out his harp to jam with him, and they've been playing the streets (and elsewhere, as their popularity has grown) ever since.

This is gritty, no-fuss no-muss music. Satan is a fiery guitarist with a fertile imagination to his solos. And when Gussow gets a good riff going on harmonica, he chews it over and over like a dog gnawing a nice piece of gristle.

Polished, this ain't – but it does have a habit of finding its way back to the CD player.