I thought I would take a mellow turn tonight and run a session the inimitable Keb’ Mo’ did for the BBC back in October of 2011.
Kevin Roosevelt Moore (born October 3, 1951), known as Keb’ Mo’, is an American blues musician and five-time Grammy Award winner. He is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, living in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been described as “a living link to the seminal Delta blues that travelled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America.” His post-modern blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz, pop and country. The moniker “Keb Mo” was coined by his original drummer, Quentin Dennard, and picked up by his record label as a “street talk” abbreviation of his given name.
In 1994, Keb’ Mo’ released his self-titled album, Keb’ Mo’, which featured two Robert Johnson classics, “Come On In My Kitchen” and “Kind Hearted Woman Blues”. In the Martin Scorsese miniseries The Blues, Keb’ Mo’ states that he was greatly influenced by Johnson. Keb’ was the runner-up for Best New Blues Artist at The Long Beach Blues Festival, where he was spotted by Steve LaVere, who owns the publishing for the entire Robert Johnson song catalogue (1992–93).
Keb’ Mo’ performed at a White House event titled “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues” on February 21, 2012. On February 24, 2012, many of the same performers, including Keb’ Mo, Gary Clark Jr., Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, paid tribute to Hubert Sumlin at the “Howlin’ For Hubert” memorial concert at the Apollo Theater in New York City.
Always a pleasure to hear, and hugely popular all over the world, Keb’ Mo’ is one of those artists whose voice resonates on a lot of different levels.
Here he is during a 2011 set of appearances in Europe.
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