BLACKTOP MOJO with Set In Stone and Within The Pyre
Passion, a little bit of whiskey, and blind faith. Formed in late 2012 by vocalist Matt James and drummer Nathan Gillis, Blacktop Mojo's fiery blend of heavy post-grunge grooves, classic rock guitar riffs, and Southern Metal shredding falls somewhere between Soundgarden and Lynyrd Skynyrd. After their debut album "I Am" in 2014 and a few years cutting their teeth in dive bars, dancehalls, and honky tonks, the band decided to go all in. In 2017 they teamed up with famed Muscle Shoals Sound producer Jimmy Johnson (The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger) and his long time engineer Steve Melton for their sophomore outing entitled, "Burn The Ships" at Sound Emporium in Nashville. During the recording of the record, the guys took the leap and quit their day jobs, moving into a small house together in Palestine, Texas where they all still live today. The house created an unbreakable fellowship between the band and a culture of constant creativity. Released via their label Cuhmon Records, "Burn The ships" yielded two top 40 Billboard singles on the Mainstream Active Rock charts including "Where The Wind Blows" (#27) and a cover of the Aerosmith classic, "Dream On" (#31). The album cycle saw a heavy bout of touring where the band shared the stage with a wide range of heavy hitters including Bon Jovi and Sammy Hagar as well as festival appearances at major rock festivals around the US. After the touring concluded, the guys returned home in October of 2018 where they locked themselves in the band house for six months to write their third record "Under The Sun". Recorded in 2019 at Rosewood Studios in Tyler, TX with long time friend and producer Philip Mosley, "Under The Sun" is a semi autobiographical account of going through young adulthood and the pitfalls that come with modern romance. The music draws on a multitude of genres and styles to form a hodgepodge of throwback sludgy rock and metal mixed with sensual and at times even, carnal blues. The lead-off single, "Can't Sleep", due out June 21st of this year, is a tale that most are unfortunately all too familiar with. The song centers around a couple's tumultuous relationship, in which one person notices the other is acting strangely, not coming home, and obviously harboring a dark secret which will tear them apart. "I think everyone has dealt with harboring a secret in a relationship at one point or another. Whether that be cheating, being cheated on, or just simply dealing with the heaviness of knowing there's something wrong with your person and they won't tell you. A lot of times we just seem to have this innate ability to pick up on those things before they're even said, and that's what "Can't Sleep" is about." - Matt James
Set in Stone
Set In Stone is a Pacific Northwest hard rock band that was formed in 2008 in St. Helens, Oregon (suburb of Portland, Oregon) and consists of five band members that have all resided in Columbia County for most of their lives. Their unique heavy-rock sound has been referred to the likes of Seether, Breaking Benjamin and Alter Bridge. Set in Stone offers a wide-range of styles and music diversity, which is the foundation of their unmistakably unique and all-original sound. Their deep guitar crunches, solid riffs, ground pounding bass, heavy-handed rhythmic drums and mesmerizing vocals are all reasons Set in Stone has quickly attracted the attention from all over the Pacific Northwest. Set in Stone released their first self-titled album in April 2009. Their first professional album 'Open Doors' debuted in May 2011. The album consists of 11 professionally recorded, mixed and mastered tracks recorded by Black Diamond Studios in Portland. This album can be streamed or downloaded for free on our Reverbnation website. www.reverbnation.com/setinstonerocks. In 2017, they released their second professionally recorded album "What Remains." Also recorded, mixed and mastered by Matt Jefferson of Black Diamond Studios. Both albums can be found on most widely-used music platforms.
AJ Hendricks - Vocals Ryan Hampton - Drums Niles Harrison - Guitar Jay Green - Guitar Mike Woods - Bass