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Keb' Mo'


Blues musician


Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Keb' Mo' is considered one of the brightest modern stars of the blues genre. Since his 1994 debut on the OKeh label, he has won numerous awards and has expanded his work to include television and film soundtracks as well as frequent concert appearances. His unique melding of traditional blues with more recent elements, from pop to rock, have won critical praise and propelled Mo's recordings to the top of the charts.

Born Kevin Moore on October 3, 1951, in Compton, California, Mo' grew up steeped in the musical traditions that his extended family had brought from the Deep South. He listened to blues recordings and R&B on the local radio station, and heard gospel music every Sunday at the Baptist church his family attended. By age ten, he was recruited into his school band, where he began on trumpet. "I remember the first time playing with the band, playing whole notes—it just felt so good," he told Los Angeles Times writer Steve Appleford. "It just felt like the place to be." The young musician went on to try steel drums and other percussion instruments, french horn, and guitar. "Wherever they would let me participate," he commented to Lynn Heffley in the Los Angeles Times. "I mean, I would play the triangle if they let me."

But once he discovered guitar, which his uncle invited him to try, Mo' knew he had found his instrument. "When I put my hand on the guitar the first time, that was it," he told Appleford. "Two weeks later I was playing the guitar, finger-picking and the whole thing. I knew four chords, five chords—I was ready to rock." Despite his blues heritage, however, Mo' dreamed of success as a pop star. He joined various cover bands after high school, performing Top 40 hits and oldies until one of his bosses suggested that his music lacked a certain something. This musician introduced Mo' to material with more Caribbean and African sounds, such as the music of the Neville Brothers. Mo' commented in an article in Offbeat magazine, "I took it to heart and listened to them, and began to incorporate that kind of swing into my own kind of music."

During the early 1970s Mo' began to find modest success as a backup musician. In 1973 he joined a blues-rock group headed by Papa John Creach, the former vocalist for Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna. Mo' stayed with Creach's band for three years, touring steadily and making three albums. He then went on to work as a studio musician in Los Angeles. He released his own album, Rainmaker, in 1980, but it garnered little notice.

Throughout the 1980s Mo' continued to strive for a stardom that remained elusive. In 1983 he joined the house band at the Los Angeles club Marla's Memory Lane. There he met blues saxophonist Monk Higgins, the bandleader who Mo' later credited as "probably the most important element in developing my understanding of the blues," as he commented in the Detroit News. It wasn't until 1990, however, that Mo' got the break that would turn his career around. The casting director for Rabbit Foot, a theater production in Los Angeles, needed an actor who could play a Delta blues musician. "I said I could do it—I lied—but then I really got drawn into the role," he confided to Guitar Player writer Andy Widders-Ellis. So successful was his performance that Mo' was cast in another bluesman role in the play Spunk. These roles led to solo engagements that boosted Mo's popularity. "The response was incredible," he told Widders-Ellis, "the best I'd ever had with my band."

By this time, as Mo' explained to Appleford, "I really didn't care anymore" about star status. "I just wanted to play music. I didn't care if I was successful or not successful. I didn't care if I was living out of a box downtown. I just wanted to do it." His exposure to Delta music prompted him to go back to study the blues classics, and he even took lessons at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Among his most important blues influences were the legendary Robert Johnson and contemporary giant Taj Mahal, who had played a concert at Mo's high school years earlier.

In 1994 Mo' signed with Epic Records on their newly revived blues label, OKeh. That year he released his debut album, Keb' Mo', which was his new professional name, an African-American version of his given name that he felt would better reflect his blues orientation. A friend, drummer Quentin Dennard, had started pronouncing his name this way during sessions at Los Angeles clubs when Mo' would sit in with house musicians. The record earned glowing reviews from such publications as the New York Times, People, and the Houston Chronicle. Critics hailed Mo' as an important new voice with both authentic blues roots and a contemporary sound.

