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The new I Can't Change It is a bona fide gem

—Steve Morse, Professor of Rock 'n Roll, Berklee

THE MYSTIX proudly announce the release of their 7th album Can’t Change It, produced by legendary drummer Marco Giovino. Marco brings his eclectic vision and brilliant sense of style to this new project. Can’t Change It expands the band’s unique sound utilizing singer/songwriter Jo Lily’s captivating deep-throated vocals as a centerpiece, backed by guitarist extraordinaire, Bobby Keyes, and a group of elite Boston musicians and special guests, creating a truly original and engaging album.

Jo Lily and Bobby Keyes are the heart and soul of THE MYSTIX. Joe has been a part of the Boston music scene since the 70’s when he was with the iconic New England band Duke and the Drivers. Bobby Keyes has been a top studio musician for the likes of Mary J. Blige, Little Wayne Jerry Lee Lewis, etc. This project also features a truly outstanding line-up of musicians consisting of Tom West, Marty Ballou, Duke Levine and Marco Giovino, with special guests Luther and Cody Dickinson (The North Mississippi Allstars) and legendary Charlie McCoy to create a funky, rootsy, soulful sound guaranteed to lift your spirits.

Can’t Change It continues the band’s tradition of crafted originals and obscure traditional American roots music. The dynamic percussion beats, soulful ballads and a driving guitar throughout, give this new album an energy that represents a seismic shift in the band’s sound. This album is lean and mean.

Renowned for their live performances, THE MYSTIX have always preferred to limit their performances to a few choice venues. Though it may be some time before we get a chance to see them perform again, Can’t Change It more than makes up for this. Producer Marco Giovino creates a textured, but pared-down sound that features the band’s thoughtful, creative nature, drawing you inward and leaving you wanting more.

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rhythm-and-roots-200Great news for Mystix fans! The band’s legendary sound has been captured on their sixth CD, Rhythm and Roots, and is now available for purchase! The Mystix are known for their live performances and the band is excited to offer these high-quality, live recordings captured from recent dates over the past two years. Blue Ocean, Tupelo, Portsmouth Music Hall and their special, private performance at the Gould Barn—they’re all included in this exciting CD.

“Rhythm and Roots is a culmination of all the years of crafting and perfecting our unique sound. And after several years of our fans requesting a live album, it feels great to present something this good.”

Their five previous, critically acclaimed CDs have enjoyed substantial airplay across the country and around the world, consistently appearing on major Americana/Roots charts in the US, UK and Europe. But this is the album Mystix fans have been waiting for.

Noted for their impeccable musicianship as well as their soulful, spirited and lighthearted performances, The Mystix legendary, veteran lineup never fails to deliver a thrilling performance. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear a full show featuring spirited performances of traditional Americana songs, The Mystix’ critically acclaimed originals and the band’s unique interpretation of deep soul.

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This intimate collection of songs features an exciting, organic approach to Country/Blues. The Mystix fifth album enjoyed critical acclaim, significant attention and regular rotation on WUMB and other eclectic stations and radio programs across the country and around the world.

Midight in Mississippi showcases the talents of these veteran artists:

  • Jo Lily: Vocals and guitars
    Bobby Keyes: Guitars
    Kevin Barry: Lap Steel, Dobro
    Tom West: Keyboards
    Matt Leavenworth: Fiddle
    Dennis McDermott: Drums/Percussion
    Jesse Williams: Bass guitar
    Annie Raines: Harmonica

and is available on iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, and Dyno Records.

Feature Tracks:
Midnight in Mississippi

albums-mt-175In their fourth album, The Mystix have had the privilege and joy of interpreting the songs of many influential artists. This list includes Emmitt Miller’s “Jelly Roll”, Jimmie Rodger’s “Blues #4” (originally titled “Blues Yodel #4), Ernest Tubb’s “Mean Woman Blues”, Roebuck “Pop” Staples’ “Wish I Had Answered”, and the Reverend Julius Cheeks classic, “I’ll Believe I’ll Run On”. The Mystix also include the more sophisticated jazz and blues styles of Charles Brown and others, including a Floyd Dixon tune, “Time Brings About a Change”.

Many of their arrangements include additional lyrics or well-known gospel bridges that may not have appeared in the original recordings. This “poetic license” is well within tradition, allowing for flexibility in the presentation. Many artists would “cover” a song and make their own contribution to lyrics and arrangements. The Mystix chose to “stay loose” with their interpretation, in an attempt to capture the original spontaneity so inherent in this music.

