Formed almost ten years ago, The Mojo Stars quickly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. With deep roots in the blues and soul combined with a rock driven edge, this multi talented band has been collecting a large following starting from their debut performance at one of the closing nights of Vancouver’s 2006 Jazz Festival to their upcoming tour of 2016.
Started in 2006 by singer and front man Randy Clarke and guitarist Mark Rankin, the band’s first year saw them playing at local clubs, pubs, casinos and private events. In 2009, they recorded their first CD, Devil’s Advocate, a collection of ten original songs penned by Clarke and Rankin. The CD received massive airplay being featured on blues programs in Canada, the US and Europe, including being the new spotlight artist on Canadian Brent Zwicker’s show, At The Crossroads. The disc was also in regular rotation on the US’s Tony Steidler Dennison’s podcast, The Roadhouse, which has a listenership of over 10,000. The CD has also received the highest rating possible from John Vermilyea’s famed blues website, Blues Underground Network. Locally, the band had four songs featured in the Vancouver Province’s Playlist section in 2009/2010, which with an online/print weekly readership of 920,000, enabled them to reach an even greater audience.
The end of 2010 saw the group go on hiatus, but after three years the band was invigorated, adding new members, LEe Oliphant on Bass, Loren Etkin on drums, B3 player Kenny Boychuck (long time Jerry Doucette collaborator) and sax man Tom Gould to the lineup. Playing their return gig at the newly-opened Columbia in New Westminster, The Mojo Stars sold out the 500-seat-room and treated both old and new fans to freshly written material.
Most recently the band are supporting their latest release, Under The Influence, which debuted in the top ten of the Roots Music Reports’ Top 50 Blues Rock Albums, and in the top 20 Canadian releases. With rave reviews and a highly successful CD release party at the famed Rio Cabaret in Vancouver, the band is getting geared up to support the new album both through both BC and the rest of Canada.