The success of Keb' Mo' led to more engagements at music festivals, clubs, and coffeehouses. In addition, Mo' began opening for such big stars as Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker, and George Clinton. In 1996 Mo' released his second album, Just Like You, which won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album—as did his next release, Slow Down, in 1998. Mo's music could soon be heard everywhere—on radio; on the television series Touched By an Angel and the CBS drama The Promised Land; on several film soundtracks, including One Fine Day, Tin Cup, and Down in the Delta; and on the concert stage, as Mo' shared star billing with such performers as Bonnie Raitt and Celine Dion. Many leading artists covered Mo's songs, from Joe Cocker with "Has Anybody Seen My Girl," to B. B. King with "Dangerous Mood." The Yale Repertory Company commissioned Mo' to write the score for Keith Glover's play Thunder Knocking on the Door.

"When I first heard Delta blues," Mo' told Rusty Russell of Guitar Player, "it really grabbed me—and became my foundation as a player—but it never occurred to me to shut off other things that make me who I am as a musician." Pointing out that television, Top 40 radio, and the 1960s folk music and rock scene were an important part of his adolescence, he cited James Taylor as a major influence on his fingerpicking style, and has never been shy about bringing innovative instrumentation and phrasing to his work. On his album The Door, Mo' felt he achieved his most satisfying blend to date of traditional and new elements. His version of the Elmore James song "It Hurts Me Too Much," for example, is a blues classic that includes subtle synthesizer accompaniment. "That's how I always heard blues coming out, and blues going somewhere else—rather than the same old kind of thing. But it's respectful of the original version," he commented to Appleford.

For the Record . . .

Born Kevin Moore on October 3, 1951, in Compton, CA; children: one son.

Signed with Epic Records blues label, OKeh, 1994; performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, and North Sea Jazz Festival; released seven albums as of 2004 on Sony labels, including children's album Big Wide Grin (2001); composed score for play Thunder Knocking on the Door, 2002; released Keep It Simple and PeaceBack by Popular Demand, 2004.

Awards: Blues Artist of the Year, 1996; Grammy Awards, Best Contemporary Blues Album, 1996 and 1998.

Addresses: Record company—Epic Records, P.O. Box 4450, New York, NY 10101-4450. Website—Keb' Mo' Official Website: http://www.kebmo.com.

A project that surprised even Mo' himself was Big Wide Grin, a compilation of children's songs commissioned by Sony Wonder. At first, he envisioned the recording as a detour from his "real" work. But he soon became excited by the material. Though he contributed several original songs to the effort, including "Infinite Eyes," which he wrote with John Lewis Parker and Essra Mohawk, and "I Am Your Mother, Too," a song about adoption cowritten with Zuriani, Mo' also put his own distinctive stamp on a wide range of other material. His choices were risky, from the high funk of Sly & the Family Stone's "Family Affair" to the soul of the O'Jay's "Love Train;" from Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely" to Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi," and the raunchier "Fat Foot Floogie." His focus on the recording, Mo' told Heffley, was to celebrate the many different forms that families take, from the intact nuclear unit to extended and blended families, and to expand awareness about adults' responsibility to younger generations. "We're wielding this great power of thought and mind and deed," he continued, "and sometimes we use it carelessly."

Mo' has also covered the Hank Williams hit "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," for a tribute album to the great country-western star. Perhaps the project farthest from his blues roots so far is his rendition in song of Shakespeare's Sonnet 35 for a Royal Academy of Dramatic Art benefit recording, When Love Speaks: Sonnets of Shakespeare. Released in 2002, the recording includes performances by such disparate artists as Joseph Fiennes, Sir John Gielgud, Alan Rickman, Kenneth Branagh, Fiona Shaw, Des'Ree, Annie Lennox, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. According to Heffley, Mo' described his work on this project as his "bravest undertaking of the whole year."

Comfortable with his melding of the old and the new, Mo' said simply, "I trust my instincts and go with them," according to Down Beat magazine. "It's important to respect the elders and study them," he added, "but it's just as important to do your own thing."

Mo' toured widely in the early 2000s and cemented his reputation as a major concert draw, but after Big Wide Grin came a three-year hiatus in his solo recording activity. When he did return to the studio in 2004, it was with a fresh burst of enthusiasm: Mo' released two recordings that year, one of which stuck closer to his blues roots while the other was a canny guess as to where the singer's sophisticated pop audience might be headed next.

