Mohavi Soul takes its name from the Mohave desert of California and in the five years of its existence, they’ve developed their own blend of bluegrass soul. The band consists of the songwriters Mark Miller on guitar and vocals, Randy Hanson on mandolin and vocals and Jason Weiss on banjo and vocals, Orion Boucher on bass and vocals, Dan Sankey on violin and vocals, and will Jaffe on dobro. Also appearing is guest John Mailander on fiddle. The songs have an instrumental tower of power with banjo and fiddle in the forefront. “Gettie Up” is a tribute to early pioneers and their fortitude to get going and succeed. “Hometown Blues” opens with a flurry of banjo notes as the singer looks back: “home is deep in my heart,” “On My Way” is another return to home song, and “Contrary Lovers” offers some insights into the lyrics in opposition: “you do when you don’t.” The nostalgic “Lay Your Needle Down” references the old fashioned record player and the yesterdays when you made pictures inside your head. One song stands out as a contemporary commentary: “Ferguson Fight.” The song focuses on the riots over the police shootings and advises the people to “take on the fight, but don’t you go and steal the night.” Mohavi Soul has strong potential, but needs more vocal and tempo variety.