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Mojo Collins  

Blues guitarist & songwriter, former lead guitarist for Initial Shock and Sawbuck

Not many people have performed with or opened shows for Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company, Steve Miller, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Ike and Tina Turner, Muddy Waters, Leon Redbone, Sly and the Family Stone, Blue Cheer, The Spinners, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, Keith Shealy, and the incomparable Stevie Ray Vaughan. After accomplishing all of this, world renowned guitarist Mojo Collins considers his dues to be paid and is currently living his lifelong dream as a professional singer, guitarist, and songwriter on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His music continues to receive critical acclaim with airplay in the US and 9 other countries over the last 20 years. Mojo has been the recipient of several prestigious songwriting awards, including the NC Arts Council Fellowship in Music for Songwriting. An active preservationist, Mojo was proud to perform at the dedication ceremony of NC's Jockey's Ridge State Park and the relighting and rededication of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

Mojo's musical career began at age five with his Grandmother teaching him songs on her old Stella guitar. His skills were honed at family jams and lessons given by his father, "Wild Bill" Collins. Later, he joined the Air Force and was staioned in Montana. Here he wrote much of the material which he would later take to San Francisco with the band "Initial Shock". In San Francisco, Mojo and "Initial Shock" made their way to stage at the legendary Fillmore West and finally to a contract with the king of all rock promoters, Bill Graham.

"Sawbuck", the self-titled debut album from Mojo's collaboration with musicians Chuck Ruff, Steve Hatley, Star Donaldson, and Ronnie Montrose, received national attention. In 1971 Mojo relocated from San Francisco to Eastern North Carolina, married, and started a family which now includes 2 sons, their wives, and 6 fine grandchildren!

His original music is presented in concert as well as in schools K4 to university, church music education programs, "The Lost Colony, Devon to Dare", "Make a Preservation", "Flight of Magic", and "History of Folk and Blues". In 2007 Mojo released "Mojo Collins Live". Mojo is currently creating new original works for "Opening Act", a rock and blues multi-media touring concert. Enjoy your experience with Mojo online and let the music take along its journey from the 60's music scene of Haight Ashbury, to the legendary Fillmore Records / Fillmore West and all the way back home to the remote beauty of coastal Carolina.


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