In the Rehearsal Space with Mojo Radio Blog

Dressing room at the Orpheum Theater - Madison, WI.

Dressing room at the Orpheum Theater - Madison, WI.

The story behind the song “110912”, a tribute to Paulie Heenan 

As Mojo Radio began to record the latest album, Rise, things seem to be on the up and up. We had just changed plans to jam with a friend of ours in order to do an interview for Maximum Ink. That was on November 8, 2012. Then in the early morning hours of November 9 things changed.  Paulie Heenan, the friend who was originally coming out to jam with us, was shot and killed.

After that, things looked differently for us.  We knew we had to do something. We thought the one way we could honor our friend was to create something for him.  Creating a song for a fallen musician seems fitting. That is how “110912” began. Over the next few months Mojo Radio would craft the song that would become our tribute to Paulie. It wasn’t always easy, and at some points it was haunting. Like Paulie was there with us. You could feel people making the connection to him after a take, and had to just sit in silence after we were done. We feel we captured something special on this song.  We hope it connects people to Paulie, and helps with the grieving process.

We also hope this leads to the other side of things, where people celebrate Paul’s life.
We were honored to be part of Paulie Fest in May 2012 where we did just that. Celebrate Paul’s life. It was the beginning of Paulie’s Gift. Through this group, we seek to keep Paulie’s memory alive and honor his life by supporting projects that reflect some of Paulie’s core principles: his love of music, his eagerness to lend a hand and his desire to bring people together.

To help celebrate and honor our friend, we have released our song “110912” to the public. Listen to "110912" now.

To read the article that Sal Serio wrote for Maximum Ink the night we changed plans, go here:

We encourage you to take the time and spend time with your friends and family when you can. You never know when a change in plans can lead to a change in your life forever.

It was the worst of times, it was the best of times 

Back in August of 2011, we had a lot of things happening with the band. Some of it good, and some of it bad. We had just learned that our name 'Soul Shaker" was trademarked by a gentleman in Austin, TX. We learned this when his lawyer served us papers to cease and desist using that name. Lucky for us, we were still in the steps leading up to an album release. If we had released that album with SOUL SHAKER on it, we could not use a single one. This is when we changed the name to Mojo Radio. Since the name change we have seen many positives changes as a band.

One of our first shows as Mojo Radio was a local show at a bar in Middleton, WI. This was an all nighter where we play for 3-4 hours in front of a bunch of drunks. This was our first time at this particular place, so we didn't really know what to expect. You must know something about these types of shows first. We usually hated these as we had to provide all of the PA and lights. We don't own enough equipment ourselves, so we always had to scrounge gear from our pals in other bands. Then we have an hour to set it all up, and another hour to tear it all down. That's a lot of work, and people don't join bands because they love to do a lot of work. We start the show, and almost immediately are told "you're way too loud." We turn down, and two songs later we told "you still way too loud." We continue to adjust our volume downwards throughout the night. At the end of the night we can clearly hear bartenders open beer bottles over the volume of the music. We are still told "you need to turn down." This is where our slogan IT'S GONNA GET LOUD comes from. We get done, and almost instantly the jukebox is turned on. It is now blaring the latest pop-country at full volume. Nobody is complaining about the volume anymore. Hmmmmm. This was the last time we played at that bar, and we no longer do all-nighters. That was a bad night.

The next night we had another show. This time we would be playing one of the premiere venues in Madison, WI. We were the openers for Ted Nugent at the Overture Center. The Overture Center is incredible, and a place where all the best nationals play when they come to town. This time we did't need to worry about PA and lighting as we would be playing through some of the best PA and be lit up by some the best lighting around. Not only that, but there are union crew members there to haul all of our equipment to the stage for us. We get our own dressing room as well. This is the rockstar life! We had a short set, but the crowd was very responsive. When we got offstage we noticed a fellow on the side who was watching us the whole time. He went up to Adam and said, "you're a really good singer." That fellow was Derek St. Holmes, the singer for Ted Nugent. Now that was a good night.  Click here to see video from that night. 

As we continue on our journey, we have good and bad nights. Either way, they make good stories. We try to take it all in stride and remember that we got together as a band to make good music. We hope you enjoyed this look behind the scenes of the good, and the bad.

Take care,
Mojo Radio

Life on the road with Mojo Radio 

We recently had the pleasure of playing in Des Moines, Iowa. This was our first show in Iowa and we had a great response. We can't thank all the fans that came out enough. You made us feel welcome and we can't wait to get back there.

If you want to know what happens in the truck driving a 4.5 hour drive, then read on. I think some stuff will surprise you. First off, we need to pack all of our gear into a rental Suburban. This is what that looked like on the right. Basically there is never enough room for all of your stuff. Luckily, we got everything in and still had room for the actual band members. Who needs to see out the rear window anyway?

As we head out, we are pumped up for our first show in Iowa. To get us in the mood for rocking people's faces off, we started listening to some tunes. Here is some of what we played:  The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates , Culture Club Greatest Hits

Didn't see that coming did you? We like to keep things diverse. You'll never know what will be in the road songs playlist. It will always be all of the place, however.

We also tried to catch up on some classic movies to pass the time. We loaded up the trusty Portable DVD player and put in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Special Edition). This is one movie you can get even if you are just listening to it. You will either love Monty Python or you'll hate it. 

We made it the Gas Lamp in Des Moines in a shorter time than we had planned. That allowed us to sample the cuisine served right out of the back room. We highly recommend the food there. Bar food taken up to the next level for sure. It was even a little fancy. 

We love the Gas Lamp, and all the staff there. Great bunch of people for sure. We also want to thank Stutterin' Jimmy for opening the night. He brought in a lot of fans for sure. He is such of a local legend it seems, and he has a great story for sure. Check out Stutterin' Jimmy on Reverb Nation here.

The ride home was a little exciting for sure. Some of us tried to sleep, and others were asleep before the truck left the parking spot. We did make a stop for gas and gas station food at one of the local Kum-N-Gos. These are all over Iowa, and we just had to stop in. After loaded up on Tornados, powdered donuts, and other unhealthy food choices, we hit the road back to Madison, WI. We ended up getting back around 6:30 AM. Then we had to unload the truck so it could be returned to the rental place. Nothing quite like driving for 5 hours, and then having to unload a full truck at 6:30AM on little to no sleep.

We are looking to do more of these in the future. We want to come to you wherever you are. Let us know if we haven't been to your town, and you think we'd do well there. Maybe we'll make it happen.

Let's get started 

Hey Mojo Radio fans. We are going to let you all into our world each month to see what we talk about during our rehearsals. A lot of time we discuss what albums we are all listening to at the moment. You might be surprised at what some of us listen to. You might also hear some of our influences in our music once you know who we like.

We wanted to give you an inside look at what we do on our practice nights. There is a lot of work going on, but we also have lots of fun as well. We hope you will all enjoy a look at how the machine that is Mojo Radio works. We would also love to hear from you. Please let us know if you want to know more about anything we do. Well...not anything, but you get the picture. Email us at and use BLOG as your subject.

Look for the blog to get going very soon.