Singer-songwriter and guitarist Keb Mos music is a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of Americainforming all of its musical roots before evolving into a universally celebrated art form. Born Kevin Moore in South Los Angeles to parents originally from the deep South, he adopted his better known stage name when he was a young player who became inspired by the force of this essential African-American legacy. In the storied tradition of bluesmen before him including Muddy Waters formerly McKinley Morganfield and Taj Mahal, who began his days as Henry St. Clair Fredericks, Moore became known as Keb Mo. His acclaimed self-titled 1994 debut album introduced that now famous appellation to the world, and his latest album, 2006s Suitcase, brings it to new heights.
Mos music is also a purely post-modern expression of the artistic and cultural journey that has transformed the blues, and his own point of view, over time. His distinctive sound embraces multiple eras and genres, including pop, rock folk and jazz, in which he is well-versed. In total, it owes as much to contemporary musics singer-songwriter movement, encompassing his longtime friends and collaborators Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, as to the spirit of blues godfather Robert Johnson that dwells in his work. For Keb Mo, the common bond between these influences is the underlying storytelling ethic, the power of song to convey human experience and emotional weight.