The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band
Taj Mahal first made his mark in the late 1960s with a series of visionary country-blues albums that helped to spark a widespread resurgence of interest in traditional acoustic blues. In the decades since, he has remained a singular creative force, pursuing his free-spirited muse with a lengthy series of eclectic recording projects. The three-time GRAMMY-winner's prestigious body of work encompasses more than 30 albums, which have explored a wide array of roots music from around the world while remaining firmly rooted in the blues.
Since arriving on the scene in the early 1990s, blues renaissance man and four-time GRAMMY-winner Keb' Mo' has earned a widespread reputation for his mastery of multiple blues styles, and his ability to combine traditional approaches with a contemporary attitude and a timeless storytelling sensibility. He's released a series of acclaimed albums, as well as appearing in theatre and film projects, and collaborating with a wide array of musicians from various genres. Like Taj Mahal, Keb' remains a vocal advocate for the preservation of the blues, and has been active in charities that support music education.
Although TajMo marks their first studio collaboration, the two artists have known each other for decades. Taj has been a longstanding touchstone for Keb' ever since he saw him perform at a high-school student assembly, and Taj even played a role in Keb' winning his first record deal. The two have occasionally shared stages over the years, but the new album was their first opportunity to create new music together.
"The making of this record spanned two and a half years, working in my home studio whenever we could get together between tours," says Keb'. "And over that two and a half years, we got to know each other really well. Making this record was a really, really big deal for me. Taj is a stellar human being, just a brilliant man, and I learned a lot working with him. It's an honor to have that kind of person in your life, and there was a lot of trust that developed between us."
"It was a lot of fun," adds Taj. "We'd been thinking about collaborating for a little while, but once we actually got in there, I was really impressed. Keb's really good at keeping the ball up in the air. He's a hell of a guitar player, and I'm just amazed at some of the stuff that he put out there."
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