The bluesy release was Keep It Simple, whose 12 original songs were all written or co-written by Mo' himself. Ebony hailed the album for its "simple rhythms and lyrics that are profound and compelling." Mo' played a National steel guitar, one of the classic blues instruments, on the album, but he also joined with an eclectic set of guests that included bluegrass mandolinist Sam Bush and the country/Contemporary Christian husband-and-wife duo Vince Gill and Amy Grant. After Keep It Simple, Mo' released PeaceBack by Popular Demand, an album of covers of classic protest songs of the 1960s. In an era of rising political protest, the album seemed to be a smart move commercially.

As the album came out in September of 2004, Mo' was in the midst of a foray into political activism himself: he was a participant in the Vote for Change tour featuring artists who gave concerts in order to raise money for the effort to defeat President George W. Bush in the November election that year. "I'd like to think [the concert series] had a higher mind to it than just defeating a president but maybe defeating an idea that we need to be the big, bad wolf of the world," Mo' told the CNBC cable television network. Although the Vote for Change campaign was ultimately unsuccessful, it put Keb' Mo' on stages with some of the top names in the music business, Bonnie Raitt and Bruce Springsteen among them. Prematurely pronounced dead, the blues were now commercially vital once again thanks in large part to Keb' Mo's music.

Selected discography

Keb' Mo', OKeh/Epic, 1994.

Just Like You, OKeh/Epic, 1996.

Slow Down, OKeh/Epic, 1998.

The Door, OKeh/Epic, 2000.

Big Wide Grin, Sony Wonder, 2001.

(Contributor) When Love Speaks: Sonnets of Shakespeare, EMI Classics, 2002.

Keep It Simple, OKeh, 2004.

PeaceBack by Popular Demand, Sony, 2004.

Sources

Periodicals

Billboard, April 11, 1998, p. 10.

Detroit News, October 12, 1995.

Down Beat, March 1999, p. 22.

Ebony, May 2004, p. 26.

Guitar Player, September 1994, p. 14; February 1999, p. 35; January 2001, p. 53.

Los Angeles Times, November 30, 2000; July 21, 2001.

Offbeat, July 1996.

School Library Journal, August 2001, p. 92.

Sing Out!, Summer 2004, p. 155.

Variety, June 24, 2002, p. 32.

Online

"Keb' Mo'," All Music Guide,http://www.allmusic.com (November 5, 2004).

Keb' Mo' Official Website, http://www.kebmo.com (January 13, 2005).

Additional information was obtained from "Capital Report," CNBC News Transcripts, September 27, 2004.

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Musician

At a Glance

Selected discography

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Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Keb Mo is considered one of the brightest new stars in the blues genre. Since his 1994 debut on the OKeh label, he has won numerous awards and has expanded his work to include television and film soundtracks as well as frequent concert appearances. His unique melding of traditional blues with more recent elements, from pop to rock, have won critical praise and propelled Mos recordings to the top of the charts.

Born Kevin Moore in Compton, California, in 1952, Mo grew up steeped in the musical traditions that his extended family had brought from the Deep South. He listened to blues recordings and R&B on the local radio station, and heard gospel music every Sunday at the Baptist church his family attended. By age ten, he was recruited into his school band, where he began on trumpet. I remember the first time playing with the band, playing whole notesit just felt so good, he told Los Angeles Times writer Steve Appleford. It just felt like the place to be. The young musician went on to try steel drums and other percussion instruments, french horn, and guitar. Wherever they would let me participate, he commented to Lynn Heffley in the Los Angeles Times. I mean, I would play the triangle if they let me.

But once he discovered guitar, which his uncle invited him to try, Mo knew he had found his instrument. When I put my hand on the guitar the first time, that was it, he told Appleford. Two weeks later I was playing the guitar, finger-picking and the whole thing. I knew four chords, five chordsI was ready to rock. Despite his blues heritage, however, Mo dreamed of success as a pop star. He joined various cover bands after high school, performing Top 40 hits and oldies until one of his bosses suggested that his music lacked a certain something. This musician introduced Mo to material with more Caribbean and African sounds, such as the music of the Neville Brothers. Mo commented in an article in Offbeat magazine, I took it to heart and listened to them, and began to incorporate that kind of swing into my own kind of music.

During the early 1970s Mo began to find modest success as a backup musician. In 1973 he joined a blues-rock group headed by Papa John Creach, the former vocalist for Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna. Mo stayed with Creachs band for three years, touring steadily and making three albums. He then went on to work as a studio musician in Los Angeles. He released

At a Glance

Born in 1952, in Compton, CA; one son.

