The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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January 28, 2013

Blackwater Mojo takes stage at Tamarack

BECKLEY — Just like their original song, the resophonic stomp rock band Blackwater Mojo left Sunday@Two visitors at Tamarack “Blown Away.”

The sultry voice of Erin Young, paired with the soulful resonator guitar skills of Seth Young, makes for an unforgettable sound.

The dynamic husband/wife duo hail from Elkins, but have traveled all over, from the Appalachian mountains to southeast Asia and eastern Europe.

They won the solo/duo division of the 2012 Appalachian Blues Competition and made a stop in Beckley Sunday on their way through to Memphis, where they will compete in the International Blues Challenge Wednesday.

Although the Tamarack audience simply swayed along to the rhythm in their seats, Blackwater Mojo plays the kind of music that makes you want to get up and dance. The band describe their style as “rock de-evolved” and compare their sound to bands like The White Stripes and The Black Keys.

While the Stripes and the Keys have predominantly male vocals, Blackwater Mojo leaves the vocal work to Erin, giving them a unique spin on blues rock.

Their sound is certainly raw and edgy, with lyrics to match — “I’ve never seen the devil, but I’m pretty sure he’s seen me.”

To sample their music or learn more, check them out on Facebook or Reverb Nation.

Next week’s Sunday@Two at Tamarack will feature Lady D with Mi$$ion.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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