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Artist Spotlight: Keb’ Mo’
This is the thirteenth post in a series of articles highlighting the artists performing at The 2018 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. Check out the rest here

-Lauren Brown, Roots N Blues Intern

Keb’ Mo’, born Kevin Moore of Los Angeles, is a force to be reckoned with. Moore released his first album under the moniker in 1994, a soulful record presenting himself as an almost modern continuation of Delta Blues. “The blues is very powerful and fuels what I do,” he explained. “The blues puts the ‘realness’ in it for me.” You can clearly feel his story and emotion in his voice. His career continued to evolve over a span of 14 albums, delivering a sound which has been influenced by jazz, pop, R&B, rock, country and soul.  

Mo’ is accompanied by an incredible group of musicians: Les Falconer III (drums), Vail Johnson (bass), Michael Hicks (keyboard), Kevin So (keyboard/guitar) and Jeff Paris (Guitar). Over the years, Mo’ and his band have landed 11 Grammy nominations as well as three Grammy wins, ranging from Best Blues Album and Best Americana Album to Best Country Song — in addition to the 2018 Grammy win for Best Contemporary Blues Album for his collaborative record with Taj Mahal, Tajmo.  

The musician’s career has gained the attention of the iconic music manufacturers Gibson Brands. In turn, they have created the Keb’ Mo’ Signature Bluesmaster and Keb’ Mo’ Signature Bluesmaster Royale. Keb Mo’s success has also attracted the likes of  Eric Clapton, who has extended several invitations for Mo’ to perform at his Crossroads Festival. His career doesn’t stop there; Mo’ has even created his own record label, Yolabelle, and has been featured in both television and film, earning him 6 BMI Film & TV awards.

He also shares RNB’s passion for music education; he works as a celebrity mentor with the Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts program, a program providing children with a high-quality arts education experience in hopes that such an impact will be felt throughout all aspects of life, and he  is involved with the Playing for Change Foundation, which aims to create global connections through the use of music as uniting force.

Keb’ Mo’ is kicking off his 2018 tour in Chicago this April, and we can’t wait until he makes it down to our very own Roots N Blues music festival stage!

Photo via Tunefind