There's just something about Southern boys. No matter how good their records may be, seeing them live is where it's at, ultimately. This is as true of young bloods JJ Grey & Mofro as it is their fellow Jacksonville heroes, the mighty Allman Brothers. The 11-track Brighter Days is a more-than-solid document of JJ Grey & Mofro's stage prowess (which has garnered quite the cult following). Here, the band's fusion of swamp blues, Southern soul and country-rock gets all scuffed up, knocked around and sweated out. Grey's knack for the epic soul statement hits a peak with the 8-minute title track.