Local multi-instrumentalist Jojo Wall just dropped Bloodshot Eyes, a combination of new DIY recordings and old studio remasters that bring an eclectic 1970s rock energy.
Wall created some songs on Bloodshot Eyes layer by layer from acoustic tracks and scratch vocals, and some songs were built with saxophone, flute and piano tracks recorded back around 2008 with his previous bandmates from the local group, The Voodoo Junkies.
“As a bass player it’s important to get the rhythm down first, and after that it was window dressing and accents,” Wall said, who learned a lot about the mastering process as he tweaked past original material. “I made a few changes, brightened things up or added a guitar here and there.”
“It covers a lot of ground and different periods in my life,” Wall said of the new album. “The lyrics are really personal and they tell a story.”
His influences range from Robert Johnson’s blues, Jim Morrison’s vocals and Bob Dylan’s songwriting, and the album retains a heaviness that could be a result of his tendency to listen to Alice in Chains and Nirvana.
“I started out playing the blues 30 years ago, and it kind of morphs into different things in my songwriting,” Wall said, who started out on the harmonica before picking up other instruments. “The blues are always in the background somewhere.”
You can catch Wall every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Southern Roots Smokehouse in West Ashley with local Americana musician Jeep White. Wall will also be performing an acoustic show with his father Dupree Wall Jan. 14 at Fox Music House on Dorchester Road for a World Music Cafe event at 7 p.m.