The Mystix have also added a few of their own tunes. In “Mighty Love,” they include the Downtown Chicago harp sound of the great Jerry Portnoy (Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton), matched with a soulful “Pop Staples” style guitar, resulting in an alternate approach to a traditionally spiritual song. In “Mighty Tone,” the band combines the bluegrass sound of Bill Monroe, with the vocal approach of early country and western (Johnny Cash, Don Gibson).

This is a music of celebration, innovation and revelation. The writing, assembling, and arranging of this Americana “ramble” has been a project infused with joy, which the band hopes to share with their listeners. They would like to thank the many musicologists who have collected and preserved this vital aspect of our shared and uniquely American spirit.

albums-dtsf200The Mystix are working with Richard Rosenblatt, from Vizzable Productions and the VizzTone Label Group, and the Artist Development Co-op for the release of this unique roots collection. Not only does the album features songs by some of the early giants of roots music but also sensational new original songs!

An Amazing Americana/Roots Journey!

On this album The Mystix completely embrace the Americana/Roots genre and write to it as well. Plus, as promised, the album features a live track from the band’s Tupelo Music Hall show! CDs and MP3s are available at Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.

#6 on WZLX’s Sunday Morning Blues Top 30!

Listed as Potential Grammy Nominee for Best Americana Album!

Opened on the EuroAmericana Chart at #5!

Charting on the Americana Airplay Chart at #17!

Charting on the Jambands.com/Relix Radio Chart at #10!

Feature Tracks:
Down to the Shore
Get Right
Roll of the Dice

albums-blue-morning175“Blue Morning,” is going strong, moving up roots and country playlists around the country and picking up notable airtime internationally and through satellite radio.

The second release from The Mystix represents the band’s first endeavor into the Roots genre. It is AVAILABLE online through Spotify, Amazon and iTunes.

#16 on American Roots chart – #23 on X-Country!

Feature Tracks:
Rattled
Yolanda
Another Kind of Love

albums-satisfy-you175This is the first recording done by The Mystix and was engineered by legendary New York producer/engineer, Joe Blaney,whose work includes such artists as Prince, Keith Richards, the Ramones and many others. The Mystix were just newly formed and the album was recorded after only a few weeks together. To our surprise we received glowing critical acclaim both in the U.S. and Europe. Many of the songs were written by Jo Lily and Bobby Keyes and remain a vibrant part of our current repertoire to this day. Satisfy You is the perfect introduction to The Mystix and continues to enjoy worldwide sales.

Feature Tracks:

Satisfy You
Change My Mind
Heavy Rain

1) Outlaw Blues

One of Bob Dylan‘s early electric blues classics, featuring Mike Bloomfield on lead guitar, initially released in 1965 on his album Bringing It All Back Home. The Mystix’s interpretation, along with Dylan’s lyrics make the song as relevant today as it always was.

2) Ain’t Gonna Cry

Originally co-written and recorded by Timi Yuro, legendary Vegas Torch/R&B singer. Considered one of the pioneers of “blue-eyed soul.” After Marco presented the song to Jo, he insisted on recording the track. Jo tweaked the lyrics to fit the male perspective.

3) Carrie

Written by singer Jo Lily. This song was written years back and was nearly forgotten. When Marco, the producer, heard it, he insisted they go to studio to record.

4) Let’s Get Started

Co-written by Jo and Bobby, this tune references the many years and many live performances throughout The Mystix’s careers. These are the last words before the band goes on stage typically, “let’s get started.”

5) Jumper On The Line

The Mystix are joined by the North Mississippi All-Stars in performing this R.L. Burnside song. Together the two bands create their own interpretation of this swampy classic, featuring Luther Dickinson on the slide and Cody Dickinson on electric washboard.

6) Bottle Of Whiskey

Written by the great Frankie Miller (Scottish songwriter, singer extraordinaire). Jo has been a disciple of Frankie‘s since he opened for him in the early 70s. Jo says, “this song is like a hymn to me.” Featuring the legendary player Charlie McCoy (Roy Orbison, Cash, Elvis, Bob Dylan) on harmonica.

7) Brand New Love

Adding his lyrics to a John Lee Hooker feel, the new version of Brand New Love was done in one take. A real deep boogie feel.

