Sometimes the good guys do win and Mojo Collins being awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine is a great example of that.
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the highest civilian award in the state. For Mojo Collins it puts an exclamation mark on a remarkable career and lifetime.
He has always been a performer, beginning his career playing guitar with his father Wild Bill Collins. That was in Raleigh in the late 1950s and early 60s. Even a stint in the Air Force didn’t keep him from playing when he was based in Montana.
Then it was off to San Francisco just in time for the summer of love, psychedelia and some of the best rock musicians to ever grace the stage…and Mojo played with almost all of them.
Mojo Collins and Life in North Carolina
He came back to North Carolina after his dad had a heart attack, looked the situation over and realized that if we kept going the way he had been, he would be dead in a couple of years.
Instead, he married his wife, Bonnie, and moved to the Outer Banks.
Over the next 35 to 40 years, Mojo has been a part of the North Carolina music scene. But more than that, he is one of the finest blues guitarist anywhere, and he makes a point of telling the stories of the state in many of his songs.
He has also donated generously to local causes with his music, including early attempts to fund a state park at Jockey’s Ridge and helping to raise money to move Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
To top it all off…Mojo Collins is a heck of a nice guy.