Keb’ Mo’ (Kevin Moore) is celebrating 20 years since his debut album with a tour in support of the release of “BLUESAmericana”, his twelfth studio album. Despite being known as an exponent of the Delta and Chicago Blues, he has always composed songs with Jazz, Rock and Soul influences – a man who understands the complete gamut of contemporary American music.
He’s backed tonight by a drummer, keyboard player and five-string bass player. The band members all sing backing vocals whilst providing rock solid backing throughout the show, which lasts for just under two hours. The keyboard player in particular adds a definite Gospel sound to the set melding the Gospel and The Blues, fitting given the setting for the gig.
With a number of albums under his belt, the set tonight is made up of a good mix of showcasing the new album and playing classic songs like “The Door”, the title track of his fourth studio album released in 2000. This is my first time hearing the new album and on first listen it sounds like a very personal and heartfelt set of songs.
Keb’ Mo’ plays a range of guitars during the set, from a black fender stratocaster to an acoustic guitar to a resonator guitar played with a bottleneck slide. One of the new songs, “For Better Or Worse” is a testimony to devotion and marriage whilst another new song that stood out for me was “The Old Me Better”, performed in the style of a New Orleans street parade song and a fitting tribute to the Crescent City.
An impeccable evening of music that uses the Blues as a blueprint for contemporary song-writing. An excellent show by a great musician.