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HUNTINGDON (December 21) - Keb’ Mo’s Jingle Bell Jamboree with special guest Alicia Michilli played to a sold-out audience at the Dixie Saturday night.
HUNTINGDON (December 21) - Keb’ Mo’s Jingle Bell Jamboree with special guest Alicia Michilli played to a sold-out audience at the Dixie Saturday night. He is considered a modern master of American roots music and plays with all the honesty and truth of a soul from the Delta. A singer, guitarist and songwriter, Mo’ draws heavily on the old fashioned country-blues stylings of Robert Johnson and mixes it with a heavy dose of here and now storytelling. Sometimes his songs are feel good. Sometimes they are important. But they all are real. He believes that “music should speak to the world.” And there’s no doubt that his does.
But his legendary reputation as a bluesman doesn’t stop there. His skill and love for a good, red guitar has inspired leading instrument makers like Gibson to issue the Keb’ Mo’ Signature Bluesmaster acoustic guitar and Martin Guitars to issue the HD-228KM Keb’ Mo’ Limited Edition Signature model.
Whether performing at the White House or live with Garth Brooks, Keb’ Mo’ does more than just keep the Blues alive. It thrives under his careful craft. B.B. King, Buddy Guy, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker, Robert Palmer, and Tom Jones have all recorded his songs while his list of collaborators include Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, Cassandra Wilson, Amy Grant, Solomon Burke, and more.
Keb’ helps the Blues stay alive in other ways too. He has been involved with Playing For Change, a program created to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music, since its beginning in 1996. Keb’ is also a mentor with the Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts program, a highly successful program where artists work as mentors with teachers, students, parents and the community to help build sustainable arts education programs.
Keb’ Mo’ never intended to do a holiday album, “It’s been a long time coming, and I did something I said I would never do... Of course, ‘never say never’ is the rule so here it comes, a holiday album and a tour to go along with."