Blues figureheads Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ will release their collaborative album TajMo on Concord on 5 May. Here’s a preview of it in the form of their upbeat composition together, ‘All Around The World’:
The album marks the first coming together on record of two American artists of long standing. Taj Mahal, born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks and now aged 74, made his debut with a self-titled release in 1968, and is of course also known for his previous collaborations with the Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy and others. Keb’ Mo,’ now 65, has built a catalogue of a dozen studio albums since debuting with Rainmaker in 1980.
TajMo merges the voices, personalities and guitar styles of the two artists and features some notable guest appearances, by Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Sheila E. Raitt features on the duo’s remake of John Mayer’s modern-day anthem ‘Waiting On The World To Change.’ The original, from Mayer’s 2006 album Continuum, was a No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Mahal and Mo’ will embark on an extensive tour together this year, starting on 30 May in Fort Collins, Colorado. After US dates through the whole of June, the pair will come to Europe, with concerts such as a 7 July show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and various festival appearances including at North Sea Jazz. Countless more US dates follow from August to October.