Project Mojo

Project Mojo

 Lakewood, Ohio, USA
BandRockAdult Contemporary

Project Mojo was founded with a deceptively simple idea: Just have fun playing great tunes.

The Project Mojo sound can only be described as Great American “Mutt” music: a mixed breed with an ancestry scattered haphazardly across the musical spectrum.

Comes in Plugged and Unplugged flavors.

Biography

Project Mojo was founded with a deceptively simple idea: Just have fun playing great tunes.

The concept worked and after hundreds of gigs played in and around the shadow cast by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame over the northern coastal area of the United States that Martin Mull called the “Lake Erie Delta,” Project Mojo recorded and released its first CD, Operation Thunderclap.

The Project Mojo sound can only be described as Great American “Mutt” music. While most musicians and groups can neatly attest to their Blues, Jazz , Latin, Folk, Country, Classical or Rock & Roll pedigrees, Project Mojo is a mixed breed with an ancestry scattered haphazardly across the musical spectrum.

As you listen to the EPK Audio section, read what “friends” and critics have to say:

“Kerosene at least starts out as a comfortably traditional acoustic blues, but quickly begins to bend the form with chords and words that are hauntingly Lowell George-ish.”

“Who would think to throw bottleneck slide guitar into a perfectly normal kind of Stevie Nicks sounding song like Carousel Dream – not to mention that Jeff Beck-like crying guitar lead? “

“Blues Dog might be a more sultry sounding Van Morrison Moondance, but its got that jazzy Jaco bass line and a Gentle Giant guitar lead.”

“Empty Sails floats a Judi Collins/Joni Mitchell duet over a Yo-Yo Ma cello.”

“Centerline sounds like Santana sitting in with Steely Dan, but then there's that Marlene Dietrich vocal that Hemingway would swear could break his heart.”

It gets a bit messy and it drives the pigeon-holing music bureaucrats a bit mad, but Project Mojo is definitely a custom blend – not to mention friendly, good-tempered, loyal, a great companion and fun to have around – like most mutts.

Singer-songwriters Lola & Mudcat are the “heart and soul,” respectively, of Project Mojo. While Lola grew up singing in the church choir, playing saxophone in the school marching band and taking classical piano lessons, Mudcat was sneaking into bars to play the blues, haunting coffee houses to pick out Leo Kottke favorites, and clandestinely working a pedal steel in a country/bluegrass band – when he wasn't aggravating public school administrators armed with a Marshall, a Les Paul and bandoleer of Clapton, Beck, Page & Walsh guitar licks. The mixing of their musical DNA in Project Mojo only further confounds music industry civil servants . . . . but definitely pleases their fans.

Project Mojo entertains in club and concert settings, both as an unplugged duo or trio with acoustic instruments as well as plugged in with a rhythm section and amps that can “go to eleven” – but only if the occasion calls for it. Sets include original material and exclusive “mongrel” covers of songs from the 1930s to the current millennium.

Project Mojo venues include, but are not limited to, Clubs, Bars, Restaurants, Patios, Holes-in-Various-Walls, Breweries, Vineyards, Art Galleries, Wine Tastings, Coffee Houses, Arts & Crafts Fairs, Graduation Parties, Fourth of July Fireworks Block Parties, Corporate Cocktail Hours, NFL Backers Rallies, Trade Shows, Airport Hangers, Hog Roasts, Golf Courses, Driving Ranges, Bowling Alleys, and Grocery Stores – Yes, Grocery Stores (Whole Foods is one of our favorite gigs).

Lyrics

Centerline

Written By: M.T. Bass

Jet Blue jumping off runway nine
Climbing east on the last red eye
One mind’s crossed, another dreams
But nothing’s ever as it seems

Lightning spikes the midnight sky
A heartland pierced with a hundred lies
Thunder feared but never heard
Our feelings tossed in a gale of words

Sometimes right, often wrong
Often lost, but sometimes found
We fell in love and fell out again

Wings without wind,
Love without sin
Never looking back behind
Racing down the centerline

Airbus floats into a misty dawn
A final approach to a coming down
Boston Harbor blooms into view
Three thousand miles away from you.

