Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ will join forces for an upcoming album on Concord Records, signaling a historic collaboration between two generations of blues icons. The duo will release TajMo, an album of original songs and covers, on May 5.
In addition to the two blues giants, TajMo will also feature cameos from Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Sheila E., Lizz Wright and more. The album’s first single, “Don’t Leave Me Here,” was written by Taj and Keb’ and is available for streaming here.
While the two guitarists have collaborated for decades—Taj played a key role in inking Keb’s first record deal—TajMo marks the pair’s first full studio collaboration. The album was self-produced by the duo and was recorded by Zach Allen, John Caldwell and Casey Wasner at Nashville’s Stu Stu Studio. The 11-song set includes covers of John Mayer and The Who, as well as 6 original songs.
TajMo represents a unique blending of two of the most distinctive voices in blues. In a press statement, Taj and Keb explained that their chemistry functioned on both a musical as well as personal level.
“He’s a stellar human being, just a brilliant man,” Keb’ said of Taj. “Making this record was a really big deal for me.”
“Keb’s really good at keeping the ball up in the air,” Taj noted. “He’s a hell of a guitar player, and I’m just amazed at some of the stuff that he put out there.”
Taj Mahal is a multiple Grammy winner who has performed and recorded with legends such as the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and many over the course of his long career. Keb’ Mo’, who has often cited Taj as an influence, is a three-time Grammy winner who has collaborated with everyone from Raitt to Jackson Browne and Buddy Guy.
TajMo: The Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band will be touring extensively in support of the record, including stops at the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles (June 10); the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. (Aug. 9); The House of Blues in Houston (Sept. 23); and on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, which departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Oct. 21.
For more information, visit Concord’s website. DB