The story goes that This River, the sixth studio album by Southern soul-funk strategists JJ Grey and Mofro, takes its name from the St. John's River near Jacksonville, Fla.
But as you listen to the record's mighty music unfold, you might think that Florida native Grey had charted a course for Muscle Shoals. That's the Alabama community responsible for some of the greatest R&B music of the past 50 years. Its influence has increasingly informed Mofro records for the past decade. By the time this album's 10 songs have run their course, the pilgrimage to Alabama sounds pretty much complete.