Posted On 24 Sep 2015
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Earlier this year, three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ embarked on a new chapter in his career with the release of “BLUESAmericana” on Kind of Blue Music.
His post-modern blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz and pop.
This twelfth full-length album marks the 20th anniversary of his debut “Keb’ Mo’”. This album also shows a more poignant and joyfully melodic Keb then ever before.
Many of them, including “Do It Right” and the reflective “For Better Or Worse,” discuss devotion and marriage. The silly “The Worst is Yet To Come” is about hope, despite the hilarious laundry list of pitfalls its protagonist endures as he searches for a silver lining. The song, “Somebody Hurt You” is, in Keb’s words, “where the blues meets the church.” It features Rip Patton, a longtime friend and Civil Rights era Freedom Rider, on beatific bass vocals.
“My first intention was to make a stripped-down acoustic album — just me and my guitar playing some songs. But” — Keb laughs — “I couldn’t do it! I love ensembles so much.”
During a short break from touring in Minneapolis, MN, Keb’ Mo’ took some time to speak with All Access writer, Leah Adams: