Born in Memphis Tennessee not far from the muddy Mississippi river, singer/guitarist Jojo Rainwater has an authentic Southern American sound best described as toe-tapping blues.
Jojo is proud to be launching his latest album, Legends of Black Rock Mountain at the Old Castlemaine Gaol on Friday, May 12th at 8pm. In it, he carefully weaves tales of the old south into rootsy, bluesy, folk, gospel music, as well as songs with gutsy rhythms and indigenous undertones.
Inspired by the stories of his grandma who picked cotton as a little girl in the hot Mississippi summer sun, and a grandpa who hopped trains during the great depression, it was his great-grandmother who inspired his stage name - from the Ozark mountains in Arkansas, she was a 'Rainwater', a Cherokee.
The lyrics of his latest album are deeply contemplative of life, death, judgement and ultimately redemption with each song similar to an old movie soundtrack visually leading you to the next scene.
Supporting Jojo on the night is goldfields quartet, Rex and the Hapless Brakeman, featuring some of Central Victoria's most experienced players of acoustic guitar, drums, mandolin/banjo/electric guitar and double bass performing what can only be classed as high-steppin' alternative country.