Mofro, comprising Floridians JJ Grey and Daryl Hance, is a strange bird of an outfit—an unmistakably Southern hybrid that maintains elements of funk, blues, country and Dixie rock.

Mofro, comprising Floridians JJ Grey and Daryl Hance, is a strange bird of an outfit—an unmistakably Southern hybrid that maintains elements of funk, blues, country and Dixie rock. But the duo is also undeniably soulful and quite adept at what it does. Down-home funk track "That Boy," like most of the songs here, is driven by a rock-solid bottom and more hooks than a tackle box. Grey's honeyed vocals make "Fireflies" a soul-drenched delight, while Hance's slide guitar work brings back-porch authenticity to the atmospheric "Ten Thousand Islands" and gutbucket fare like "Gal Youngin" and "Pray for Rain." Grey's vocals are also mighty fine on the glorious "The Wrong Side" and bluesy "Everybody's." Mofro waxes Bo Diddley on "How Junior Got His Head Put Out." But the real showpiece is the title cut, a pining, sorrowful lament about the overdevelopment of the act's home state.—RW