8) Wouldn’t Mind Dying, (If Dyin’ was All)

This is one of the oldest classic gospel songs in the American gospel songbook. Written by Washington Phillips in 1927, Wouldn’t Mind Dying has been recorded extensively within the African American gospel community. The song was later recorded by the Carter Family in the early 1930s.

9) Backstreet Girl

Originally by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, an example of some of the early Rolling Stones melodies, showing that Richards and Jagger were more than just rock ‘n’ roll artists and could pen hauntingly beautiful ballads.

10) That’s All That’s All

Another tune that was written by Jo, using two of his favorite influences, The Reverend Julius Cheeks and Bo Diddley! Simple as that - That’s All.

11) I Can’t Change It

Another great Frankie Miller ballad said to have been written when he was only 12 or 13 years old. One of the band’s favorite tunes, The Mystix, has been performing this song live for years, finally recording it for Can’t Change It.

12) Going To The River

A classic street blues from the master himself, Jimmy Reed. The Mystix kept the arrangement simple, 12 string guitar, a rhythm section, and a fiddle by Kathleen Parks.

13) Dreamers Holiday

The Mystix take a musical journey back into the early ’50s. Dreamers Holiday is a tribute to Bobby’s first guitar teacher, as this pop track was his favorite song.

14) Jumper On The Line (Edited)

Shortened for radio airplay, this tune still has all the raucous swampy feel as the extended album version. The North Mississippi All-Stars really shine on this one!

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1) Outlaw Blues

One of Bob Dylan‘s early electric blues classics, featuring Mike Bloomfield on lead guitar, initially released in 1965 on his album Bringing It All Back Home. The Mystix’s interpretation, along with Dylan’s lyrics make the song as relevant today as it always was.

2) Ain’t Gonna Cry

Originally co-written and recorded by Timi Yuro, legendary Vegas Torch/R&B singer. Considered one of the pioneers of “blue-eyed soul.” After Marco presented the song to Jo, he insisted on recording the track. Jo tweaked the lyrics to fit the male perspective.

3) Carrie

Written by singer Jo Lily. This song was written years back and was nearly forgotten. When Marco, the producer, heard it, he insisted they go to studio to record.

4) Let’s Get Started

Co-written by Jo and Bobby, this tune references the many years and many live performances throughout The Mystix’s careers. These are the last words before the band goes on stage typically, “let’s get started.”

5) Jumper On The Line

The Mystix are joined by the North Mississippi All-Stars in performing this R.L. Burnside song. Together the two bands create their own interpretation of this swampy classic, featuring Luther Dickinson on the slide and Cody Dickinson on electric washboard.

6) Bottle Of Whiskey

Written by the great Frankie Miller (Scottish songwriter, singer extraordinaire). Jo has been a disciple of Frankie‘s since he opened for him in the early 70s. Jo says, “this song is like a hymn to me.” Featuring the legendary player Charlie McCoy (Roy Orbison, Cash, Elvis, Bob Dylan) on harmonica.

7) Brand New Love

Adding his lyrics to a John Lee Hooker feel, the new version of Brand New Love was done in one take. A real deep boogie feel.

8) Wouldn’t Mind Dying, (If Dyin’ was All)

This is one of the oldest classic gospel songs in the American gospel songbook. Written by Washington Phillips in 1927, Wouldn’t Mind Dying has been recorded extensively within the African American gospel community. The song was later recorded by the Carter Family in the early 1930s.

9) Backstreet Girl

Originally by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, an example of some of the early Rolling Stones melodies, showing that Richards and Jagger were more than just rock ‘n’ roll artists and could pen hauntingly beautiful ballads.

10) That’s All That’s All

Another tune that was written by Jo, using two of his favorite influences, The Reverend Julius Cheeks and Bo Diddley! Simple as that - That’s All.

11) I Can’t Change It

Another great Frankie Miller ballad said to have been written when he was only 12 or 13 years old. One of the band’s favorite tunes, The Mystix, has been performing this song live for years, finally recording it for Can’t Change It.

12) Going To The River

A classic street blues from the master himself, Jimmy Reed. The Mystix kept the arrangement simple, 12 string guitar, a rhythm section, and a fiddle by Kathleen Parks.

13) Dreamers Holiday

The Mystix take a musical journey back into the early ’50s. Dreamers Holiday is a tribute to Bobby’s first guitar teacher, as this pop track was his favorite song.

14) Jumper On The Line (Edited)

Shortened for radio airplay, this tune still has all the raucous swampy feel as the extended album version. The North Mississippi All-Stars really shine on this one!

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