Career: Signed with Epic Records blues label, OKeh, 1994; performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, Montreaux Jazz Festival, and North Sea Jazz Festival.

Awards: Blues Artist of the Year, 1996; Grammy Awards, Best Contemporary Blues Album, 1996 and 1998.

Address: Office Epic Records, P.O. Box 4450, New York, NY 10101-4450.

his own album, Rainmaker, in 1980, but it garnered little notice.

Throughout the 1980s Mo continued to strive for a stardom that remained elusive. In 1983 he joined the house band at the Los Angeles club Marlas Memory Lane. There he met blues saxophonist Monk Higgins, the bandleader who Mo later credited as probably the most important element in developing my understanding of the blues, as he commented in the Detroit News. It wasnt until 1990, however, that Mo got the break that would turn his career around. The casting director for Rabbit Foot, a theater production in Los Angeles, needed an actor who could play a Delta blues musician. I said I could do itI liedbut then I really got drawn into the role, he confided to Guitar Player writer Andy Widders-Ellis. So successful was his performance that Mo was cast in another bluesman role in the play Spunk. These roles led to solo engagements that boosted Mos popularity. The response was incredible, he told Widders-Ellis, the best Id ever had with my band.

By this time, as Mo explained to Appleford, I really didnt care anymore about star status. I just wanted to play music. I didnt care if I was successful or not successful. I didnt care if I was living out of a box downtown. I just wanted to do it. His exposure to Delta music prompted him to go back to study the blues classics, and he even took lessons at McCabes Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Among his most important blues influences were the legendary Robert Johnson and contemporary giant Taj Mahal, who had played a concert at Mos high school years earlier.

In 1994 Mo signed with Epic Records on their newly revived blues label, OKeh. That year he released his debut album, Keb Mo, which was his new professional name, an African-American version of his given name that he felt would better reflect his blues orientation. A friend, drummer Quentin Dennard, had started pronouncing his name this way during sessions at Los Angeles clubs when Mo would sit in with house musicians. The record earned glowing reviews from such publications as the New York Times, People, and the Houston Chronicle. Critics hailed Mo as an important new voice with both authentic blues roots and a contemporary sound.

The success of Keb Mo led to more engagements at music festivals, clubs, and coffeehouses. In addition, Mo began opening for such big stars as Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker, and George Clinton. In 1996 Mo released his second album, Just Like You, which won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Albumas did his next release, Slow Down, in 1998. Mos music could soon be heard everywhereon radio; on the television series Touched By an Angel and the CBS drama The Promised Land; on several film soundtracks, including One Fine Day, Tin Cup, and Down in the Delta; and on the concert stage, as Mo shared star billing with such performers as Bonnie Raitt and Celine Dion. Many leading artists covered Mos songs, from Joe Cocker with Has Anybody Seen My Girl, to B. B. King with Dangerous Mood. The Yale Repertory Company commissioned Mo to write the score for Keith Glovers play Thunder Knocking on the Door.

When I first heard Delta blues, Mo told Rusty Russell of Guitar Player, it really grabbed meand became my foundation as a playerbut it never occurred to me to shut off other things that make me who I am as a musician. Pointing out that television, Top 40 radio, and the 1960s folk music and rock scene were an important part of his adolescence, he cited James Taylor as a major influence on his fingerpicking style, and has never been shy about bringing innovative instrumentation and phrasing to his work. On his album The Door, Mo felt he achieved his most satisfying blend to date of traditional and new elements. His version of the Elmore James song It Hurts Me Too Much, for example, is a blues classic that includes subtle synthesizer accompaniment. Thats how I always heard blues coming out, and blues going somewhere elserather than the same old kind of thing. But its respectful of the original version, he commented to Appleford.