Sometimes right, often wrong
Often lost, but sometimes found
We fell in love and fell out again

Wings without wind,
Love without sin
Never looking back behind
Racing down the centerline

Kerosene

Written By: M.T. Bass

Freight trains howl like diesel dogs
Running the night, chasing the dawn
A meteor scar across a matchbox sky
Lucifer’s strike lights lovers afire

Turbine screams and contrail dreams
Playing with sparks and kerosene

Rocket rides and jet hot breath
Gravity draws our melting sweat
Like wax and wick we slowly burn
The galaxy’s dark consumes our star

Turbine screams and contrail dreams
Playing with sparks and kerosene

Fevered winds storm my heart
Dream debris and splintered thoughts
Are tinder for your flint-lock eyes
Passions die in arson’s fire

Turbine screams and contrail dreams
Playing with sparks and kerosene

Empty Sails

Written By: M.T. Bass

Lost and found, years long gone
Like wind fled from empty sails
Lost and found
And lost again

Adrift across the hollow miles
Our fading wakes ride the waves
Lost and found
And lost again

The hunt of a hungry heart
Preys upon the past
Seeking lives unsung
And questions left unasked

From rocky shores and barren peaks
Searching back for love undone
Lost and found
And lost again

The hunt of a hungry heart
Preys upon the past
Seeking lives unsung
And questions left unasked

Carousel Dream

Written By: L. Mosier/M.T. Bass

I am a whirling dervish, a carousel of chaos
Spinning and twirling ‘til my thoughts uncross
The hum of darkness, soothes my restless mind
And sails me away to where our thoughts entwine

Apart from each other, we dream one dream
Visions linked by a lone moonbeam

Without words we speak, sitting side-by-side
Everywhere and nowhere pass by on our lonesome ride
Embraced in our travels, we mean no others harm
Chasing a moment with your hand on my arm

Apart from each other, we dream one dream
Visions linked by a lone moonbeam

Fingers of wind, running through my hair
Break my spinning spell with cool night air
Wake to the noise of a same old different day
Our dream will always be there to take me away

Apart from each other, we dream one dream
Visions linked by a lone moonbeam

I am a whirling dervish, a carousel of chaos
Spinning and twirling ‘til my thoughts uncross

Blues Dog

Written By: A. West

The moon is bright and it shows me the way
Makes me howl to be kept at bay
Don’t wanna keep on chasing my own tail
Gotta follow my instincts, keep my nose to the trail
Knowing trouble beckons me on the other side
But a good time is the call and there’s no place left to hide
Hear me

The scent of desire is in the air
There’s a slavering lust inside, so you all should beware
‘Cause I’ve tasted freedom and I want some more
Wanna get down and dirty like I did before
You can tell that I’m up to no good
A million-dollar collar ain’t gonna change my mood
Hear me

It’s just the natural way, when two things attract
I simply can’t resist the power of the pack
The place I belong is out on the other side
The pull is so strong, like the moon on the tides
I can’t ignore their calls; the feeling’s too intense
I long to be uncaged as I gaze through the fence
Hear me

Discography

Operation Thunderclap -- Released 2008

Dephying the Laws of Phyzics -- Under Construction

Set List

Whole Foods 5x7 In-Store Wine Tasting
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
1 - Two Hour Set

1. Melissa - Allman Brothers
2. Gold Dust Woman - Fleetwood Mac
3. Clocks - Coldplay
4. Runaway - Bonnie Raitt
5. Kodachrome - Paul Simon
6. My Favorite Mistake - Sheryl Crow
7. Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones
8. Give Me One Reason - Tracy Chapman
9. Every Breath You Take - The Police
10. Carousel Dream - Project Mojo
11. Driver 8 - R.E.M.
12. Dreamboat Annie - Heart
13. #41 - Dave Matthews
14. Poor, Poor Pitiful Me - Linda Rhondstadt
15. Riding the Storm Out - R.E.O. Speedwagon
16. Oh Darlin' - The Beatles
17. Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland/Eric Clapton
18. Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
19. Ready for Love - Bad Company
20. What's Love Got to Do With It - Tina Turner
21. I Shot the Sheriff - Eric Clapton
22. Only the Lonely - The Motels
23. Mud On the Tires - Brad Paisley
24. You're So Vain - Carly Simon
25. Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel
26. Rhiannon - Fleetwod Mac
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