"A well-oiled roots machine... Their first live album, “Rhythm & Roots,” proves that they are succeeding."
ROOTSTIME, BELGIUM
"You will immediately want to listen to all of their studio albums and book them for a tour of the Netherlands. A great album."
MOORS MAGAZINE, THE NETHERLANDS
"The way The Mystix gives the well-known songs a pure roots treatment is spectacular."
KEYS & CHORDS, BELGIUM
"Anyone looking for answers to what the term Americana stands for need look no further."
DALA-DEMOKRATEN, SWEDEN
Leaving listeners more than happy, in fact completely satisfied."
COUNTRY JUKEBOX, GERMANY
"The Mystix Album is definitely going to be in my top 10 best albums of 2016, and it's only May!"
DRIVE 105.3, UK

The Edge

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Boston Herald Review
Boston Herald (Dec 21, 2007)

Boston has a great new roots band. On its new CD, “Blue Morning,” the Mystix – singer/guitarist Jo Lily, guitarist Bobby Keyes, bassist Marty Ballou and drummer Marty Richards – sounds like the greatest swamp-rock band you never heard.

Vintage Guitar

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A great Review for The Mystix’ BLUE MORNING
–Vintage Guitar Magazine

As you’d expect from a batch of journeyman musicians from jazz hotspots like Boston and New York, this set of excellent tunes with dynamic performances rarely misses the mark.

The band is Jo Lily (vocals and guitar), Bobby Keyes (guitar), Marty Ballou (bass) and Marty Richards (drums). While the rhythm section holds things down, Lily and Keyes are the focus. Lily’s vocals sound uncannily like latter-day Bob Dylan and the guitars drive most of the music.

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Chicago Sun-Times

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SPIN CONTROL
BLUES-ROCK
The Mystics, “Satisfy You” (Mystic Eyes) ***

—Jeff Johnson – Chicago Sun-Times (Jul 30, 2006)

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a steaming musical gumbo of funky New Orleans-style R&B. But Dr. John, the gris-gris man with the swamped-out voice and roiling rhythms, is working as a “Mercernary” this year — actually doing quite interesting renditions of Johnny Mercer classics. And various other Crescent City projects were either delayed by Katrina or accelerated to strike while our collective attention was focused there. Where’s a music fan to turn?

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The Boston Herald

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The Mystics
Satisfy You
Mystic Eyes Records | Critic: A-
—Daniel Gewertz – Boston Herald

Roots music made by adults. These local Mystics not only know their music history, but also the pain and happiness of their personal histories. The gravel voice of singer-songwriter Jo Lily (Sam Deluxe of Duke & the Drivers) recalls Dr. John, Tom Waits and late-period Bob Dylan. Melding blues, rock and country, there is a touching, vulnerable gentleness amid the grit. Download: “On My Way.”

Blues Revue

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Down to the Shore
(Mystix Eyes Records)
—Don Wilcock – Blues Revue

“…The band calls its sound “music of rural America,” an inadequate title for a mix that blends genres into a sound this tasty. Boston has always had a knack for creating bands that blend old and new, folk and rock, blues and funk. Put The Mystix at the top of that list.”

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Hittin’ the Note

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The Mystix: Down to the Shore
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— Rob Johnson – Hittin’ the Note

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“This record is a truly timeless collection of music, a rootsy odyssey that sounds ancient and brand new at the same time. Everything from Alan Lomax field recordings to The Mystix’ own original songs are combined into a whole item that is utterly unclassifiable, other than to say it is just good music. One of the best compliments you can give a band is to say they don’t sound like anybody else, and The Mystix’ Down to the Shore has a unique vibe.”

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Tupelo Hall

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High praise for the June Tupelo Show

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—Scott Hayward – Owner, Tupelo Music Hall

“What an AMAZING show we had last week with The Mystix on Saturday. This band is loaded with some of the best musicians on the circuit. Their sound is influenced by blues, R&B, rock, swing, jazz, and about every other genre you can imagine. When we have these guys return, you have got to check them out!”

Blues Revue

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Blue Morning
(Mystix Eyes Records)
—Bill Wasserzieher – Blues Revue

The Mystix, at least name wise, sound like a band in one of Lenny Kayes’ NUGGETS collections, more akin to The Standells’ of “Dirty Water” fame than to Muddy Waters. But the players in The Mystix are veteran hardcore New England bluesmen, with Jo Lily, of Duke and the Drivers, on vocals, the two Martys– both Ballou and Richards from all those Duke Robillard albums– handling the rhythm section, Bobby Keyes (not the Stones sideman) on guitar, and Tom West and guest Kenny White on keyboards.

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The Edge

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The Mystics
Blue Morning (Mystix Eyes)
—Kevin R. Convey —Boston Herald (Oct 12, 2007)

Boston-based Mystix makes lunch-bucket roots rock with a working-class ethos – lots of heavy lifting but no wasted motion. Fronted by Jo Lily (aka Sam Deluxe of Duke and the Drivers), the band of guitarist Bobby Keyes, drummer Marty Richards, bassist Marty Ballou and keyboardist Tom West is a collection of erstwhile hired guns who have backed local luminaries such as Peter Wolf, Susan Tedeschi, Duke Robillard and Barrence Whitfield. While Lily’s apocalyptic croak is so Dylanesque as to inspire confusion, there’s nothing confusing about the passion, commitment and economy the Mystix brings to its mix of blues, r & b and country.

The Patriot Ledger

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The Mystix
Blue Morning
Future looks bright for Mystix
—Jay N. Miller – The Patriot Ledger

The Mystix – who were known as The Mystics before they discovered how many soothsayers that would conjure up on the Internet – have been together less than three years, but they have plenty of experience.

Frontman Jo Lilly was better known as Sam DeLuxe when he was fronting legendary Boston rockers Duke and the Drivers. Guitarist Bobby Keyes has worked with a long list of bands, often behind the scenes, but his most visible gig was probably with New Kids on the Block, although he’s also worked with rock ‘n’ roll legend Darlene Love, soul man Ben E. King and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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