Legendary bluesman and four-time Grammy Award-winner Keb’ Mo’ has announced selected UK shows for January 2020 – this run of dates will also see the performer, who is an acknowledged modern master of American roots music, heading into mainland Europe and then across to India. Visit the artist’s official website for further information on all the dates.
Following the release of the thought-provoking Oklahoma album in spring 2019, a record that brought worldly issues to the forefront, Keb’ Mo’ returned to lift spirits with a heartfelt feel-good Christmas outing, Moonlight, Mistletoe & You, released on 18 October 2019 – both albums were issued via Snakefarm Records in the UK.
Moonlight, Mistletoe & You embraces Keb’ Mo’s diverse talents, showing that this celebrated blues exponent is just as adept addressing R&B and Americana-styled roots music. Produced by Keb’ himself, the record provides seven new songs plus three covers.
“After 25 years of performing without releasing a Christmas album, I felt now was as good a time as any to spread some love and compassion,” he reflects. “There’s something about Christmas time that makes everyone’s heart a little lighter, and I wanted to contribute to the movement of spreading a little joy. I feel like I was able to accomplish that through the making of the album”.
A four-times Grammy winner, Keb’ Mo’ is eclectic musician, playing blues, folk, Americana and jazz. That diversity is in part due to his exposure to different types of music as a teenager.
“I stayed close to the radio when I was growing up, and in my late teenage years I got an old ’64 Ford Falcon and started listening to albums on an eight-track tape machine in the car” he told uDiscover Music earlier in 2019. “I would just ride around listening to all sorts of music, including Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, the rock band Iron Butterfly, the San Francisco group Santana and a lot of Taj Mahal. I would buy these bootleg tapes and discover new music. The 60s were a great time for music. Music was very open then and free. It was not categorised so tightly.”
Keb’ Mo’ plays the following UK dates in January 2020:
Jan 22 – London, Subterania
Jan 23 – Glasgow, Old Fruitmarket, Celtic Connections Festival
Jan 24 – Dumfries, Big Burns Supper.
Moonlight, Mistletoe & You is out now and can be bought here.