Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
(Cincinnati, OH – 2/13/18) – Following the 2017 release of TajMo which won the 2018 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues album, iconic guitarists Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ are taking their collaboration on the road. “We wanted to do a real good record together, but we didn’t want to do the record that everyone expected us to do,” blues legend Taj Mahal says of TajMo, his historic collaboration with fellow true believer Keb’ Mo.’ “There wasn’t a bunch of cryin’ and ringin’ hands, we just got together and it came together pretty naturally. I think it’s a pretty upbeat, celebratory record, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Reserved tickets $63.50, $49.50, and $39.50 (plus applicable fees), go on sale Friday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at www.tafttheatre.org, the Taft Theatre Box Office, and www.ticketmaster.com. Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000.
TajMo, released May 5, 2017, via Concord Records, marks a once-in-a-lifetime convergence of the talents of two unique American artists who’ve already built significant individual legacies that have consistently expanded and extended American blues traditions into astonishing new territory. The collaboration brings out the best in both artists, who merge their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that’s firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a restless, spirited sense of adventure.
The iconoclastic pair’s combustible creative chemistry powers such unforgettable new originals as “Don’t Leave Me Here,” “All Around The World,” “That’s Who I Am” and the anthemic “Soul.” TajMo also features guest appearances by Sheila E., Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt, who lends her voice to a memorable cover of John Mayer’s “Waiting On The World To Change”; in addition, Joe Walsh adds his trademark guitar work to “Shake Me In Your Arms” and an inspired reading of The Who’s classic “Squeeze Box.”
Taj Mahal first made his mark in the late 1960s with a series of visionary country-blues albums that helped to spark a widespread resurgence of interest in traditional acoustic blues. In the decades since, he has remained a singular creative force, pursuing his free-spirited muse with a lengthy series of eclectic recording projects.