A project that surprised even Mo himself was Big Wide Grin, a compilation of childrens songs commissioned by Sony Wonder. At first, he envisioned the recording as a detour from his real work. But he soon became excited by the material. Though he contributed several original songs to the effort, including Infinite Eyes, which he wrote with John Lewis Parker and Essra Mohawk, and I Am Your Mother, Too, a song about adoption cowritten with Zuriani, Mo also put his own distinctive stamp on a wide range of other material. His choices were risky, from the high funk of Sly & the Family Stones Family Affair to the soul of the OJays Love Train; from Stevie Wonders Isnt She Lovely to Joni Mitchells Big Yellow Taxi, and the raunchier Fat Foot Floogie. His focus on the recording, Mo told Heffley, was to celebrate the many different forms that families take, from the intact nuclear unit to extended and blended families, and to expand awareness about adults responsibility to younger generations. Were wielding this great power of thought and mind and deed, he continued, and sometimes we use it carelessly.

Mo has also covered the Hank Williams hit Im So Lonesome I Could Cry, for a tribute album to the great country-western star. Perhaps the project farthest from his blues roots so far is his rendition in song of Shakespeares Sonnet 35 for a Royal Academy of Dramatic Art benefit recording, When Love Speaks: Sonnets of Shakespeare. Released in 2002, the recording includes performances by such disparate artists as Joseph Fiennes, Sir John Gielgud, Alan Rickman, Kenneth Branagh, Fiona Shaw, DesRee, Annie Lennox, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. According to Heffley, Mo described his work on this project as his bravest undertaking of the whole year.

Comfortable with his melding of the old and the new, Mo has said simply, I trust my instincts and go with them, according to Down Beat magazine. Its important to respect the elders and study them, he added, but its just as important to do your own thing.

Selected discography

Keb Mo, OKeh/Epic Records, 1994.

Just Like You, OKeh/Epic Records, 1996.

Slow Down, OKeh/Epic Records, 1998.

The Door, OKeh/Epic Records, 2000.

Big Wide Grin, Sony Wonder, 2001.

(Contributor) When Love Speaks: Sonnets of Shakespeare, EMI Classics, 2002.

Sources

Books

Contemporary Musicians, Vol. 21, Gale, 1998.

Periodicals

Billboard, April 11, 1998, p. 10.

Detroit News, October 12, 1995.

Down Beat, March 1999, p. 22.

Guitar Player, September 1994, p. 14; February 1999, p. 35; January 2001, p. 53.

Los Angeles Times, November 30, 2000; July 21, 2001.

Offbeat, July 1996.

School Library Journal, August 2001, p. 92.

Elizabeth Shostak

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Mo’, Keb’

Keb Mo

Blues artist

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Keb Mo is Born

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Kevin Moore was born in Los Angeles in the early 1950s, but is actually a product of the deep Southpossessing the values, music, and religion that black southerners carried with them on their migratory path to California in the first half of the 20th Century. Moores family and neighbors in their Compton community had roots in the hard soil of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. Growing up in that setting, Moore found music all around himblues on the record player, soul and R&B on the radio, gospel from the choir at his familys Baptist church. The whole Southern culture kind of blended into one big black community, he told the Advocate. Everybody had church socials, fried chicken on Sunday, staying in church all day. The women wore the hats and gloves to churchand they got happy.

By age ten, Moore played percussion and rhythm instruments in a steel band that regularly landed gigs performing calypso music. He later tackled the trumpet, French horn, and guitar. After high school, Moore performed Top 40 songs and oldies in various cover bands. During that period, one of Moores bandleaders took him aside, told him his playing didnt swing, then taught him about the music of New Orleans and its relation to the sounds of the Caribbean and Africa. He gave me a big lesson. He sat down and listened to record after record with me, Moore was quoted in Offbeat magazine. He turned me on to the Wild Tchoupitoulas and all these other things he had, like the Neville Brothers. And I took it to heart and listened to them, and began to incorporate that kind of swing into my own kind of music, more feel.

In 1973 former Jefferson Starship/Hot Tuna vocalist and violinist Papa John Creach hired Moore to play with his blues/rock outfit. Three years and three albums with Creachs band provided Moore with a steady touring job, songwriting experience, and connections in the Southern California blues scene. From the mid-1970s through the early 1980s, Moore worked in Los Angeles as a session musician and studio arranger. In 1980 he released his debut album Rainmaker, on the Chocolate City label, a subsidiary of Casablanca Records. Unfortunately, it attracted little attention.

