Seamlessly blending melody with adrenaline fueled, heavy rock and roll, Blacktop Mojo draws in everyone from old metal heads to people whose radio dials have never left top 40 stations. With soaring, gritty vocals and impeccably blended heavy guitar grooves set around a raucous southern stomp, Blacktop Mojo’s live shows are sure to leave fans screaming at the top of their lungs with metal horns in the air.
Formed in the final weeks of 2012, Blacktop Mojo began cutting their teeth in the numerous country venues that Texas has to offer, but the guys never quite felt like they belonged. With each song they wrote, the vocals got less twangy and the sound from the amps became more gravelly and distorted until the guys had found their own unique blend of heavy southern rock. Through touring, the band has played with many national acts such as Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar, Aaron Lewis, Daryl “DMC” McDaniels, Candlebox, Drowning Pool, Puddle Of Mudd, Smile Empty Soul, Audiotopsy and Whiskey Myers.
After running the highways for two years in support of their debut album, “I Am” (2014), in July of this year the band loaded their gear in the van and made a trip to Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, as well as FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, to make their sophomore effort entitled “Burn The Ships.” In addition to the producer of the band’s first record “Philip Mosley,” the band brought in co-producer Jimmy Johnson of the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound studios as well as his long-time engineer Steve Melton (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger) to bring a seasoned sonic quality to their brand of raw, grungy rock. “Burn The Ships” was released March 10th of 2017 garnering critical acclaim in both US and European press outlets including Team Rock’s Classic Rock Magazine which is quoted as saying, “Blacktop Mojo might just be America’s next big rock band.”×
Jesse Raub, Jr.
Some artists claim to have what it takes to not only perform for a crowd but to also capture their hearts. Jesse Raub, Jr. is one artist that can make that claim with complete conviction and truth.
“I am beyond blessed to be one of few that can honestly say that I enjoy what I do on that stage every night. To see the smiles on the faces of my amazing fans really touches my heart in a way that is almost indescribable.” - Jesse Raub, Jr.
A native Texan hailing from Magnolia, Texas, Jesse uses his roots and captures his love for his family and friends in the songs that he writes and sings. As the front man of his own band, Jesse has spent the last 10 years traveling throughout the great state of Texas, rocking every venue he’s entered. By bringing in the traditional Texas Country sounds and merging them with true Southern Rock, Jesse has created a show that will keep the crowd on their feet throughout the entire show. His unique voice and true country twang continue to captivate his audiences as he merges the classic sounds of Haggard and Jones with the rocking sounds of Hank and Dwight Yoakam to create a high energy and entertaining show every night.
Prompting his first studio release “Honky Tonkin Blues,” Jesse entered and won the Rising Star contest in 2003. With the hit release, Jesse received accolades and Texas radio support, which provided him the opportunity to share the stage with some of Texas’s biggest country stars. Raub, Jr. has shared the spotlight with the likes of Johnny Rodriguez, Dub Miller, Roger Creager, Cody Johnson, Trent Willmon, Jason Allen and many more.
Not resting on his laurels, Jesse appeared on Cody Johnson’s 2011 critically acclaimed album “A Different Day” as a co-writer for the hit “The Way She Loves Me.” In 2014, he scored his first #1 on Texas Radio as a co-writer on Johnson’s “Dance Her Home.” He has also had two recordings of his own chart in the Top 50 of the Texas Music Chart and the Texas Radio Report: “Blame It On The Music” and “Bad Intentions.”
In a tough market flooded with new faces every day, there is no doubt that Jesse Raub, Jr. truly stands out as one of the top new “Young Guns” of today’s Texas Country Music scene.×