Bluesman Keb’ Mo’ returned for his annual visit to The Egg in Albany, and although it was billed as a solo show, he had a couple of surprises up his sleeve this time around, bringing along drummer Casey Wasner and bassist/cellist Tim Shinneness to add a bit of sparkle to his deep-rooted Americana tunes.
Over the past few years, Keb Mo has played hundreds of shows on several continents, as well as composed and recorded music for the TNT series “Memphis Beat.” This singular artist’s celebrated recordings and live performances bring together his diverse influences-pre-disco R&B, American folk and gospel, and rock, in addition to the blues-in a sound that is truly and uniquely his own.
A singer, guitarist and songwriter, Keb Mo is a three-time Grammy Award winner for the Best Contemporary Blues Album, and a key figure in the acclaimed 2003 PBS series “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues.”
He’s been booked into the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA and will perform selections from his new album, The Reflection. These songs are the product of an important period of personal and professional growth for the artist formerly known as Kevin Moore. In that time, he started a new family, moved from Los Angeles to Nashville, built a state-of-the-art home studio, and founded his own label, Yolabelle International, distributed by Ryko and the Warner Music Group.
NOTE: In addition to his concert at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on Thursday (October 18), Keb Mo will also be leading his band into The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (October 20).
Keb Mo (now without those confusing apostrophes) was in the middle of a between-songs rap when a woman began calling repeatedly for “Keep It Simple.” The artist formerly known as Kevin Moore politely suggested that he save that one for “the last song I play.” So, in the end, the woman got what she wanted. Suffice it to say that I didn’t.
Here’s what I wanted: In his introduction to “I See Love” (which became the theme song for the CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly”), Keb talked about how he and his partners like to sneak into a little club in Santa Monica on Monday nights and “get drunk and just play.” That’s the kind of show I wanted – where the Nashville native just kicked back and played his unique brand of intimate, uncomplicated, down-home blues. What I got was a brilliantly-packed, perfectly-polished performance of the kind of smoothed-out music that makes radio programmers a little more inclined to add you to the playlist.
The internet really is an amazing and powerful thing.
Until very recently, Grandpa Elliott was a blind street singer in New Orleans’ French Quarter, where he sang and played his harmonica for tips from the tourists.
But thanks to Playing for Change’s little music video for the classic Ben E. King soul song, “Stand By Me” – which has now been seen more than 15 million times on YouTube alone – Elliot is an international star.
On Saturday night he was performing in concert at The Egg in Albany, the clear crowd favorite amidst the ten-piece ensemble of musicians assembled from all around the globe.