In 1983 Moore joined the house band at an L.A. club called Marias Memory Lane, where he learned from bandleader and veteran blues saxophonist, Monk Hig-gins, and jammed with legends such as Big Joe Turner, Albert Collins, Jimmy Witherspoon and Pee Wee Crayton. My exposure to Monk Higgins was probably the most important element in developing my understanding of the blues, Moore told the Detroit News. He reconnected with the blues in 1990, when the Los

For the Record

Born Kevin Moore in 1952 in Compton, CA. Moores stage name, Keb Mo, is a Black English version of his given name.

Signed with the Epic Records blues label, OKeh, and released self-titled debut, 1994; released Just Like You, 1996; performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan OBrien, and The Rosie ODonnell Show, 1996; appeared on the series Touched by an Angel, ABC In Concert, and Sessions at West 54th, 1997.

Performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, Montreaux Jazz Festival, and North Sea Jazz Festival, and his song Crapped Out Again was used in the Kevin Costner film Tin Cup.

Awards: Named Blues Artist of the Year, 1996, by the Blues Foundation; Just Like You earned Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album, 1996.

Addresses: Record company Epic Records, P.O. Box 4450, New York, NY 10101-4450.

Angeles Theater Center asked him to portray a Delta bluesman in a play called Rabbit Foot. By that time, I had already started listening to Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy, Moore said. Broonzy really blew my mind. His stuff was so basic, so powerfulthat Southern-man, gospelly blues sound. To me, his music was the sound of a man moanin out in the cotton field, trying to get free.

Keb Mo is Born

Moore went on to a role in a Mark Taper Theater production of Spunk and portrayed blues master Robert Johnson in a docudrama called Cant You Hear the Wind Howl? Meanwhile, he continued playing in L.A. clubs. The name Keb Mo came about around this time.A drummer friend, Quentin Dennard, gave him his street-slang stage name, Keb Mo. Id go see Quentins jazz band on Monday nights, bring my guitar and sit in, start playing the blues, Moore explained in his Epic Records biography. Hed look over the drums and holler, KEB MO! Like, if I was playing jazz I could be Kevin Moorebut if I was gonna play the blues I had to be Keb Mo!

Big changes were in store for Kevin Moore in June of 1994. Thats when Epic Records released his album Keb Mo on its newly revived blues label, OKeh. Moores musical style demonstrated a timeless quality and his effortless ability to cross cultures and merge genres. The record won praise from the New York Times, People, and Request magazine, among others. One review compared his vocals to Otis Redding and David Ruffin and lauded his ability to move easily between 12-bar blues to melodic folk-pop ballads. Amid growing notoriety, Moore played music festivals, headlined at clubs and coffeehouses, and charmed large audiences while opening for artists as varied as Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, George Clinton, Joe Cocker, and the Subdudes.

Moores second record for Epic, Just Like You, took him to new heights, winning a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album of 1996. Like Taj Mahal, his closest spiritual precursor, singer-guitarist Keb Mo breathes new life into archetypal African-American musical forms, Tom Sinclair wrote in a review of Just Like You for Entertainment Weekly. This freewheeling traditionalist works his alchemy on sweet country blues, gritty juke-joint jive, up-tempo R&B, and even breezy, George Benson-style jazz-pop. The Washington Post suggested that Moore had created a marketing dilemma for himself with all his genre-hopping. By shifting his focus back and forth between these styles, the newspaper concluded, Mo runs the risk of alienating both blues purists and pop radio programmers. Yet anyone with open ears will recognize him for what he is: gifted and versatile.

Meanwhile, Moore returned to his familial and musical rootsby moving into a house on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans. He also shows no sign of reigning in his wandering spirit. I want to stretch out more, on both ends, he told the Detroit News. I want to go back even further, and dig deeper into the traditional-blues well, but I also want to bring something new to the table creatively, maybe by adding more electric guitar or putting today-type sounds on top of a traditional rhythm section. Im definitely looking to expand the realm of possibilities with the blues.

Selected discography

Rainmaker, Chocolate City, 1980.

Keb Mo, OKeh/Epic Records, 1994.

Just Like You, OKeh/Epic Records, 1996.

(Contributor) Tin Cup (soundtrack), Epic, 1996.

Sources

Advocate, April 25, 1997.

Detroit News, October 12, 1995.

Entertainment Weekly, June 12, 1996.

Offbeat, July 1996.

People, July 25, 1994.

Washington Post, August 30, 1996

Additional information provided by Epic Records web page.

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